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I’m an ex-English teacher turned food writer, recipe developer, and owner of Seattle-based Marge Granola. While I don’t necessarily miss hormonal teen antics involving bathroom passes and stolen American flags, I do miss sitting on a stool in the front of a room on a hot June afternoon reciting poetry or having actual conversations about Steinbeck with freshman.  That’s where I feel alive. Another place I really feel alive and at peace is in the kitchen. And so, A Sweet Spoonful was born from a lack of teaching jobs in California and a passion for spending time in the kitchen—and writing about it.

Today I live in Seattle, WA where I cook, bake, and write about the food that excites me. This varies from day to day based on the seasons, my mood, what I’m reading, and where I’m finding inspiration. But for the most part, the recipes you’ll find on A Sweet Spoonful will feature natural/whole foods, seasonal ingredients, and whole grains. I have a forthcoming book touching on each one of those elements called Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons (Ten Speed Press, Dec. 2013). I think you’re going to like it. If you’re interested in some of the other online writing/recipe development I do, you can hop over to The Kitchn or see my press page with a smattering of links/clips.

In a lot of ways, what I write about here is ordinary. You’ll find a picture of a cup or tea or a simple soup recipe. Those are the things that make up the fabric of my day—and I’m guessing, yours too. It’s impossible to separate food and cooking from the other parts of our lives: from the ins and outs of our time with family, from car breakdowns, apartment hunts, cramped kitchens, and road trips. From births to deaths to really huge birthday parties and ballet flats. It’s all one, really.

I’m so genuinely honored that you’ve made it over to my online home, and I hope you find something that speaks to you here—perhaps something ordinary, something you’ll take with you.

If… you’d like to speak about a freelance writing or recipe development assignment, I’ve written for numerous local and national publications. While things are busy around here, a portfolio of published clips is available upon request, and I’d be happy to speak with you about future writing opportunities. Contact me at: meganjgordon {at} gmail.com

If… you’d like to send me products or books to review, please see my policy below before doing so.

If… you just want to say hi, please do! Anytime. There’s nothing I love more than hearing from readers. I will, with very few exceptions, always get back to you.

“Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches.”~ Natalie Goldberg

A Few Frequently Asked Questions…

Will you try my product and tell us what you think? I don’t formally review products or do promotions and giveaways on the site. While I think it’s wonderful that other people do, it’s just never felt genuine or authentic to me. I do often mention products that I’m enjoying and using often in our kitchen. If I received a product for free or as a promotion, I will always let you know. 

~PR/Publishers: I do occasionally link to companies, cookbooks, and products that I love. If you’d like to send me something that’s relevant to A Sweet Spoonful, please feel free to email me about it first. I’d certainly be open to trying your product, but I can’t guarantee that I will mention it on the blog.

Do you take all of your own photos? I do, with the exception of the beautiful header, which I asked my favorite Seattle food photographer, Lara Ferroni, to do for me. She rocks. I now work with a Canon 5D Mark2 and use a 24-70 mm lens for most of the shots on this blog. I flirt with a fixed 50mm and occasionally dust off our 100mm macro lens.

I’d like to use one of your photos on my site—is that o.k.? It depends, but it’s imperative that you contact me first as all content and photos on this site are copyrighted. If your request is legitimate and you link to the photo & give credit properly, I’ll usually say yes. But we must chat first. If you are interested in licensing one of my photographs for commercial purposes, please contact me directly.

I wrote a comment on your blog and you didn’t post it—why? I love and appreciate all of my readers who take the time to comment on A Sweet Spoonful. I welcome all constructive feedback, thoughts, and reactions. 99% of the comments are lovely and truly make my day. Every now and then, I get an anonymous, nasty one and if it’s not relevant to the content on the site and it’s not constructive, I do delete it as it’s just not what this community is about.

Can we exchange links? I do have a Links page in which I reference sites I’m excited about, but I don’t do link exchanges. However, if you have a great site you’d like to bring to my attention, please email me. I always love to see new material!