Some “get to know me” links

I just wanted to offer a quick welcome to anyone who finds their way over here from my guest post over at Michelle’s blog. I’m super glad you’re here, and I hope you enjoy your visit and find something to stick with you.

For my current readers, please go take a gander at my post there about leaving graduate school, and poke around Michelle’s blog a bit. She’s the When I Grow Up Coach, and she’s full of inspiration, fun, hard insights and conversation.

In any case, I thought it might nice to give share a few links that give a sense of who I am and what this blog is about.

The source of the chicken photo in the upper right. Learning about chickens on a farm.Continue reading →


Welcome to the new MetaCookbook! It’s been hard work to redesign it into something beautiful, functional, and more representative of what MetaCookbook has become and where it and I are going.

This has gone from the shared internet space where Bill and I challenged ourselves to cook ~2500 recipes to my blog, somehow, to the space where I, Tasha, accidentally started learning how to cook by trying to cook ~2500 recipes. I haven’t yet hit 200, though I thought I had recently. Wishful thinking.

Recipes and learning to cook aside, though, I’ve had a lot to just plain say about food. So, I’ve said it. I’ve also started showing you how I’m winging it, on occasion. Bill and I are still in discussions about the challenge that started this all.… Continue reading →

On History

The blog move is kind of annoying. Making things work in WordPress that worked in Serendipity is surprisingly touchy and difficult. It’ll all be worth it in the end, but it’s seriously obnoxious in the meantime.

Work, computer! Just do what I want! Magically! Magic is how computers work, right?

One of the things I’m having to do is go through and read all the entries and look for coding errors or similar problems. It’s astoundingly slow going. It’s good for mostly-brainless activity, but as I’d like to get this done by the 22nd of October, it’s also something I’ll have to do while I have brainpower. Thus, it’s really dull.

There’s been some upsides, though. The first being that I’m seeing the list of cookbooks we own, and thus recipes I’d been so excited about making & then forgotten.… Continue reading →

A little bit on gardening and self-sufficiency

Bill and I just renewed the lease on our apartment, so we’ll be staying in this house about another year. It’s already the longest I, personally, have stayed put in my adult life. By the time we leave, which we intend to do next year, it will feel as if we’ve lived in this home forever. In fact, it’ll have been a little less than three years.

The first year we lived here, we moved in the middle of the summer. Heck, we mentioned it briefly here on this little blog. Of course, August is entirely too late in the year to plant anything, so for our first summer here, we grew nothing.

Last year, I posted about our first little garden early in the year, and then basically nothing for the rest of the year.… Continue reading →

Good news, everyone!

We officially have less than 2500 recipes to make!

Except our friend Maria-Sea is considering giving us a cookbook, it sounds like. And our friend Corrine also considered giving us a cookbook or 17 awhile back, but instead gave us jam and canned peaches and rhubarb.… Continue reading →