Hello to you, I’m so glad we found each other!
I’m Maggie and this space is all about getting back to our roots, both literally and figuratively. I’m all about creating a connection with our food and each other. My food stories have strengthened my personal intuition as to what fuels me: mind, body, and soul.
Above all, I’m a food lover. Life can be hard so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t taste exceptional. I hope this little space inspires you to further connect with your food and yourself.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or if you just wana chat!
For more about me, keep reading . . . .
Most people call me Maggie. Some call me Marge. No one calls me Marguerite Michaelyn, my actual name. You can call me whatever you like. That’s me, up there, in my garden, where I spend most of my time. On paper, I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness with a focus in Holistic Nutrition and a Bachelor of Art in English Literature. So, I guess you could say I’m a food nerd. I love snuggling that guy and those dogs down there. He’s the one who started calling me Marge, or Margie Mayhem, and it stuck. We live in rural WI, and yes, we raise chickens.
I have an unceasing and intense fascination with food and our connection to it, so I claimed this little space to creatively explore that connection and share and connect with you. Food motivates just about everything I do. It’s the reason I learned to cook, the reason I write, and the reason I photograph. It’s the reason I currently grow over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables. Every aspect of my life somehow correlates to food, and I don’t think I’m unique in that. Food and the preparation of it is a universal experience. It’s something we can all relate to, yet it can mean entirely different things to each of us.
Nothing so tangible can be thought of so intangibly. Food is social yet personal, both political and spiritual, emotional and mindless, practical and impractical, essential and extravagant. It can fuel us or slow us down, nourish or deteriorate us. We identify ourselves with it and others use it to describe us. Our connection to food is vast and unending, because it’s more than simply consuming. I believe when we look past basic consumption and explore our own food stories, we learn more about ourselves.
I hope that by showing you how I connect with my food, you create a further connection to your own. What you won’t find here are rules and rigidity, because we all have individual needs and unique preferences and I believe those should be celebrated instead of confined. I feel that when we connect with our food we become more in tune with what we truly need in order to thrive. I find it fascinating that everything we require to be our best selves is intuitively within us, if only we can learn to trust and listen.
For me this means cooking with whole foods, seasonal and local whenever possible, preferably homegrown or foraged. I grow my own food because the options are endless, I can do so without harsh chemicals, and it strengthens my relationship to the seasonality of our environment. Growing your own food is both powerful and humbling, and it’s something I wish everyone to experience, if even just through my lens. However, I’d be genuinely tickled pink if it somehow moved you to do the same (and I’d love hear about it).
Although I’m all about plant power, I do eat and cook with meat, mostly wild, though sometimes farmed. I favor wild meat because it comes from an animal in its natural environment. My main squeeze guides hunts for a living, and he’s opened my eyes to a community so far from the stereotype. Hunters who aren’t purely killing for ego, but hunting humbly with a deep appreciation for the animal and the sustenance it will provide. Participating in the hunt has brought me so much closer to nature and expanded my personal connection to food in such a visceral way, I sometimes find it hard to articulate.
I’ve never been one for rules or labels, so nothing is off limits here. I have no dietary restrictions but have deep respect for those who eat/cook a certain way because of them or for philosophical reasons, and I enjoy exploring and experimenting with various food philosophies. I simply feel that eating based on what’s in season and my body is telling me is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Sometimes that voice is saying, “kale.” And other times that it’s yelling WINE. And ICE CREAM. And that’s OK 🙂
Above all, I’m a food lover. Life can be hard so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t taste exceptional. I hope you can take these recipes and make them into something truly remarkable for you and your loved ones. I wholeheartedly believe anyone can learn to cook. You just need to find the inspiration to do so. And what better inspiration than yourself? The best food doesn’t come from the greatest recipe. It comes from you, because you created it and made it your own as to what best suits your tastes and needs.
I hope you see what I share here as an open seat for you at my table, where the seasons, flavors, and mood are always changing, yet simultaneously familiar; like an old recipe that somehow gets better every holiday or a family story that becomes more magical over time.
I hope you can take what you read and see here and apply it to your own life in your own way that makes it entirely and magically you.
I hope you get at least a bite size of inspiration, with a generous side of whimsy, and a few laughs along the way.
And I hope you join me, where the food’s less traveled and life’s slowed down. Cheers (virtually clinks your wine glass)!
Questions? Comments? Just wanna chat? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line.