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23 May 2007

i am here.

Frank's produce

"Where are you? Are you okay? You haven't updated your site in days."

Several people I love called me today, asking me this. There have been even more emails.

People, I love you.

And I'm fine.

I realize it's quite unusual for me to go so silent here. (Well, last summer, when I was first falling hopelessly in love with the Chef, I put up one post for the entire month of July. Goodness, what was I thinking?) Usually, I'm posting daily photos of joy, and waxing poetic about this boy of mine.

But this has been, perhaps, the wackiest week of my life. Lovely Clotilde, of Chocolate and Zucchini fame, was in Seattle for two days. We held a huge event in her honor at the restuarant, which I want to tell you all about, later. There was a lunch at Salumi, a reading in the evening, and much laughter at both. In between, I was trapped in a bingo parlor for two hours. That's a story. This weekend, I was asked to write an additional glossary for my book, in two days. Tonight, I taught my first gluten-free cooking class. I have almost no voice for all the joyful story-telling, and so many hand gestures that I may have strained my wrist. It was, without a doubt, a singular experience.

And tomorrow night, I do it again.

On top of all this, we are moving this weekend. That means goodbye to the green kitchen. Hello to packing boxes. Life is more abundant than I can explain at the moment.

Sometimes, the writing has to slow down.

But I'll be back, as soon as I can. I can't stay away long. I'm so moved by your concern, and your presence in my life.

In the meantime, while I try to find a breath to breathe, here's a photograph of the stand at Frank's produce in the Market, yesterday afternoon. Molly bought frisee, and I took photos of the morels.

Life is sweet, even in silence.


At 11:15 PM, Blogger SuzanneG. said...

Awesome class tonight Shauna! I feel so empowered by your enthusiasm, experience and insight! I've ordered your book and I mixed my featherweight flour tonight! Tomorrow I'm going to bake something!


At 5:44 AM, Blogger Simple Veggie said...

It's amazing. Your blog does touch so many people, and mean so much to so many of us. Even I, who only started reading a few months ago were beginning to wonder where you had gone and if you were ok. I always look forward to your posts. They inspire me, with you love of cooking, food, and life. They help me understand and come up with ideas for cooking with my best friend, who also has celiac.
It allows me to understand, so that when another friend of mine is so sick, with many of the same symtoms you describe, i can point him here and say "she explains it well. read about it, maybe this can help you feel better too."

Enjoy all of the busyness. It sounds like you're having fun. It's your life, we're just lucky enough to occasionally peek in.
Take Care

At 6:09 AM, Blogger Jodi said...

Good morning Shauna,
I too have been wondering where you were. I do know you keep a very busy schedule, and one little detail that you have yet to tell us about is this wonderful house you're moving into. You tipped your hat a few posts ago, but you have been extremely tight lipped ever since. I of course have been patiently waiting to hear about the new place. When you catch your breath from this next few weeks, please fill us in. I'm glad for all of those who get to meet you in person and learn to cook in a more healthful way.
My husband keeps joking that we'll be on the road in July to come to the wedding. Update us on the details of that while you are at it. I drive him nuts quoting you and telling him how wonderful you are. I think he feels like he knows you. - that is a compliment to your ability to make all of us feel welcome in your world.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger LaurieA-B said...

You left out the part where you were featured in the Seattle Times on Wednesday:

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Bitch said...

Happy to have you back. I missed the daily photos.

My husband just got back from turkey hunting and morel picking. Aren't the morels delicious and beautiful? We dehydrate most of them and then store them in glass jars to use over the next year.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Bitch said...

Happy to have you back. I missed your daily photos.
My husband just got back from turkey hunting and morel picking. Aren't the morels delicious and beautiful? We dehydrate most of them and store them in glass jars to be used over the next year.

At 9:08 AM, Blogger sweetpea said...

I just thought you were busy with the new blog, Danny and Sauna Get Married, which is looking really great by the way. Laurie is right, you didn't mention the lovely Seattle Times article: Snaps for Shauna!

At 9:59 AM, Blogger CM said...

Hi Shauna -

Just checking in - I'm so happy for you and all your successes! You know what -- sometimes happy living has to take priority over blogging, no? So enjoy it; your fans will be eager to hear about all the adventures you're busy having later, when thing settle down...

Take care,

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats on your class! I'm glad that you're able to inform people about how to eat healthfully for themselves and loved ones who have celiac. Beautiful picture...I want everything in it (except the artichokes!).

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Nicola Hensel said...

Even in Australia I can feel the breeze from the big wheel of your life! Thanks for keeping us in the picture Shauna.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger the chocolate doctor מרת שאקאלאד said...

So glad to know you are well. I am always grateful for your wonderful work.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Karen said...

What a beautiful photo of the market! Best wishes as you balance everything that life has to offer.


At 7:46 AM, Blogger jbeach said...

Hi, Shauna-
I am a new(ish) reader, and I've been reading your site for days. Reading it at work (btw, I work at the publishing company that published your book--I work on cookbooks!), reading it to my boyfriend, reading it in the afternoon on the couch with sunlight streaming in the windows...I can't get enough. I love your story, your writing, and your spirit most of all. Inspiring, you truly are. Congratulations to all of your hard-earned success in life and love!
I just had to post my first comment when I saw this photo. I have a wee little baby food blog (Devour This) on which I don't devote nearly as much time as I'd like, and my banner photo is from the exact same stand at Pike Place market. I was only in Seattle for a few hours during a layover and I just had to make my way to see the market. I felt like I could move to Seattle just for that market.
A close friend has celiac and your web site has given me so many ideas on how to feed her better. Thank you.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger jbeach said...

Hi, I just posted a first comment a second ago, and I just have to note something else. I just noticed the date of this post and my only few hours in Seattle occurred just 4 days after this post! Such a tiny world.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Shauna said...


Wow. Now that's an amazing coincidence! I just passed that photograph (we have a copy of it on our kitchen wall now) and then sat down to read comments. Oh, that market.

Thanks so much for this lovely comment. And you work at my publishers in the cookbook division? Hmmmm......

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Shauna,
I own a gluten free bakery in Missouri called Bread of Life. We make really delicious gluten free bread that is also dairy free. Can I send you some free samples?
Amy Middleton
Bread of Life
(816) 669-1344


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