I am a stay-at-home mother of three, wife to an academic, living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have four chickens in my backyard, which in some circles makes me a femivore — but have yet to produce a vegetable patch successful enough to solidify the label.
I’m not sure at what precise moment I became obsessed with food. For my 7th birthday, I requested a party at the local Japanese-style hibachi restaurant, because I wanted to watch those guys cook in a way similar to the Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show. In retrospect, this should’ve been a clue.
(A little awkward, the placement of my right hand, don’t you think?)
My name is Katy Carter, and I am a Southern-Midwesterner. Meaning, I was born in Mississippi, where I ate processed food until the ripe old age of 25. From there I moseyed for 12 years through Knoxville (TN), Asheville (NC), and Athens (GA), where each town fed me with its unique foods of table and culture. Somewhere in there I picked up a husband and three kids, and in 2009 we made the trek north of the Mason-Dixon, landing in Indianapolis (IN). Outside of now calling duplexes “doubles,” potlucks “pitch-ins,” and winter “really cold,” life is pretty much the same.
What I don’t have is a story about standing at the stove with my grandmother, soaking up all the secrets and traditions of a chic Euro-Southern-food culture; nor have I traveled the world, trading grunt work for precious minutes at the feet of a French baker. What I do have is the experience of a girl who came of age in the late 80s deep-south, having learned nothing but how to boil a pot of water and microwave bacon in a special tray. I like to think this (lack of) culinary experience puts me on par with about 95% of America.
While my history lacks the picturesque culinary narrative, I still like to tell stories — about eating, cooking, failing, and succeeding. It was a pivotal moment in life when I realized good food didn’t have to be difficult or complicated (though it can be) — and this blog is basically about that realization, how it never ceases to amaze me, and how I want everyone I know to experience the same thing.
Some of my more popular and/or favorite posts:
- Our $700 kitchen reno (4-part series), featured on The Kitchn
- A recipe for homemade Gatorade (people love this stuff)
- The one where I just about go postal on Sally Fallon (of the Weston-Price Foundation)
- My four-part series on sugar (start here)
- A step-by-step tutorial on taking food photographs
But what about a list of random facts about you?
Ok, then, since you asked:
- I have an MFA in graphic design. That means that for a few years I taught a bunch of Urban-Outfitters-clad college students how to be better designers than me. It unfortunately worked.
- For a few years before grad school, I was an art director at an advertising agency. It took about two weeks for me to learn that I hated advertising, but four years for me to quit.
- My first major in college was architecture. But the whole sleep-on-your-drafting-table-because-you-can-never-finish-the-insane-amount-of-work thing really cramped my style.
- Ayn Rand. Whatever.
- My husband is an urban ecologist. He’s younger than me by over 4 years, which makes me a cougar.
- I have three kids that are cuter than anything I should’ve been able to genetically produce.
- Speaking of genetics, I dislike cilantro, which gives me something in common with Julia Child.
- My maiden name was Marquez. More than once, a person asked me if my parents were Mexican (the whole fair skin, freckled, red-haired, blue-eyed thing wasn’t enough of a clue).
- Mountains over beach.
- I never buy new furniture, unless it’s from Ikea.
- I won’t go to sleep without a glass of water by my bed. Once, in high school, my phone rang in the night, and I “answered” my glass of water. You can deduce how this ended up.
- My hair used to be curly, and now it’s not. This bothers me.
- I have a mild crush on Alton Brown.
- It’s ok, though, because my husband has a mild crush on Phil Mickelson.
The Fine Print
I am, first and foremost, a storyteller. I am second a person with shoddy long-term memory. I often change up the names of people, or mix up storylines — sometimes intentionally (to keep my friends around), sometimes not. I do not willingly mislead, but also won’t swear by anything I write in a court of law. Except the whole part about hating cilantro.
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Also, newsflash: I am not a doctor, dietitian, nutritional counselor, or guru, in any way, shape, or form. I’m just a mom who reads a lot, likes to regurgitate what she reads, and has a penchant for her own opinion. You should take everything I write with an umber grain of mineral-rich unrefined sea salt.