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