My name is John Newton and I am a food lover, cooker, and writer living in the city of Chicago, Illinois – the deep rich heart of the Midwest US.
Nothing really gives me the authority to post to this blog other than the fact that I have an obsession with the culture of food. As a child, I mainly ate food purely for function, but somewhere along the way, I managed to find out that there is a lot to think about in reference to the why of food.
I try to question everything as much as I can.
My friends call me Fig.
I am spying on you and your recipes. I made a delicious spring asparagus frittata with bursts of fontina this Marathon Monday, and I wished you were here to partake!
I have started our community garden seedlings in the window – if you want to grow herbs from seed, I recommend the Jiffy “windowsill greenhouse,” which helps the seeds germinate quickly. Growing all manner of herbs, peas, greens, tomatoes, and – to Bun’s inevitable horror – beets.
Delightful! There is no spying, just simply having a presence here, and I am glad you decided to do so. The frittata sounds amazing, and I might steal the idea from you.
We are still in the process of seeking out a community garden, but it looks bleak at the moment. Your windowsill suggestion might be a good alternative!
Miss you loads, darlin’. Have a GREAT time this weekend. Love to both of you, and Sally Struthers, if you run into her. =)
Hi Fig! This is great! Will write again later. Just happy to know that you are sharing your culinary delights!
Love, hugs and kisses,
I’m glad you posted this – I will check frequently – this is Amazing.
I just love you — little Fig is sooo adorable!! I have to say that I find reading this makes me feel close to you. I am loving some of the recipes!
I miss you, girl!
i love you. always have. always will. you shur’r a special one lil fig. now go whip me up some dang tempeh and goat cheese polenta, biznatch.
Yes, Ma’am! You ask Billy Lawler for goat cheese polenta and by-gum, that is what you’ll get!
I’m love this site! I passing it on to my friend in New York – she’s a complete foodie who also thinks anything outside of New York is weird/boondock-y. This should let her know that the Midwest is alive and kickin!
(Grand Rapids, MI)
I love it already and I just found the shrimp and grits post! I too only ate food so I wouldn’t die when I was younger, and somewhere along the way I was introduced to the concept that there was far more to it than that, and the rest was history!
Love your blog title too!
Do you have a ginger hair?
I think someone who has ginger hair like ANNE is very creative.
Keep up the good work. Noticed you featured in the “freshly pressed” page of WordPress.com and saw the shrimp and grits — and had to click on it. Nice.
I am a Charlotte, well and also a food lover, but the Shallots Web of course just hooked me. Please come visit my Lowcountry of South Carolina blog, Charleston Through An Artist’s Eye. Food shows up, as good art should. Cheers from Edisto Island, SC.
I love you Fig and will be trying some recipes and reporting back soon!
Your website is AMAZING!
Please… never stop!!
Oh, Nancy! I just love you. Let me know if there is anything you want me to feature. Love to write stuff that really interests people. Make Christine give you a big hug from me.
just expressing my undying love for you and your pasketti!
Figgy-Poo, why don’t you come live with me and become my personal chef? There would be so much laughter and fun. (sigh) Miss you.
Just checking out the blog again….how have I never seen this who is fig section and that adorable photo of you. I still can’t cook, but love your blog