Birminghamfoodgirl’s first post. Welcome!

Welcome to birminghamfoodgirl’s first post! I am excited to share with you my interests in eating, cooking, planting, and researching food. I am a writer who has an interest in food history and will share thoughts, photos, and some of my cooking conquests and tragedies. I will also share with you some great finds from The Birmingham Public Library Archives and other collections around the country.

I’m excited to be here in Birmingham, Alabama–the warm, sunny South. I am originally from Maryland (I grew up in Annapolis and Hagerstown and spent ten years of my adult life in Baltimore), and when I met my husband (who is from Birmingham originally), we decided to take a chance and move to the Deep South. Never having been to Alabama for any long period of time, I did not know what to expect. I’ve found that the culture here is rich and the people here are some of the nicest I’ve ever met. I look forward to sharing with you my experiences!

Here is my latest experiment. I have been accumulating Twinings Earl Grey loose tea tins for a couple of years knowing I would eventually find something ingenious to do with them. And I’m so tired of buying overpriced herbs at the grocery store in the winter.


The long vine-y looking one on the right is purple basil. I also have some green basil which is growing a bit better than the purple. My dog breathing on them while looking out the window can’t help.


Left to right (top row): sage and thyme, (bottom row) lavender and oregano




  1. Mr WordPress said,

    February 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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  2. JO SCOUTEN said,

    February 26, 2008 at 11:59 am

    What a Great Site. I will visit often….Mom

  3. g bates said,

    February 26, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I know for a fact there are 2 more herb tins…dog ate your herbs again?!

  4. Kendra Yang said,

    February 27, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I want to post a comment but I dont know anything about herbs…I think rosemary is pretty. Im surprised your cats dont try and eat your herbs…mine try to eat metal. For some reason I think that means that they may lack iron; where did i get that? See, Im not even talking about herbs.

  5. yoyova722 said,

    February 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Hey Birminghamfoodgirl I like your blog and food too. So I guess I am going to have fun here.

  6. Erin J. said,

    March 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Wonderful to see your blooms on this dreary PA afternoon. At our old house, first thing hubby did was cut down old quince tree without my permission. Wonderful neighbor, Grandma Spalding, was very sad. She had made Quince Jelly for many years using those fruits. She forgave us and taught me many things about gardening. I look forward to your Southern garden posts.

  7. Mom said,

    August 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Kelsers, I LOVE this…you are going to be famous someday!!

  8. Dick Leslie said,

    August 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Spectacular! Keep this useful stuff coming. Dick

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