I’m here because I like sharing food. I spend most of my free time either thinking about food or making it. I started this when living on my own, because I believe that food is meant to be shared. And actually, single-person cooking is a great way to experiment, because if I mess something up I’m the only one who has to eat it (now I have roommates to reap the consequences).

This is primarily a food diary with recipes, non-recipe recipes, descriptions, and pictures. Most are recreations of built meals—the internet has lots of delicious recipes, but ideas can be harder to come by. I also share some of my tricks of cooking for one person, because it is an integral part of how I cook, and I hope they will be useful.

Finally, food is not isolated from the world; news and my thoughts and food musings are a key part of this blog. I care a great deal about making eating sustainable as well as delicious. Farmers are obviously essential to that vision, and I have made a bit of a study on how food affects land and environment as well as health, so I’ll try to share that with you. I live in midcoast Maine, which happens to be a fantastic place to get fresh produce, and I do my best to eat locally and seasonally (so make sure you pay attention to the month of each recipe).

I hope that this will be fun, educational, and delicious for you, as it is for me!

Cooking AND baking—because cooking is adventure, and everyday sustenance, and baking is therapy.

Why Dancing Tree? I’ve always loved dancing: for me it is synonymous with happy, cheerful, sunlight (other adjectives I was thinking of including in the name of this blog). And a kitchen is a fabulous place for dancing, either while waiting for water to boil on the stove or cookies to bake in the oven or just bopping around while you chop things (but careful with that sharp knife). I recommend a good radio/speakers—Radiolab is a frequent companion, along with NPR news and a variety of Spotify stations.

I also love trees. They remain enchanting to me, often extraordinarily old, majestic, and (evidently) rooted in place. Furthermore, trees are part of a whole ecosystem of agriculture, and therefore food. I’m certainly not an expert in agroforestry or permaculture, but mimicking a natural system makes obvious sense: trees can help prevent soil erosion, provide shade, and some produce food themselves as well.

Therefore, although I unfortunately do not have a dancing tree physically in my kitchen, it’s in my head.


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