“Our Queer Kitchen” in Dinner Bell

One more quick publishing announcement: you can now pre-order Dinner Bell Issue 1, which includes my new piece “Our Queer Kitchen.”

What’s Dinner Bell?

Dinner Bell is an alternative (weird) food writing publication. It serves as a creative space for anyone to experiment with how they write about food. We tell stories about food that exist outside of the traditional food writing framework. We use the theme of food loosely, as we acknowledge that stories about food are perhaps not about food at all. It is our hope that writing about food can be seen as an expansive, inclusive, and ultimately therapeutic practice for all humans.

We center the voices of LGBTQ+, POC, indigenous, and non-binary folx.

My piece is about being out, making jam, and the decision whether to include a partner in your food-blogging narrative.

Fun behind-the-scenes content from this blog, circa 2011-2014!

The more I cooked, the more he hated me. “Cooking and writing aren’t creative,” he said once, trying to justify his latest attempt to cheat on me. “I need to be with someone who makes things.”

 

Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He stares perturbedly into the distance and lifts a teacup to his mouth.
Gif: Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. He stares perturbedly into the distance and lifts a teacup to his mouth.

The piece doesn’t have pictures, but here’s some shots of the jam Robin and I have made and canned this year:

Apricot-Noyaux Jam (Patreon bonus recipe)

Several jars of jam of apricot jam on a purple-and-greens striped cloth outside.
Image of several jars of jam of apricot jam on a purple-and-greens striped cloth outside.

 

Concord Grape Jam (The Fruit Forager’s Companion by Sara Bir)

Image: two slices of toast on a cutting board. One half of each toast has purple jam on it and the other half has only butter. There are three jars of jam on the table; one is open and has a spoon in it. There is a cup of coffee in a porcelain cup with a saucer.
Concord grape jam from The Fruit Forager’s Companion by Sara Bir. Image: two slices of toast on a cutting board. One half of each toast has purple jam on it and the other half has only butter. There are three jars of jam on the table; one is open and has a spoon in it. There is a cup of coffee in a porcelain cup with a sauce.

Santa Rosa Plum Jam (Pomona Pectin)

Many stacked jars of purple jam on our kitchen counter with the jam-jar tongs.
Image: Many stacked jars of purple jam on our kitchen counter with the jam-jar tongs.

Special thanks to Queer Appalachia for cross-posting the opportunity to submit to Dinner Bell!

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