Hello, everyone! My name is Susan, and for the next three months, you and I are going to talk pig: tenderloin, chops, ribs, sausages, porchetta, prosciutto, salami, and more. I’ll globe-trot to find the saltiest, smokiest pork stories I can and share them here with you. I’ll also share several of my recipes ranging from salami pizza to bacon chocolate chip cookies.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have had a stormy relationship with sausage. According to my Italian-American mother, who never tires of telling this story, I once ate an entire jar of hard Italian sausage soaked in oil at the age of two. I had abnormally large molars.
By age five, I was helping my parents make Italian sausage in the basement of our house. I was afraid of the dark, but pig intestines didn’t make me flinch.
Then for 20 years I did the unthinkable: I became a vegetarian. My father remained dazed and confused for about 12 of the 20 years. He simply couldn’t comprehend a life without pork meatballs, sausage, and prosciutto. We had to seek family counseling.
Then a few years ago I did it. I reentered the world of carnivores. My first bite of meat was, you guessed it, Italian sausage. That crispy, glistening skin and salty, chewy meat flecked with crushed red pepper and spicy fennel seeds made my knees wobble. I was back, baby.
Currently I write about pork and a lot of other foods. That’s because I’m a cookbook author, freelance writer, and recipe developer who lives with my husband in beautiful San Diego.
For the last four years, I have been the voice behind the blog, Food Blogga. (Yes, that’s Rhode Islandese for Food Blogger.) There you’ll find my musings on food and life, original recipes and photography, and book and product reviews.
I’m a regular contributor to NPR’s “Kitchen Window” and have had my work published in magazines such as Cooking Light (that’s farmers’ market potato salad is one of my favorites) and Edible San Diego.
I have also recently written two cookbooks with Quirk Books: Recipes Every Man Should Know co-authored with Brett Cohen was released in November, 2010, and The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread was released in April, 2011.
I look forward to getting to know you and spending time here on the Pork, Knife, and Spoon blog.