Blogger Spotlight: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
August 13th, 2010
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Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Who: Peabody Rudd, of Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Where: Seattle, Washington
Twitter: @bakerpeabody

In 2004, I married the world's pickiest eater. Well, maybe not the world's but darn close. Who doesn't eat soup, fruit, vegetables or beans? Oh yeah, my husband. It was a hard adjustment to learn to live with someone who literally ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day and would gladly eat pizza or sloppy joes every day as well. I needed an outlet.

In October of 2004, we moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Seattle, Washington. Moving to Seattle was quite a leap of faith. I had never been to Seattle, with the exception of a layover ... and we stayed on the plane for that. Fed up with the Los Angeles lifestyle that was creeping into the Phoenix area and, I, of course hating the heat, we decided to move to Western Washington. So the hubby, the pooch and I all moved to Seattle not knowing a soul. My dog and I had a lot of great conversations the first couple months we moved here. I was unemployed, home all day, knowing no one. Tired of being the crazy woman in the neighborhood who talks to her dog, I went in search of a hobby (other than ice hockey).

I ran across a food blog. I had never really seen one before and I instantly fell in love. I pointed to the computer and told my husband (a computer programmer), “I want one of those." And so, "Culinary Concoctions by Peabody" was born, June 11, 2005. It was a sad, pathetic little blog in the beginning - no real direction - though, I really only seemed to put up baking and sweet treats. So from there, I decided to just focus on what I love the most: sugar and carbs.

As time went on, my direction became even more clear: I was a sarcastic, recreational league ice hockey player and ex-school teacher who led a mundane life that people liked to read about (still not sure why) - and I baked treats with a slight twist. New York Crumb Cake Topped Cinnamon Rolls, Cream Cheese Frosting Ice Cream with Carrot Cake Pieces, Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake, Caramel Turtle Pumpkin Bread, Hot Chocolate Muffins with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Center, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake and the ultra-controversial Refund Muffin (a.k.a a Snickerdoodle Muffin) are all examples of things you will find on my blog.

The most common comment left on my posts is that I am evil. They mean that in the nicest possible way, or so I keep telling myself when I cry myself to sleep each night. I will admit that my baked goods are usually a little over the top and can cause your thighs to expand just from looking at the photos, but if you eat healthy the rest of the time, it all balances out in the end.

I'm so glad that I was able to find an outlet to release my food creativity, and even more excited that people bother to continue to read my blog after all these years. Sharing your passion with people and having them appreciate it is one of the greatest things in life.

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  1. Hillary

    I am not a family member and I think Peabody's blog rocks! It's visually stunning, well written, and her recipes are THE BEST.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Elle

    The blog is one of the best around...always a fun read and you can just lick the screen instead of ingesting the actual calories. I've had the pleasure of meeting Peabody and she is as sarcastic and fun in person as on the blog. Fantastic baker, too. Fortunately her hockey team is not as picky as hubby. Go Peabody!

    August 22, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  3. Caroline

    I've never read the blog (sorry Peabody) but now have every intention of doing so. Desserts, sarcasam and hockey...what more could one ask for.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  4. Nancy

    Yes, this is my daughter-in-law and she is one super cook, chef, hockey player, etc. And yes she is married to a very pickie eater. Don't see how he could be with all those wonderful desserts, which I did get to sample last summer. Love ya Peabody!!!!!!

    August 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  5. Agree

    I'm diabetic, so the pictures are even off limits. All of the other posters sound like family members.

    August 14, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • foodlover

      Peabody, your blog is great! As for the commenter named Agree, I would have to disagree. I'm diabetic, and I still indulge in a sinful dessert now and then. I don't think the other commenters sound like family members. Your comment makes you sound a bit bitter.

      August 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  6. frannie84

    This makes me really want to get into making desserts. I don't eat desserts much myself, but then again, when I prepare my own I definitely find myself being over-stuffed.

    August 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  7. LW

    She is a culinary genius! Peabody's blog is not only well written, but features fantastic recipes and inspiration for other bloggers. And shes pretty badass with all the hockey playing. (go pens!)

    August 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  8. Kathy Vargas

    I live vicariously though this blog myself. Well worth the time to poke around, and even the salivation. ;)

    August 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  9. Rhonda

    I love this blog and it's wonderful to see it featured here. Every recipe I have tried has been wonderful. I enjoy the sarcastic tone of her writing and she takes great pictures. It's easy to imagine I could stop by for coffee and cookies and visit with Peabody!

    August 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
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