I'm Carrie. I like candy, chicken, tomatoes, Old Bay seasoning, green chile, hot weather, vintage clothing, live bluegrass, the American Southwest, and babies. I used to blog over at Master of Fine Eats (a blog about cooking in grad school), but once I finished my MFA in Poetry at New Mexico State University in 2011, I decided to start my own food blog.
My approach to food is that it should taste good (obviously!) be relatively nutritious and not take forever to prepare; cooking doesn't have to be be intimidating or complicated! You won't see many hard-to-find ingredients or long, involved recipes here on Plums in the Icebox. My food isn't gourmet and I'm not a chef or anything...just a person who wants the food I eat to taste good and to make me feel good.
I don't eat a lot of meat and I don't have a lot of money, so what you'll see here will skew cheap and vegetarian (although not exclusively so). If you don't want to spend a lot of time cooking but you also don't want to eat takeout or frozen foods every night, you may like what I do here. I also really like Mexican food, so I cook a lot of it! The title of this blog is reference to a William Carlos Williams poem. The idea of plums in the icebox makes me think of fresh, simple and good food, so I thought it would be appropriate for a food blog (even though I am not a huge WCW fan).
I work as a freelance writer, a teacher, and as a birth doula. I regularly contribute to the women's health and wellness blog Blisstree, and I used to have a food column on HelloGiggles called Eat of the Moment. My interests outside of food and poetry include feminism, fashion, and childbirthing practices. You can check out my personal website, if you're interested. Also, I wrote a book of poems called Pretty Tilt, which came out in 2012 and which you can buy here or here.
Check out some of my favorite recipes: