This week in Hall Nesting, it’s all about Sticky Honey Mustard Chicken and Twice Baked Potato Casserole. Or at least that’s where the meal started at Lauren Hall’s house on her kids’ first Halloween. She shared her menu on her blog, hallnesting.com.
She calls her more than five-year-old blog Hall Nesting because the title captures her state of mind. “Everyone says you go through a nesting phase during pregnancy,” she wrote. “Well while I found that to be true for me, I believe I innately nest all the time. I like to find a space and make it mine, more comfy, more organized, etc. So I like to think of our home (specifically my kitchen) as a nest.”
As the latest blogger to be featured in our occasional series Foodie Views, Hall shared her culinary philosophy impacts her real life.
Weld: Why do you love food and have you always had an adventurous palate?
Lauren Hall: I think food is something that brings everyone together. Some people love to cook, others love to eat and some enjoy the fellowship. I am fortunate to love all three. And I definitely have not always had an adventurous palate. I grew up only wanting cheese, hot dogs, and chicken. I got tired of takeout in college and decided it was time to learn to cook. And I do so with reckless abandon now!
Weld: Why did you start your blog?
Hall: I grew up writing in journals (you should see all the tubs of them in my parents attic). But I thought as a newlywed it would be something fun to do — talking about the new house we bought, our three dogs and posting weekly dinner menus. Within months it grew into a food blog because I had so many friends and family members ask if I could start posting recipes instead of just menus.
Weld: How does being a mom affect the food you make or write about?
Hall: I want my kids to try everything since I was such a picky eater growing up. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to the mantra [that] I’m not a short order cook. You basically get what you get. Sometimes we have meltdowns because of this, but I hope in the long run it works out. It has also definitely made me more aware of what we were eating, and that sometimes a little indulgence is okay.
Weld: What makes a meal perfect?
Hall: Cheese and wine. Just joking — but, well, sort of. But spending time and breaking bread with family and dear friends is the perfect meal.
Weld: If you had a guest coming in from out of town, and you could only prepare one meal, what would it be?
Hall: Some kind of Mexican dish. I think in my group of friends, that’s what I’m known for. But probably my Mexican Pie because that’s how I won my husband over. I would serve it with my cheese dip and a margarita of course.
Weld: What are you dying to try out?
Hall: I want to go a city that is known for some good street food. I’m not sure where yet but something authentic like that.
Weld: What’s the best thing that’s ever happened because you’re a foodie?
Hall: Ask me that in a few days. Because I’m a foodie my husband and I are going to New York and are fortunate enough to go to a Chef’s Table Private Dining Event with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. I might get a little starstruck.
Check out Hall’s adventures in home cooking at hallnesting.com. Do you have a favorite local food writer who makes you devour every word and bite? We’re looking for local food bloggers to profile in Foodie Views. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.