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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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A Friend In Pie: Tim Mazurek

I’ll be the first to admit that my life out here in the cove exists in a bit of a bubble. I work from home, as does Hubs. It’s not uncommon for us to be out here, doing our thing, for days at a time without leaving the property (me more so than him, as he’s out and about increasingly more these days with Huxley-like right now; they’re at Wild Things, where the little man can get all kinds of exercise while the big man gets to hang with a regular set of parents he’s grown fond of).

Because of that, it’s easy for me to forget that folks might have heard of me, my books, my blog, or my writings. So when I get recognized, it really, truly surprises me. Like when I was pregnant and had stopped into an Anthropologie store in Orlando with my little sister while on vacation. I noticed a salesclerk kept looking at me, until she eventually introduced herself and said she was a fan of my posts on Design Sponge. Or when we were on the Family Farm Tour in September and the farmer’s wife at one of the places we visited suddenly said “You’re the lady that writes the books!” Or when I initially, shyly wrote Tim Mazurek when working on A Year of Pies, introducing myself and asking if he might be willing to contribute a seasonal guest recipe.

I believe his exact email reply was “Look at you explaining who you are, like I don’t know!” After scooping my jaw back up from off of the floor, I immediately wrote my editor, giddy with excitement that THE. TIM. MAZUREK. was willing to be part of the book. He of the award-winning food blog Lottie & Doof. He of the really great recipes and stunning photography. He of the general awesomeness and friendliness and approachability that engendered my ginormous crush on him in the first place.

If you haven’t heard of Tim, you’re in for a serious treat: As I describe him in the introduction to his recipe:

Tim Mazurek is an artist, cook, stylist, and food blogger living on the west side of Chicago with his partner (now husband!) Bryan. Tim’s blog, named after his beloved grandmother, Lottie (the “Doof” part is “food” spelled backwards), is gorgeous, inspirational, informative, and just plain fun. He uses Lottie and Doof as a forum for sharing recipes, presenting tantalizing photographs, and opining on “the domestic space as a potentially radical or dangerous space.” 

Tim graciously shared his recipe for a winter-focused Brown Sugar Buttermilk Pie in the book. It would be a glorious pie to make this holiday season, or anytime you’ve got some buttermilk on hand and a hankering for pie. Do check out his blog. It’s one of the best out there, hands down.

Thanks, Tim! I appreciate your willingness to be part of my journey in pie more than you could possibly imagine!

 

*Image from here.