Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mind v. Internet: Organizing my culinary brain

In my journeys in and out of the internet, I am always reading, saving and bookmarking recipes, little tidbits of information that I find useful and interesting/informational articles. I use Pocket, which is an amazing app that is, shockingly, free! I have had the app for over a year and have saved and read so many articles (thousands?) using its interface and have yet to reach the limitations of the free version, which is rare with “Freemium” apps. Pocket is especially useful for saving recipes that I find on the blogs that I follow on Facebook, culinary people I follow on twitter and food articles that I find in the NY Times cooking section. It also has a search function so if I want to make a rice recipe to go with chicken but can’t think of one or don’t want to scroll through my article list, I just search for “Rice” and everything with the word “Rice” in the title shows up.

Organizing My Culinary Brain - Rice

I can also tag things to help organize them so if I am looking for a quick meal, I choose “quick” and recipes for quick meals show up. I do the same thing, to a lesser extent with other types of articles but this is especially effective for recipes.

Organizing My Culinary Brain - Tags


My brain, like the internet, is a MESS so it’s nice to have this nifty app to help make sense of it all! I might upgrade at some point because I actually feel a little guilty getting all of this for free!


The Year of Doing

It is a new year (2016!) and time for the annual reflection and resolution. 2015 was a good year. I got married the incredible Andrew Feldman after near nine years of dating! Other than that, nothing terribly significant. No big trips, not a lot new learned, rather a maintenance year, the kind of year you need to make you realize that you should probably get off your butt and do something with your life…so useful nonetheless. This year I bought a physical planner (Spark Planner), started using a To Do Lost app (Todoist) and set some goals. There are the usual goals, more exercise, more sleep etc. But also I would like to travel someplace completely new and out of my comfort zone and learn something new (a language, basic programing etc). I purchased a few classes from the site Udemy and hope that this will jump start my learning because it is pretty low commitment and I can do it from the comfort of my home. I have the usual feelings of hope and fear that come with the New Year and I think I can use both these things to make this year a year of doing. I’m 30 now which means I am both young enough to make some big changes and old enough to know how to wisely integrate those changes into my daily life. I look forward to chronicling this journey here!