Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’ve had this blog for over seven years now, but only just recently made the switch to WordPress.
My name is Katy and, though once upon a time I lived in Berkeley, CA, where I earned a Ph.D. in Russian Literature (and whence the name of this blog was born), I now live in Newark, DE (long, but simple story) with my husband and beagle, Elektra. Despite the provenance of this blog, I am no longer an academic who spends most of her days with Dostoevsky–after eleven years of immersing myself in all things Slavic, I decided it was time to shift course and find a new calling–but work as a legal researcher at a small law firm in San Francisco. Given that I live in Delaware, I am now one of those supposedly lucky people who works from home and inspires envy, although I promise you that this isn’t nearly as exciting as it seems. I have always liked to say that few things in this world are permanent, so it’s only a matter of time before we see what is next…
While I come from a family in which food was always important–and was always good–I didn’t start cooking, truly cooking, until graduate school. I baked muffins and cupcakes for my classes, especially for the days when I had presentations, and I also cooked as a way of relaxing in the evenings. Surprisingly, I found that I liked it, so I started doing it more. By the time I passed my qualifying exams, it seemed only right that I should start a food blog to chronicle my adventures in the kitchen–my adventures both with dining and Dostoevsky (Dostoevsky was the reason I got into Slavic studies to begin with and, even though my work didn’t focus on him, you might say he’s one of the leading men in my literary life).
And then the Greek, my sidekick and sous chef extraordinaire, came along and, both because of and through him, long Greek words and foods started making their way onto the menu–seriously, even my grandma now makes baklava. So, really, on this blog, you get a mix of Mediterranean flavors, family recipes from the heart of southwestern Pennsylvania, simple Californian-inspired fare and whatever just happens to strike my fancy either on our various travels or in cookbooks and cooking magazines. While baking originally stole my heart, I also like playing with savory flavors. I’ve recently become interested in Persian cooking, started making my own pasta and jam and continue to work on my fantasy of baking a lot of bread. Most importantly, I will never say no to ice cream.
As a final note, the above picture of me was taken on the beautiful island of Milos several summers ago. I just want to point out two things: Firstly, I do not normally look this glamorous; secondly, I do not normally drink Coca-Cola. Although you would never know it thanks to the fact that I become more photogenic with a fever, in this picture I had just left the small island health center, where the doctor had recommended that I drink Coca-Cola to settle my stomach. The nurse also suggested that I buy a hat. As you can see, I followed their orders to the letter.
P.S. Once upon a time, I was part of the Blogher network. Late last year (2013), I decided to leave it because I didn’t really care for the products being advertised on my blog, nor did I feel that ads really made sense for a small blog like mine. In any case, I’m happy to be independent and ad-free again. I buy all of the food and books featured on this blog and my endorsements and expressed interests are wholly mine.
If you want to contact me about a recipe or with any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!