About Me

Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit. After that thrilling experience, I fled to the other side of the mitten state to attend Kalamazoo College. I spent the next four years preparing for a life of procrastination.

Just days after graduation, I set out for Greece where I spent a fair amount of time getting drunk on the island of Spetses. I found Spetses to be exactly as John Fowles described it in his book The Magus (except without all of the sex parties and psychological torture). And, thus a love affair with islands and island living was born.

After returning from Greece, I moved to Chicago and accidentally found myself working as a writer and editor in healthcare marketing and then as a web project manager for a statistical software company.

Because of this awe-inspiring work, I became painfully aware that I really did not like corporate America so much. As I have always loved cooking (and more importantly eating), I decided that culinary school would make for a brighter—or at the very least—more challenging future. No sooner had I decided to start this latest project than I found out I was pregnant. Not one to waste comic timing, I went ahead with my plans. You can read about my food-cooking and baby-cooking adventures at Barefoot and Pregnant in the Kitchen.

Much to my surprise, I gave birth to an actual, real baby in 2010. When I’m not busy with the drudgery of work, adventures in cooking, or the hilarity of motherhood, I like to unwind with a few hobbies—including reading, writing, traveling, knitting, volunteering with the elderly, and occasionally spending time with my husband and dog (you know, when I have a few extra moments).

Team Us
Photo by Calynn Berry Photography

  1. #1 by mab16 on 12.25.2011 - 1:49 pm

    Just starting to read blogs, I happened upon your witty skewering of pedantry and suggestion that the Emperor Barnes is not always fully clothed. I’ll go try to sign up or whatever one does to keep reading your adventures.

  2. #2 by Teresa on 11.14.2012 - 9:47 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my healthy apple cider salad dressing recipe. It’s really a tasty dressing. Hope you try it sometime. Please let me know what you think of it.

  3. #3 by Hannah @ Dispatches from the Gypsy Roller on 1.8.2013 - 10:45 pm

    Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! No pressure to accept – the award is just to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog 🙂


    • #4 by e.marie on 1.11.2013 - 8:26 pm

      thanks, hannah! i like your blog as well… and, i’m a glutton for awards (sunshine, oscar… you name it, i’ll take it) 🙂

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