Food on the Brain

June 16, 2010

Brie Pancake Ricotta and Blackberry Crepes 

"If you, too, find yourself obsessing about about lunch while you're eating breakfast...welcome! You're among friends." So reads the About page of Food on the Brain, a clever, quirky blog created by Jessamyn, a Washingtonian who loves food and also confesses that she has "far too many hobbies" (including playing the flute in a Celtic band). Jessamyn's voice is chatty and warm, and her relaxed prose evokes more chuckle-out-loud moments than your average food blog.

Jessamyn is adept at unearthing little-known recipes, such as the Brie Pancake she found in a book by Barbara Passino. She's not afraid to adapt recipes to to her own tastes, taking Moosewood's Hungarian Mushroom Soup and adding beef "for a carnivorous household." Often, she takes matters completely into her own hands, as with a batch of Ricotta and Blackberry Crepes made with local goat's milk ricotta, and an Impromptu Chickpea Salad: "I had originally intended to make a Turkish salad of chickpeas, cumin and lemon, but then I got sidetracked -- one of those cooking moments that seem to happen to me so often, where I have two or three cookbooks open and end up ignoring all of them."

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As further evidence of Jessamyn's ability to multi-task with the best of them, Food on the Brain also includes a restaurant reviews section, where she writes candidly about "just some places we've gone to eat." Entertaining and informative? You bet. Pompous and judgmental? Not this blog!


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Taiyyaba June 17, 2010
if it's wrong to always be thinking about food, i don't want to be right.
MrsWheelbarrow June 17, 2010
Wow! A&M thanks for the introduction to another talented cook. Love your blog, Jessamyn! And you're in Washington? (Hope you can make one of the potlucks)
MrsWheelbarrow June 17, 2010
oops. that's Washington STATE, I see. The Other Washington.
Jessamyn June 17, 2010
Sorry for the geographic confusion, but thanks! One of these days I hope to make it out to the other coast.
coffeefoodwrite June 16, 2010
What a great blog!
Loves F. June 16, 2010
Great blog! Another Washingtonian!
Jessamyn June 16, 2010
Wow, thanks for the great review!
Merrill S. June 16, 2010
You're welcome! It was well deserved.
WinnieAb June 16, 2010
What a sweet blog! Thanks for introducing me to Jessamyn!
aargersi June 16, 2010
Just checked this out - love it! Bookmarked and will check back often ...
mrslarkin June 16, 2010
Oh, I'm going to feel right at home on this blog. Thanks for pointing it out!
lastnightsdinner June 16, 2010
Hooray! Jessamyn's has long been one of my favorite food blogs to read.
Merrill S. June 16, 2010
We found her through you, actually!