Fix food. Serve others. Welcome to the intersection where food and life tangle in the most perfect mashup of things I love. Baking and people.
I’m an enthusiastic baker and my poison is pie. A few years ago, I set out to teach myself to make pie and embarked on a non-stop baking tear that resulted in some amazing pastry skills. Fixing food quieted my mind and inadvertently created space for self reflection. Spending time in that space helped me realize that I was more broken than I thought from a string of miscarriages and that I was really just trying to distract myself with this baking frenzy. Fixing food was beginning to help me fix myself. For the long version, make your way over to the My Story page to learn more about me. Visit the Recipes page for some of my favorite pies from those days and keep up with this blog as I continue my love affair with baking!
After making pie for a year straight, not only had I gained too much weight, but we simply had too much pie around the house. Still wanting to practice, I began baking and giving it away to people. I was nervous at first – how does one explain why they are giving away pie for no reason? But that was the beauty of what I was doing. There was no big event or reason to bake someone pie – it was simply a gesture of gratitude woven into daily living. Giving away food became a way for me to look outward and think of others. The experience was far from transactional. Each time I gave someone pie, a conversation ensued and a story unfolded. Food was a catalyst for opening hearts and building relationships. Visit the Served Stories page to read some of my early stories about giving away food and stay tuned to this blog as I continue my adventures of serving others through food!
Join the Experiment
Making food for people is a simple yet powerful exercise that can help us construct a lens trough which we see others first. There’s something about food that no other item can replace. Food cultivates genuine sharing and human exchanges in the most unexpected ways. I challenge you to try it and see what happens. Start with your neighbor. Expand your horizons to the person at the grocery store deli counter that is always so nice to you. You see where I’m going with this… get making!
Welcome to a place for the fixers and the helpers.
We fix food, we serve people, and ultimately, we feed ourselves in more ways than one.