Welcome to Nibbles & Noshing! I’m Megan, the one whose foodventures you’re reading about on this blog. I’m a 20-year-old junior at Northwestern University studying journalism, history and political science, but as you can probably guess, my favorite topic happens to be FOOD. (And maps and iPhone apps. But mostly food.) Thank you for visiting!
I decided to start a food blog because it’s something I had planned to do for so long that I ended up wondering what I was waiting for. I’ve lurked on food blogs for such a long time, and now I’m just happy to have something to contribute to the community! I chose quite an interesting time to join the food blog community, though, because where I’ll be living for at least the next 6 months (not counting academic breaks), I don’t have any more of a kitchen than a refrigerator, a toaster oven, a panini press and a microwave. So that forces me to be creative and keep it simple, and that’s always a good challenge.
I compiled, wrote and published my very first family cookbook at the tender age of 9, a second volume at 11, and the ultimate edition when I was 19 (with probably a new edition in the next couple of years because of my perfectionist side, and because I kind of sort of hate how I designed it). So you could probably guess that I’ve been interested in food for a long time, not just the recipes, but what they mean to us in our lives and to those around us. Seriously, though. Of everything you could blog about, food is one of the topics most central to our daily lives. It can make your day or leave you hungry. It can bring back memories or help you create new ones. It can bring family and friends together in a way that’s about more than merely sustaining yourself.
If we are what we eat, then I’m probably just a solid block of dark chocolate. When I could first talk, I called chocolate “kieken” (don’t ask me where in the world that term came from – I wish I knew) and would raid my grandparents’ candy dishes and eat all the Hershey’s Kisses. When I was old enough to know about the existence of chocolate chips in my house, I would climb up to the baking cupboard in our kitchen and raid the milk chocolate chips. Because of that, my mom started only buying semisweet chocolate chips. Undeterred, I trained myself to eat those instead, and to this day I much prefer dark chocolate. Basically I have a lifelong addiction to chocolate, and I regret nothing. You’ll probably see this reflected in my recipes.
Living in Evanston, Ill., so close to Chicago, I am also a huge fan of exploring this amazing city and its equally amazing restaurant scene. I’ve been to a couple of iconic restaurants here, but I’m hoping to make it to more and blog about them in the next year. Here’s to Christmas money going to my dining adventures. 🙂
I’m also a proud editor for Northwestern’s food magazine, Spoon, where I occasionally write about food too. I hope to go into food writing in the future because for some reason it inspires me and makes me undeniably happy, so I can’t wait to see what happens there.
Many of my recipes at this point are inspired by recipes I stumble upon on other food blogs. I always link back to them and adapt them to my limited equipment and often to my tastes too, and I’m glad to be able to do this and hopefully help other bloggers while I’m at it. It’s interesting this year because I not only have no kitchen, but I also have a chef who prepares my daily meals. I do, however, have a house full of sorority sisters who appreciate the stuff I make, so that keeps me going! Next year when I’m on my own for food, I suspect there will be more substantial recipe offerings to complement the plethora of desserts and baked goods that will inevitably populate my site before then.
- I’ve finally started warming up to tomatoes, but I absolutely cannot stand onions and peppers. I’ll work on it though.
- My all time favorite candy is Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and this has been the case since I was at least 12.
- The best pizza I’ve ever eaten came from a tiny pizza parlor in Nuremberg, Germany, although I’m a giant fan of Chicago deep dish pizza any day.
- I didn’t really like ice cream until I was 10. Before that, I was just very ambivalent about it.
- When I was young, I was really into dipping plain Ruffles chips in ketchup.
- I also ate canned mushrooms by themselves sometimes.
- I don’t eat fish, shellfish or any kind of seafood, and I haven’t for basically all my life. It just freaks me out.
- I judge restaurants by the quality and calibre of the free appetizers they may or may not bring to the table while I’m waiting for my order. A great serving of free chips and salsa goes a long way in my book.
- Right now, my favorite fruit is pomegranate, but I’m also a huge fan of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, clementines, raspberries and fresh cherries. I’m only starting to warm up to blueberries, but only if they’re really, really fresh.
- But I can probably actually make myself eat and enjoy anything, provided I make it myself.
Get in Touch With Me
Also, let me know if you have any questions about my recipes, my work or myself, or if you just wanna get in touch for whatever reason. I’m happy to respond in a timely manner and chat with any of you if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Otherwise if you have a question or comment for a certain recipe, totally leave a comment, because chances are other people might be wondering the same thing too.