I tackled some uncomfortable subjects on the blog this week and was really inspired by all of the conversation that followed.  Some people disagreed with my point of view and I think that’s a good thing.  The world would be a very boring place if we all agreed with each other all the time.  The important thing to me is that this is a space where we can be respectful of one another and share honest opinions.  Opening up on the site has never been easy but I find that the more I take personal risks, the more I feel connected to everyone who reads and comments.  Greater risk, greater reward.

On Savory Simple:


 Smoked Sea Salt Caramels

These salted caramels are chewy and sweet with a hint of smokiness.  I also discuss insights from my food writing workshop.








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Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie

This pie is one of the best desserts I’ve enjoyed in a long time.  It’s like crack, only better.  Also included in this post is a conversation about what it means to be an “authentic” blogger.






 Recipes I bookmarked:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  To everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy, please stay safe.  It’s expected to make landfall close to where I live in DC but hopefully we won’t lose power for an extended period of time.  I’ve got recipes to prepare!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Thanks for the linkup on my Sunflower Seed Butter bars! I bet you’d like them since you’re a tahini-lovin’ kinda girl! And I loved your post this week that accompanied Crack Pie. Ive made it too; I liked it, but I liked your post better. Thanks for the roundup of great links!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Great round-up! I totally want to make those caramels and put them in cute little gift bags for the holiday season.

  • http://chris-cookingaroundtheworld.blogspot.de/ Chris

    Yes, it is always important to remain respectful. Everyone can have his opinion unless it’s harmful to others.
    I like those caramels. Well, they might be harmful, if you have too many of those, but …

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    Life is so much more interesting when people disagree and share their opinions for sure. Stay sage in the hurricane. hopefully it won’t be as bad as they say.

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    Jen, I love the fact that you bring up topics for discussion! (It’s always interesting to go back and read the comments.) I think you’re helping to shed light on a lot of questions Bloggers have, but are sometimes afraid to ask. Thank you. :)

  • http://www.arthur-in-the-garden.com Arthur in the Garden!

    So yummy!

  • http://www.kitchenriffs.com kitchenriffs

    Nice round up! I didn’t really comment on your other posts this week because I didn’t have anything interesting to say about blogging, profiting from blogging, etc., but my basic take is if you know why you’re blogger – and I’ll bet some people don’t actually know this – and think you’re fulfilling the reasons why you’re blogging in the first place, you’re fine. Although I suspect most people do want to continue to grow their skills and their quality (as you want to do by ramping up your writing skills). Anyway, good stuff – thanks.

  • http://www.breathelighter.wordpress.com Debra

    You provided good food, and good food-for-thought this week. I enjoyed the stimulating conversation!

  • http://thespicedlife.com/ Laura

    Stay safe!

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