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Oh goodness here we go

It’s awfully quiet in here.
If you’re there, dear reader, welcome to the beginning.

That’s right, Molly’s blogging! As I'm already learning, you have to take yourself pretty seriously to do this. For as long as I can remember, whenever someone has asked what my pet peeve is (honestly, I'm kind of averse to the idea of pet peeves, but that's another story for another time), I’ve replied, “People who take themselves too seriously.” So it would appear that I am / we are treading on perilous ground here.

Just so as to wipe away any scrap of mystery, let me explain what I’m doing. My mission statement, in a large nutshell:

This is my space to start writing for myself again, rather than for only for professors, advisors, students, grant committees, and the like. I’ve just returned from five weeks in Paris, ostensibly doing pilot research for an eventual dissertation, but more accurately walking, walking, walking, eating, eating, drinking Champagne, perfecting my Parisian woman poker face, café-sitting, defending my honor in the face of evil BHV employees, fixing what was broken, being impetuous, thinking, thinking, and learning. I’m not going through with my Ph.D. I was perhaps the last to see it, but better late than never.

The alternate plan, as it currently stands: I will continue for the coming year, write my Master’s thesis, do lots and lots of writing, and stick my neck out. Next stop: food writing, or perhaps cookbook editing. Il faut que je sois fonceuse, as those French say.

In the coming weeks, though, I plan to churn through a few cookbooks and bake as much as possible. Maybe work on my meat-roasting techniques too. So this is an official call for a refreshments management team. Are you in Seattle? How does chocolate sound to you? How about rustic-ish French tartes, cakes, clafoutis, and such? I am the woman for you. I bake, you eat. I eat too, of course, but there’s only so much one girl can do on her lonesome. Sign-ups are now open.

And there it is! We’re off!


Anonymous julie boatstreetz said...

You go girl!
I loved hearing Keaton tell the story of you finding your voice again through this blog. It is so sweet to be able to go back in the archives of this site and not only, get a glimpse of this incredibly precious and courageous state of mind, but to also be the first one to comment on your first posting...ha ha, just kidding. I need to get this comment done with so I can get back to reading. Lots of love, j
p.s. i have teared up twice today telling people how beautiful your wedding was. what a blessing to be a part of the start of your lives together.

6:33 PM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Alishia said...

did you notice you started this blog exactly three years before you got married? kismet!

7:11 AM, August 14, 2007  
Anonymous Julie said...

Hi Molly,
I'm new to the blogging world and am glad to have found you. I'm going to start reading from the old to the new postings. I started your book. I love it.

4:29 AM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Guinevere said...

Molly. Hi:) I picked up your book today at a lovely little bookshop, went home, told my sister about it, and promptly seized her offer to buy it for my birthday. I'm very excited:) I love food, I love reading, I love writing, and I am encouraged by the thought of someday escaping the time constraints that keep me (so distressingly) writing primarily for professors and scholarship-bestowing boards. I am looking forward to the book and the blog--best of luck to you through and with it all:)

12:16 AM, March 21, 2009  
Anonymous Sherri said...

Hi Molly,
I'm almost finished with your book and I cannot tell you how much I love it and how calm it has made me at this time of my life. Thank you. I am going to begin reading Orangette now, starting from the beginning. I feel as though I am on a special journey--and by the way, your writing has revved up my desire to cook, cook, cook!

10:47 PM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger Renee said...

I see that I am not alone in wanting to start back at the beginning. I'm almost done with your book, Molly. It's inspiring, funny and wonderful. I came to see you at the signing in San Francisco. It was my first book signing. I enjoyed everything you said including the answers to the many questions thrown at you. I wasn't sure I wanted to read your book at first because I did not have a good relationship with my dad, or mom for that matter, and I didn't want to be jealous of your great love. However, I overcame my fear and I am so happy I did. I love your book because I love food and France too. Your writing style is captivating. I've been reading your blog almost daily since right before your wedding. Your book is more personal though. Now, when I'm just about to run out of book to read, I want to read the prequel, your blog from the beginning. You were very brave to start the blog and tenacious in keeping up with it so faithfully. Thank you for all your hard work, your recipes and your willingness to bare your soul to all of us.

4:33 PM, April 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I wanted to see what it was like for you too in the beginning, as I started my own blog this week. It is a bit of a lonely place I can see. But hopefully I'll see the forest through the trees, especially since so many of them are down in this NJ thunder storm. Your writing is so simple and sweet, thanks.

1:09 PM, July 29, 2009  
Anonymous marsha said...

Your writing is so simple and sweet, a pleasure to read. I can see it's a bit of a lonely place in the beginning, you're an inspiration.

1:13 PM, July 29, 2009  
Blogger naj said...

Found your blog about a year ago now -- the chickpea recipe drew me in. It was my first real blogging experience -- finding one that struck a chord and resonated (and provided a now-staple recipe). I'm still not sure how in the world I found it without wading through the millions out there. I may complain, but I'm now embarking on a blog myself -- just adding to the clutter on the wonderful world wide web these days.
As an amateur lover of fine food with a graduate student (nonexistent) budget, I wondered how you managed to afford such lush dining experiences yourself when you were at that stage in these first posts.
I hope the restaurant biz treats you well! On my next visit to Seattle I'll be sure to drop by Delancey.

4:09 PM, August 11, 2009  
Anonymous Christine said...

So as I read through your first blog postings, I realized that I not only was not the first person to feel the pull of reading your early work after reading your book. And then I found that I'm also not the first person to note that they aren't the first person. Alas... you'll get no new perspectives from me on your honest and beautiful and enviable writing, or "can't wait to try that" recipe, or touching personal history through cooking and eating. I will say that your ability to take a reader into a moment of your life, make us feel like we are standing there with you in your kitchen as you stain a favorite shirt because you just had to roast or toast or braise or saute something, is truly a gift. So forgive me that it took several years for me to find this blog. And thank you - this is just what I need now.

10:46 PM, October 09, 2009  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I am a local Ballard girl myself and I read about you this morning on KOMO. I have recently gone back to school for my engineering degree, but I am finding that my homework seems to be taking second to my love of baking. This is the first time in my life that I have had a little time for myself. I am just beginning to read your blog and I am very excited! Congratulations on your success. I can't wait until Amazon deliver your book.

11:28 AM, January 16, 2010  
Anonymous Julie Wallbridge said...

Hello Molly,

I have been slowly consuming your book for a year now. Recipe by recipe, I can barely get through a section without heading to the kitchen. What you need to understand is that I'm a total WING IT girl. This is the first time I've ever repeatedly and religiously followed more than one recipe from a book. So, thank you. Those tuna/gouda cheese thingies are still making my mouth water. And finally, someone with an adequate respect for ginger in baking. Ahhhhh. As I just started blogging on growing and processing food for our family (and other dramatic details of life on the farm), I thought I would check out your initial post. What a ride. Congratulations to you. And thanks.

11:45 AM, January 18, 2011  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

First off - wow. As an anthropologist major/biology minor who lives to cook and eat as well as read and write about food, let me say it was pretty amazing to find you - like all the planets aligned! You in no uncertain terms, are living my dream. I bought your book to keep myself entertained on a trans-Atlantic flight and delighted at reading the french yogurt cake recipe merely hours after buying my very own french yogurt in a ceramic container - and they laughed at me for keeping it after I had consumed its silky contents!
Your successes have reassured me that doing something you love can truly change everything for the better (with hard work and a bit of luck of course :)
Keep it up and we're all looking forward to the new book and the Pantry!

7:54 AM, April 06, 2011  
Blogger The Dutch cheesegirl said...

Hi Molly,

I would like to let you know that I love your blog! I just started following you for a little while now and it is always a pleasure to read your stories. Just now I had a look at the beginning, to find out that you had made a big decision concerning your PhD just before you started this blog. I just made a big decision concerning a Master programme and after that started my blog as a new 'project' to focus on. I love the reading and the writing and you inspire me! I can only hope my blog might bring me just as many good things as yours brought to you. Your book is on my wishlist! Ciao, saluti da Italia!

11:21 AM, October 03, 2011  
Anonymous simpleaja said...

wow blogging since 2004? its amazing :)

11:09 PM, December 06, 2013  
Blogger Twist said...

I found this blog recently and I just like reading about this life. I'm an aspiring writer myself (at 14, I'm not sure what that says, but I'm aiming for it anyway). It's just good to read about your story and how you are still growing as a writer - I guess writers never stop growing.
I don't know. But keep posting! (I've read your more recent posts but have gone back to the first one to comment.) You've held out this far - you can hold out some more. :)
I'm at onlymetoeversee.blogspot.com

7:45 AM, December 03, 2014  
Anonymous marcia bossi said...

I have just started on the long road that is daily blogging and I wondered how long it would take for my voice to be heard. Quite a few years by the look of it! Everything develops with time and I am starting right back at the beginning of your trip. I hope people will also join me on my journey and I look forward to meeting other people right here whose journey I can join.

2:46 PM, March 01, 2015  

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