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
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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