KelseyandJackI am calling this blog Birmingham Food Girl for two reasons. First, I live in Birmingham, Alabama. 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 the culture here to be rich and the people some of the nicest I’ve ever met.

In Birmingham, I have experimented with cooking more than in any place I’ve ever lived, which brings me to the second reason I’ve named my blog Birmingham Food Girl–when I cook, I am a little girl playing in dirt, experimenting with the mud, creating something delicious out of whatever nature offers. My husband, Glenn, is the farm manager at Jones Valley Urban Farm (jvuf.org) at their new-ish satellite farm in Mt. Laurel, Alabama (their main farm is in downtown Birmingham). Often, Glenn comes home with 17 squash or 35 red peppers, and I have to be creative to use them all. Or, in the fall and winter, we’ll have arugula or collard greens EVERY WEEK. It’s a challenge coming up with something new so we don’t get tired of eating the same things over and over. If you are a part of a Community Supported Agriculture group (CSA) in Alabama or elsewhere, I hope you’ll find some good ideas for what to do with the produce you get.

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.


  1. vicki bates said,

    February 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I love the presentation! Magnificent design.
    Are tins allowing the soil to drain well? I love fresh herbs, too. Basil is my favorite. I look forward to the next entry Be well with peace


  2. KJ said,

    February 29, 2008 at 3:25 am


    I punched holes in the bottom of the tins and they drain nicely. Although when they were very young plants (just sprouting), I didn’t pour water into them, I just sprayed them with a spray bottle. Now that they’re older, I pour instead of spray.

  3. Mary Ellen said,

    August 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Keep those recipes coming Kelsey – I am a fresh food junkie!

    Mary Ellen

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