July 14, 2012 by rapoulson
What Feeds Me will be a regular feature on this blog where I spotlight a link to someone/someones who works with food and/or beverage that I think is super effing awesome/inspirational. First up? Big Girls Small Kitchen (BGSK) inspiration for the other night’s fried rice.
Feeding yourself for the first time is really hard. I mean, by the time I was 22 and living in New York, I had pretty much mastered the whole fork and knife thing (I still don’t eat soup particularly gracefully. Don’t judge.) but deciding what to put in your mouth on a daily basis when you’re on your own and a little bit broke is kind of tough.
And I’m someone who knows how to cook. When I’m in the kitchen, I throw down. I have friends who like me solely for my dinner parties. I know exactly what to bring to a new boyfriend’s parents to make them fall in love with me. I can make a cassarole that will make you look forward to a funeral. I’m not kidding. You will wish death upon your loved ones (at least the ones you don’t love so much).
But non-special occasion cooking took a while for me to master. Most of that first year in the city looked like this: eggwhites with black beans, salsa and sour cream for breakfast, salad and french fries for lunch at work and coffee ice cream for dinner (after I had finished viewing Grey’s Anatomy on the eliptical).
And that’s where BGSK came in: the Monday Night Sweet and Sour Tofu is a near necessity in my fridge. So is the Mediterranean Vegetable Hash. They also have a healthy respect for the grilled cheese. Use caution when employing their 7 Best Ways to Make Someone Fall in Love with You Over Breakfast . You may end up with a Stage Five Clinger.
It wasn’t just the recipes that made me fall in love with BGSK, though. These were smart ladies, just a year older than me, who were attempting to build lives for themselves in NYC, and shaping those lives around food and writing, which are probably the two things that are most important to me. I watched them leave and find apartments, jobs and loves as I was doing the same thing. When they took over the Eat for Eight Bucks column at Serious Eats, I felt genuine pride.
While you’re never alone in New York, it can be an incredibly lonely place. BGSK is a blog that isn’t just about food, it’s about how food builds friendships and community. And that’s exactly what I needed when I was new in town.