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Once upon a time, there was a hobbit who lived in a land the likes of which will not be seen again. This land was called New York City. It was a magical place, with many glittery palaces in the sky. And in that land was a tall glass tower filled with lots of office cubicles. One of those cubicles was the hobbit’s second home.

The hobbit was a unique creature called a blogger. What is a blogger, you ask? Well, the legends say that bloggers are story-tellers. Some bloggers tell stories about the universe while other bloggers record stories about people.

There are bloggers who write about poems, cats, doughnuts, games, traveling, architecture, the number 42, basket-weaving and flying purple unicorns. There are bloggers for every conceivable subject that you can think of, and topics that have yet to exist.

The hobbit thought he could blog about the things that were important to him. Things like LGBT rights and American politics. Occasionally, he wrote about food. He’d hang out with like-minded elves, dwarves and Men.

There was one problem though. Try as he might, the hobbit didn’t feel as if his writing was authentic. There were other bloggers who told better stories. He was sure there was something that could inspire him, if only he could figure out what.

One morning, after dreaming about a famous hobbit and his birthday party, he woke up and decided to blog about food. Or maybe that was his grumbling stomach which was in need of breakfast. He knew more about cooking and eating than he did about politics. He’d found what really interested him. What he’d been seeking was in front of him all along.

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This blog is a record of what I find beautiful. Most of it involves food.

Pastries

I feel that true beauty exists in places where we least expect it.

Young purple cauliflower

Salad greens

It could be something as mundane as a bunch of kale….

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…or some golden beets…

Golden beets

…or a BLT in a bowl.

Seasonality is important to me. It frames the rhythms of our lives. We are in a more perfect harmony with nature when we are attuned to the beauty of the world around us, as reflected by the passage of time and in the food we eat.

And what I find beautiful also involves cooking.

Caramelized fairy tale eggplant, heirloom tomatoes

Cooking for someone — whether it’s a loved one, a friend, a family member, your partner or yourself — is a gift of beauty you can give every single day. We should all strive to give more of ourselves.

Chicken liver, green bean and heirloom cherry tomato salad

This is the story of The Spamwise Chronicles, a food blog and food photography blog devoted to the beauty of food.

Butter-braised celery

Potato gnocchi, sausage ragu

Garlic soup, poached egg

Roast cod, skillet escarole, heirloom tomatoes

The vast majority of recipes that you’ll find on this blog are simple, uncomplicated dishes that anyone can make. That’s the best type of food in my opinion — dishes whose ingredients sing out loud and clear, where the flavors speak for themselves.

Prosciutto, figs and ricotta salata

Mussels, shishito and sweet peppers

Although I’m not a vegetarian personally, the blog also contains an abundant variety of vegetarian, vegan-friendly and gluten-free recipes.

Oven-roasted tomatoes

Fagiolini e pomodoro

Newport steak with parsley-shallot butter, served with an English muffin, soft-boiled eggs, and potatoes rösti

Pears poached in white wine with saffron and cardamom

Every food blog tells a story: how it all began and where it expects to go, and the journey between the beginning and the end.

Deep-fried chicken skin

And every recipe is a story unto itself: you have your raw ingredients, you cook them in a certain order and produce something fit for a feast.

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Zucchini with parsley, garlic and mint

Cabbages

String together a bunch of stories, and it becomes a meal. The best meals are the ones that inspire you to create more of your own.

Roasted leeks, fried egg, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; cucumber and ricotta crostini

Carrots

I’d love to have you along for the journey so that we can create more stories together.

Fava bean purée with salsa verde

Brussels sprouts with pancetta and golden raisins

Roasted brussels sprouts

© The Spamwise Chronicles, 2006 – 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, photographs and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Stan Santos and The Spamwise Chronicles with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Unless otherwise noted, all text and photographs that appear on this blog are my own.

33 thoughts

  1. Um, cute gay Asian posting on sushi and trendy new movie releases
    with a link to Orson Scott Card and a slam to the NYT food review staff, chased with
    a spoiler of Project Runway’s finale? I’m smitten! {{{swoon}}}

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  2. Stash –

    Very impressed by your discussion of privacy at JMG.com.
    Myself, I’m a retired lawyer, and my wife is, I kid you not, “The Spiderwoman of Wall Street.”
    Running into again at We, Like Sheep induced me to look at your blog. Formidable!

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  3. My good friend Leigh told me that I fit 10 out of 20 of your BF checklist. Honestly I’ve not yet gone through the list, but I will after I finish writing copy on babies and diapers (that’s advertising for you). And even if I did, New York is still New York. But at least I have a new blog to enjoy reading.

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  4. Stash,

    Thanks for stopping by my space, and I look forward to reading you. We share a love of food and photography, and I have enjoyed your posts at Farmboyz and JMG. Let me know via e-mail if you would like a login to my site, and I will then add you to the blogroll!

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  5. You’re darling, and so is your blog. I don’t know much about dwarves and elves, and sometimes I wonder how much I know about men ;), but I do know a little about food.

    I especially know about gnocchi love. heh.

    I’ve enjoyed the entries on your blog and look forward to more!

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  6. Although I rarely comment, I stop by your blog pretty regularly. Your food photo are amazing and I have pilfered many an idea from your recipes 🙂 I love looking at your photo of the NYC farmer’s markets as well 🙂

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  7. Hi – I am enjoying your blog and thought I should pipe up, introduce myself and let you know I referred my readers to you in a recent post because I don’t do much for those craving good food pics! Can you explain the title and spam reference? I have to serve spam in my house because spam sushi is one of my daughter’s favorite things – and then I don’t want to waste food so it gets fried up with eggs in a later meal. Otherwise, we are pretty good about using butcher counters for the meat and poultry we buy.

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    • Hi there, and thanks for commenting.

      In another life, this here website-blog thingy was an LGBT blog, with posts on a variety of topics such as U.S. Supreme Court decisions, American politics and food.

      After a while, I decided that I wanted to focus exclusively on food, cooking, recipes and food photography. I didn’t want to start another blog, although I’ve long thought that I could have dreamed up a better name. However, a friend of mine once remarked that he found it amusing, that a blog that features wonderful recipes and lovely food photography would have the word “spam” in its title.

      The title is a play on the name “Samwise”, as in the character Samwise Gamgee, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I chose that name because I often self-identify as a professional hobbit (i.e., lover of good food and all things related to the culinary arts).

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      • Ah! thank you for the explanation. Thanks also for pointing me to your older posts and photographic origins – I’ll enjoy digging into them more. I share your appreciation for the slow cooked tomato. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • If it can help people get inspired by the food we eat and to learn to cook better, I’m all for it. It’s a win-win situation.

      Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment.

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  8. I would like to award you with the One Lovely Blog Award. You have a wonderful blog!
    If you would like to accept this, the Rules for Award participation are as follows:
    1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
    2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
    3. Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 9 other blogs you like for this award
    5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated
    Check out my site to see the post with the official nomination, meliovore.wordpress.com. The ‘One Lovely Blog’ graphic is available there also.

    All the best,
    Janice

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