Falling Forward


I’ve always considered myself a warm-weathered kind of guy but I gotta tell you that I am on cloud 9 in anticipation of cooler nights and shorter days. I think the recent national heatwave was a great going-away present, don’t you?

I know what this means for me: I shall reacquaint myself with my oven (perhaps it’s been on 6 times all summer?), look forward to all sorts of braises and stews, jump back into slow roasting and relish all those sweet caramelly flavors of roasted root vegetables and winter squashes.

Man oh man I am totally getting excited!

I’m such a dork.

See you soon, Fall!

Oh, you may have noticed things look a bit different around here. As a designer it’s very hard to not want to tweak things, but since I’ve given this blog a seasonal update I thought it would be ok. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. says

    Gorgeous! I love your blog’s fall wardrobe (and the snapshot of you with an apple (?) matches perfectly).

    I’m so thrilled that the heat is receding. I’ve been “glowing” for far too long.

  2. says

    Good Day Matt—your refreshed look is fabulous. I see you are ready for the fall—sweater and all. I love foods of the cooler seasons and I can’t wait to see what you are sharing. Check me out too—I’ll do my best to inspire. Take care, R.

  3. RosebudSMB says

    Love the change, Matt. I’ve been feeling the same way too over here in PDX. I can’t wait to have the first fire of the season on a crisp autumn night. Keep up the great work – I love your blog!

  4. says

    I agree. I’m so looking forward to being to serve people braises and roasts and apple tartins and mulled wines and… well you get the idea. It may be cooler in SF, but I still feel funny serving these kind of things before Labor Day.

  5. Nancy G. says

    Thought I would take this opportunity to “de-lurk” and say I love your new look as well as your blog. It is always visually appealing, warm & inviting and just plain fun to read.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. says

    I have been jonesing for autumn, too. We had a nice summer — foodwise and otherwise — but I am pretty much done with tomatoes and corn for the year. (I’m canning 40 pounds of San Marzanos this weekend, and if that doesn’t put the nail in the coffin, I don’t know what will.)

    I love the new look. thanks for mentioning it — I pop over now and then, but mostly I read your feed. I love that you change your portrait seasonally, too. 😀

  7. says

    I’m with you, this weekend is supposed to be lovely and much cooler so I’m planning some serious warmth inducing food. My oven has been very sad and rarely used this summer too.

  8. says

    Hey Matt,
    Great new look. I, too, am looking forward to getting reaquainted with my beloved oven and can hardly wait to fill the house with lovely baking and braising scents! Last night I made Molly Steven’s Pork Riblets Braised in Vietnamese Caramel Sauce (after seeing it on Chubby Hubby) and oy- I insist that everyone put it into their Fall braising repertoire. It’s sitting in the fridge until tomorrow for a dinner party but I snuck a few riblets out last night…then died and went to pig heaven. Anyway, thought it’d be a dish you would love. Big fan of your blog- thanks for the gorgeous photos.

  9. says

    Ah, nice upgrades. :)

    Here in Minnesota, we seem to be skipping autumn and heading straight toward frost. I’m cutting down my basil plant this evening, it is supposed to be 30 F sometime tonight.

  10. Ellen says

    Love the autumn look and feel of your site! I always appreciate your design aesthetics. Clean, colorful, simple, and classically beautiful. You were obviously born to design!

  11. says


    I am a frequent visitor to your blog, you are an inspiration to me.I love your style of photography and ofcourse food. I cannot wait for your fall series.

  12. says

    Really nice update, very nice design!

    As I am coming more of the beverage side – what do you think about a Irish beer liqueur? I tried it and it reminded me on Christmas! Still too hot in Dubai, but at least you can come already into the mood…


    Dominik MJ
    the opinionated alchemist

  13. says

    oh oh OH! i love the fall update – and love {you}your photo – so handsome!

    it is 100 frakin’ degrees here in AZ, but i am excited for the fall to arrive, too! all two days of it.
    we still eat fall food anyway just to spite the heat, so bring on those recipes!

  14. says

    I love autumn weather for cooking! There’s something so comforting about messing around in a warm kitchen when the weather turns cold. Lots of stews and soups and roasts and…

  15. JEP says

    Like the new Fall look of your blog—colors & lettering make it is easy to read. Bring on those Fall recipes!

  16. says

    Beautiful and clean– I don’t know what it looked like before, but it’s gorgeous now.

    As an ex-upstater, I only got a little jealous of your pine for things autumnal. I gave all that up for love and Austin, Texas.

    Looking forward to reading you– a happy find on a Saturday morning.

  17. says

    Love the look of the fresh autumn site. I’m so glad it’s almost time (and cool enough) for my favorite fall side — a big scoop of mashed sweet potato covered with one-inch cubes of pumpkin, butternut squash and beets. And all of them roasted until they are soft and sweet.

  18. says

    i love the cozy and crisp new look :)

    i am headed to the mountains for the week and, like you, i can’t wait. evenings in the mid-50s! a scenic drive seeing the leaves change! i’m ACTUALLY packing things with long sleeves!

    its very inspiring, isn’t it?

  19. says

    Will you let me buy you a ticket to come here and share your artistic talents with me?

    All-expenses paid!

    (btw: It’s going to be a one-way ticket…)

  20. says

    Great new design, beautiful Fall colors.. Btw, you should include a search bar. It will make it much easier for us to navigate…

  21. andrea says

    hey matt,
    i want to thank you for your awesome blog. I went to B.A argentina to visit a friend and we went to la cabrera based on your rec and had a mind-blowing meal. thanks so much the info! the new fall look is purty. :)

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