I’m a “culinary adventuress” living, working and playing in and around Detroit. I discovered a love of food and cooking through studying various languages, living in Toulouse, France and traveling in Europe and elsewhere. I created this blog to share my experiences, ideas and opinions on food, with hopes that you will share yours. In addition to my recipes and experiments, you’ll find posts on restaurants, potlucks with friends, holiday meals with family, cookbook and food-related book reviews and more.
Why “Simmer Down”? In our increasingly frantic lives, cooking our own food helps keep us grounded; I’m certainly not the only cook or blogger to have noticed the calming effects of an afternoon spent puttering about the kitchen or farmers’ market. It’s also a personal mantra to remind myself to slow down, as I have been known to embark upon recipes after skimming the instructions, only to discover halfway through that I’m missing a key step or ingredient!
When I’m not cooking, I can be found
behind the drum kit/microphone in my band, Scarlet Oaks (RIP Scarlet Oaks as of March 2011), making jam for my company Beau Bien Fine Foods, hawking vintage clothing in my online boutique, Aller-Retour Vintage, or writing for Model D and Patch. I’m available for freelance writing jobs and recipe testing/ development; please send inquiries to simmerdownfood(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks for visiting, and Happy Eating!
All photography copyright Noëlle Lothamer 2008-2012 except where noted. If you would like to borrow a photo for noncommercial use, please give proper credit including a link to the original post. For any other usage, please contact me at simmerdownfood(at)gmail(dot)com for permission.