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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kitchen / An Introduction

Welcome to Sweet Alchemies! Just about a year ago, my husband and I renovated the kitchen of what was then our new-to-us home. This anniversary seems a fitting time to begin my first blog - much of which will take place in the kitchen.

{Unsurprisingly, our pup too can often be found where the food is}
To say that we (being first-time homeowners) were daunted by the remodeling process would be a major understatement. A few weeks and a few thousand trips to IKEA later, we couldn't have been more thrilled with the results. 

{Kitchen - before}
{Kitchen - after}
One year later, I'm still in love. Now as when it was first completed, I find myself wandering into our kitchen simply because I enjoy being there. When I travel, it's one of the things I miss most about being home. It is, after all, where the magic happens!

As a classical musician, sharing things of beauty with an audience is my happy profession. Yet crafting things with my hands that my friends, my family, and I can all enjoy is a passion that doesn't end with making music. In cooking, too, I take great pleasure in a mindful adherence to process, in crafting something that satisfies my personal taste, and in sharing and savoring the (hopefully) delectable results with others. Music and cooking are, in my mind, the sweetest alchemies. And in my life, cooking provides welcome mind-clearing relief from the intensity that is par for the course for any performing musician.

In the decade since I worked as a production assistant at Martha Stewart Living Television, I hadn't, until now, felt the urge to share my love of great food and its conscientious preparation with anyone other than friends and family in my own home. (Which I did. And continue to do. A lot.) While this space will be primarily about cooking and baking, I'll periodically post about other things that interest me.

So with that, welcome! I hope you'll enjoy this peek at my favorite thing to do offstage.



13 comments:

  1. fun! can't wait to see your kitchen concoctions.

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  2. aw your dog looks just like mine! i miss her

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  3. NICE !!! The kitchen AFTER looks amazing !

    xoxo from a style lover in Belgium

    Céline Mademoiselle

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  4. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. I'm following you now. It will be great if you could do the same ;-)

    xoxo from a style lover in Belgium

    Céline Mademoiselle

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  5. looks absolutely stunning!! fab job!! xx

    http://www.iletaitunefois.com.au/

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  7. Ah, what a delight to stumble upon your blog.
    I'm a trained ballet dancer and very fond of music and the sublime. I play the violin, too.
    Your puppy is so sweet and I adore your kitchen.
    And happy blog anniversary.

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  8. Your puppy is soooo cute!! Love the kitchen shots! Looks great xx

    www.thehappeningblog.com

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  9. Your kitchen is beautiful!! And that dog is adorable :)

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  10. In addition to cooking and music, your talents extend to great writing! Love this intro and the rest of your posts, too. Kudos and hello back =)

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  11. Your statement about wandering into your kitchen simply because you enjoy being there is how I feel about mine, too.

    Love that your pup is named "Poochini." :) Looking forward to many more posts from you, Maia!

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  12. I love this! Count me as a follower. :-)

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