About Me

Snapshot_20120530_3My name is Madeline Hoag, and I started writing this blog for my honors college thesis project at Oregon State University. However, as a major food lover and self proclaimed chef, it has followed me into post-grad life as I journey through Portland exploring new restaurants and cooking up treats.

I was born and raised in Portland, OR, but I attended college in the much smaller city of Corvallis, OR, where I majored in New Media Communications. I absolutely love everything about Portland and I am excited to start my life here and explore the expansive food scene. I am looking forward to creating new experiences, making new friends and of course, exposing my taste buds to a whole new realm of possibilities.

My philosophy about food tends to fluctuate quite often as I usually get on a health kick one week and then find myself binging on Martha Stewart monkey bread the next week. However, I have learned that food should be an enjoyable experience as well as nourishment for the body. This idea was validated when I recently read Michael Pollan’s book, “Food Rules,” where one rule that especially resonated with me said, “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” By also telling readers to “break the rules once in a while,” I learned that food should be fun to eat and there is nothing wrong with looking forward to a freshly baked piece of pie every now and then.

I decided to name my blog “A Tablespoon or Two” because I  often add a little bit more than the recipe calls for when I am cooking. I like to think that most meals are flexible and it never hurts to splash in a little extra sugar, cheese, spice, etc.

Some of my favorite foods include grilled cheese (love gruyere and fontina), Brussels sprouts, mango, avocado, pumpkin pie and all kinds of fruit juice. To learn more about how I got started in the kitchen, read my food history.

My Delish Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/madelineanne14/delish/

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TablespoonorTwo

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