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Contact: sarah@snixykitchen.com

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Howdy! Welcome to Snixy Kitchen. I’m Sarah (aka Snix) – a California girl married to a Texas boy. Snixy Kitchen is a Bay Area food blog, where I share recipes and the stories that go along with them. I cook from scratch, make up rules, use seasonal ingredients as much as possible, and reinvent classics to create special occasion sweets and everyday staples.

Shortly after returning to my home state after two years in Philadelphia, I found myself sharing a miniature in-law apartment with my then-boyfriend now-husband down the street from an organic produce market, fishmonger, butcher, and cheese mart in the Bay Area. I began this recipe journal in 2012 to chronicle my culinary stunts in our pint-sized kitchen, as I cooked my way through the multitudes of seasonable vegetables on my back porch. We’ve since tied the knot and upgraded from our 26-square foot kitchen, but I’m still using every inch of counter space to create recipes with fresh local ingredients to tell my life stories.

With no formal kitchen training, my primary job is as a Ph.D. student writing a dissertation in math education. My expertise is education, and accordingly, my hope is that you’ll take on culinary challenges, experiment, burn a few batches of cookies, and keep learning new things right along with me. On Snixy Kitchen, I share with you pages from my life-inspired recipe journal.

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My sweet tooth is wicked strong and I tend to prefer non-chocolate desserts (although, I must admit, chocolate is growing on me). My kitchen is usually stocked with: fresh parmesan, pine nuts, lemons, mushrooms (especially enoki mushrooms), and tofu. My husband Lucas joins in the cooking, eating, dishes, and photography; he also loves food so much that he just joined a food-product related start-up. We’ve got two cats named after our favorite California crop and its dipping sauce: Artichoke & Aioli. Their favorite foods are bok choy and kale.

What you won’t find traces of in my cooking: cilantro and blue cheese. As of May 8th 2013, I cut gluten out of my diet in a last-ditch effort to combat chronic migraines. Many earlier recipes have flour in them, but if you’re looking for gluten-free recipes, you can find gluten-free desserts here and gluten-free savory dishes here.

Where it all began…

When I was young, my mom taught me the unparalleled pleasure of homemade baked goods (and of licking the spatula as soon as the cookies hit the oven). At that age, it’s unbelievable that someone can figure out how to put these seemingly unrelated components together into something so delicious (it’s as awe-inspiring as watching your parents drive from one place to the other without even thinking). The idea of a recipe is utterly preposterous when you don’t yet know how to read; my mom was a magician and I wanted to be just like her.

My Nana further fostered my interest in culinary arts by providing all the finest tools and allowing me to select the ingredients of my choice from her cupboards to be mixed into the most delicious pie you ever saw. Humoring me, she baked my (often green) hodgepodge concoctions until they appeared somewhat edible. Although, come to think of it, I have no recollection of what happened after the piping hot pastry emerged from the oven.

This experimental kitchen practice continued into my late elementary school years when I called on a partner in crime to help me whip up some dangerously disgusting “muffins” to feed to any unsuspecting boys in our class, who would soon regret trusting me with their taste buds. I’ve since grown out of these mischievous food preparation antics, but remnants of the trial-and-error method still remain (with perhaps a small dose of well-meaning guile when sneaking mushrooms into Chuy’s food).

As a theatre major in college, I cooked between rehearsals to ensure nourishment, and occasionally dabbled in a few of my mom’s and Big Sarah’s (my namesake and home chef extraordinaire) passed-on and time-tested recipes. When I moved to Philadelphia to teach math after college, my roommate Ashley and I prepared nightly dinners as a way to let off steam from the surely stressful day we had in our classrooms, but fresh seasonable produce was not yet part of my vocabulary. In 2009, I moved back to California, and more specifically, to a neighborhood where not taking advantage of the local shops would have been a crime, and cooking became a more serious endeavor of mine. Seasonal cooking. In walks Snixy Kitchen, a Bay Area food blog.

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30 Comments

  1. SherI Nix says:

    Love your new blog! Can’t wait to see what is coming next!

  2. Angi Wu says:

    Yes! Finally! Now I don’t have to harass you for recipes. :)

  3. Cherie says:

    Nice job Sarah!

  4. Chauncey says:

    Awesome!! Looking forward to to future posts, Snix! (and the opportunity to actually pick up what you’re throwin down…)

    =)

  5. Veronica says:

    Love the look of your blog. Thank you for the Butternut squash soup recipe.

  6. Aunt Lonna says:

    I love your blog! Now, time to cook!

  7. Aunt Lonna says:

    I didn’t know you don’t like Blue Cheese! Mine and my dad’s favorite!!

  8. BeckiG says:

    I love your cute, cheerful kitchen! Looking forward to more of your blog!

  9. veghotpot says:

    Lovely looking recipes :) LOVE the yellow kitchen too!! Its so bright and fun :) x

  10. peppercornsinmypocket says:

    your blog it a lovely read, snix. love the little yellow kitchen! thanks for dropping by mine :)

  11. Love your blog! I am from Philadelphia but now live on the West Coast as well (PNW). I miss the food back there!!! Love your blog – thanks for stopping by mine.

  12. Sheri says:

    Boy do you look like your mama!!! ;)

  13. LOVE this. Shocked I hadn’t read your story sooner.

    THRILLED that you are writing your dissertation on math education (I majored in math and was about to pursue an M.A. in education but made a bizarre leap into biotech instead). This world needs more ladies teaching future generations to love math!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  14. Jessica M says:

    Your recipes sound delicious, your photography is gorgeous, and I’ve still got a serious crush on your awesome spectacles! Great style here. So glad we met and to have this blog to add this to my reading list =)

    xo
    Jesica

  15. I love that you are a PhD student and blogger! I am doing my MA at the moment, so although I am not quite on your level, I feel as if I can empathize somewhat in how challenging it is to maintain a blog with another huge commitment.
    Glad I found your blog, and from a fellow Bay Area blogger :)

    • Aw – thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a note! Oy vey – sometimes I feel like grad school and blogging are at such odds…

      I love meeting new bloggers in the Bay, so hopefully we run into each other in person sometime soon! xo.

  16. Sarah Kat says:

    I just found this blog and I’m already in love! HOW do you stay so skinny while cooking all these delicious looking foods?!

    • Oh my goodness – you just made my night! We try to keep a balance of healthy meals and indulgent desserts (eaten in moderation and shared with ALL the neighbors – ha!). The real question is how my neighbors stay so skinny while living next door to a food blogger ;)

  17. victoria says:

    Reading your blog makes me drool with hunger and my tummy happy that you strive to use the freshest, in season ingredients. Ah, the blessings of living in California. You could be the next Alice Waters!

  18. Hey Sarah! Was so excited to discover your blog through my friend Karen (Food Charlatan). It’s beautiful and your food looks fantastic! I lived for a short stint in the Bay Area many years ago and loved it there! My bro now lives out there so I find whatever excuse I can to go and visit! Hope to get to know ya better :)

  19. You are absolutely darling. I love your story, your recipes and your enthusiasm. I am a Texan, married a Californian. Love spending time hiking in N. California.

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