In a Nutshell…

Keeping my mother up to date on our life. You’re welcome to read along.


The Things We Do for Pizza

A tale of hunger, bloodshed, and a peek inside the life of a line cook.

Tessie Comes to Portland

February 28, 2019 I discovered February had come to an end when one of my coworkers remarked that there was no “29th” day of February as I labeled and dated a package of smoked salmon I had just portioned. I

Recipe Fails and Walmart Woes

February 15, 2019 It was the sort of Tuesday that made you question whether it was actually Monday. The kitchen I currently run closes at 3:00 pm and I faithfully watched the seconds tick by till the clock struck three

A Culinary Cabaret

January 4, 2019 This year I discovered a new tool; To encourage people and myself to think of three ways to phrase something before blurting it out. Its benefits are three-fold: 1. It gives you the opportunity to say something

A Bag of Bananas & a Bottle of Tamari

December 17, 2018 The month of December was a special time in my professional life. Let’s just be real here, I currently run a small kitchen program out of one of the more “well-to-do” coffee shops in PDX. We poach

The House, the Dogs, and the Cars

November 2, 2018 If you don’t know what Petfinder is, it is someones brilliant creation of an app that allows dog shelters to put up their adoptable dogs with a bio, their picture, and a bit of info about them.

Portland to Portland

October 19, 2018 Hello friends! I feel like I’m slowly coming back to the land of the living (AKA, the world online) after the last two months of craziness. And once I surface through all the facebook bog of politics,

Summer In Maine

July 13, 2018 This Nutshell is coming to you days late thanks to the heat wave that is sweeping most of the U.S and my affinity for watching deadlines as they go “whooshing past.” I’ve been far too busy laying

How a Tuna Fish Sandwich Saved Our Relationship

June 15, 2018 The more I get to know Maine the more I want to stay. Last Friday I worked the morning shift at the restaurant, which flew by in a frenzy of salt-roasted potatoes, chopping mirepoix for ragu, and