And…. we’re back!

Wow.  It has been awhile.  We have neglected you for months and months– please forgive us.  A lot has happened in that time, and I’ll do my best to summarize it here.

Since we last had a chat, Forrest graduated with his PhD in chemical engineering from Yale! He now prefers to be called Dr. Forrest; however, since his head is already close to being too big for his bike helmet (how California- more about that in a moment), I generally refuse.FullSizeRender (6)

Forrest has ALSO started a new job in Livermore, California.  Wine country- I’m not complaining!  He now bikes to work (hence the helmet), misses the rain, and eats a lot more Mexican food.  I’ll leave it at that and let him elaborate in his own post.IMG_3082FullSizeRender (2)






Melissa (that’s me!) is currently in Rome (Italy, not Georgia) for dissertation research.  I will be here for the next three months, spending lots of time in libraries, museums, and archives.  When I am not reading and writing, I will be: practicing my Italian, eating gelato (I recently tried dark chocolate with red wine and ricotta, fig, and almond- oh my!), living my own  version of Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday (unfortunately solo– where’s my dashing co-star when I need him? That’s right, CA!), and whipping up versions of my favorite Roman foods in a teeny-tiny kitchen that includes a mini refrigerator and a two-burner electric cooktop.  That’s right, no oven!  So Forrest will have to take over the baking apron (and my mixer) for the next couple of months.

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So our blog tagline is both changing and staying the same.  Whenever I can figure out how the heck I made that first blog logo, I’ll be sure to update it!  We now have 6 degrees between us (4 for Forrest, only 2 for me… I guess I’m a slacker), but we are again in two different cities- new cities for the both of us.  And now, instead of being a 4 hour drive apart, we have a 9 hour time difference.  We have to fill the void somehow- so why not by sharing some new, delicious recipes with our favorite people?  I’ve already got one up my sleeve… 


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