This is what the blog was all about when I wrote regularly here:
"Growing up, I was always told that 'food is love,' and thus that is my view on eating. I believe that healthy, whole foods are best for your body, but what is even better for your soul is to share those foods with the ones you love the most. For me, food is something that is inclusive and not exclusive."
After I stopped writing here, I took this blog out of the public sphere of the internet. However, I held onto it privately because of the memories (and the recipes). Over time, various friends reached out to me and told me that they missed Fran, Over Medium Heat. And so, I put it back. It will stay here (for now) because I want people to have access to the recipes if they feel like it. I reference the recipes periodically - after all, I make the same two pies (here and here) and cookies (here) every Thanksgiving with my family and this is the only place where I have the recipes written down.
This blog was alive for about five years, a time in which I evolved quite a bit personally. The blog evolved right along with me. If you're curious about this, the posts I've handpicked below illustrate the trajectory of this project (and they are my favorite posts).
- When I realized (in New Zealand) that this was quickly becoming a food blog
- When I noted that "in order to love what lies ahead, you must love what has come before"
- When, after a lot of change, I started to actively reflect for the first time
- When I started capturing my experiences accurately in photographs
- When I felt I could truly connect with others through food
- When I reflected again, not realizing that I still had a long way to go in terms of how to truly embrace myself and my own path
- When I subtly began to lean into change
- When I made peace with my native home, and therefore myself
- When I did something important for beloved friends, and learned something in the process
- And finally, my favorite post ever: when I realized that expressing gratitude in everything that you do is what makes you the most whole.
The last time that I wrote here was in September of 2014; the posts pick up and go backwards at that exact point right after this one. At the time I last wrote, it was my last semester as a graduate student in Historic Preservation. I was living in Montpelier, Vermont. At the time, I felt really terrified about what would happen in 2015. The fear was for good reason, although I had no idea why. 2015, truthfully, was one of the most tumultuous years I've ever had. It was a year filled with extreme personal triumph and accomplishment, and also some of the deepest sadness I've ever known. It was the year where I realized that all of that jumbled together is what actually leads to the most positive changes and personal growth. We have to carry what we've been given as we move forward, but the passing of time truly does lighten the load.
My life is very different now than it was when I kept this blog (in a good way). Yet, this was a large part of who I was during those years...and so I can't forget or ignore that. At the moment (January, 2016) I have something else up my sleeve. A lot of things are up my sleeves, actually. We'll see where that goes.
So, if you've wound up here, then I invite you to use the recipe index (at the top of this page) in good health, because I'll be doing the same.