When did you start this blog?

I officially launched The Speckled Palate in May 2011, but this baby has been dreamed about for a LONG time. And I really, really started going on the recipe thing in June 2011.

Why did you start this blog?

Because every girl needs an outlet. Because I love food. Because we just moved into a new house that has a completely badass kitchen. This new badass kitchen inspires me to get off my butt and make some different things. And, most importantly, because my husband and I love cooking together and sharing our recipes (and meals!) with friends and family.

Where does the name ‘The Speckled Palate’ come from?

Funny that you should ask because it is not some random phrase that I just picked out of thin air. In fact, it’s a little homage to my puppy, as well as my husband’s and my taste in food.

Lucy Belle is our rescue puppy. She is a Border Collie mixed with something – we’re thinking rabbit, though we’ve been told the run of the gamut from different vets, groomers and kennels over the years. I got her from the shelter in Hattiesburg, Miss. three years ago, and she has made life interesting ever since.

Lucy is black, white and pink all over – even in her mouth – and she has a funny-looking speckled palate. In fact, most people who meet her notice this right away.

Like Lucy, Winston and I have speckled palates. Not in the physical sense, but in the more ‘we have a variety of different tastes in food’ and ‘we will try anything once’ kind of way. And that is our goal here at The Speckled Palate. To explore new, different and exciting foods in our kitchen, for better or worse. And to not let anything burn down while we’re experimenting.

More questions? Send me an e-mail here, and I’ll be sure to answer them for you.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

erin December 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

Love this page :) and I love Miss Lucy! She’s as pretty as ever


judith September 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I love real pizza,too
We have 2 rescue dogs, both are smalland look funny.


Erin September 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Judith, happy that you’re also a real pizza fan AND that you have two rescue pups! What kind of dog are they? I bet they’re super cute, even if you say they look funny!


laurasmess February 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Naw, Lucy is so gorgeous!! My husband and I would love to adopt a rescue dog but we live in a tiny apartment at the moment… it’s only just large enough for the two of us. One day… *sigh*. Your blog name is inspired… great description!


Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Aww, thank you! She really is a beaut, and it was her ears that sold me. (Funny, huh?) Fingers crossed that y’all have the opportunity to adopt a pup in the future! They’re so wonderful and make life so interesting… but it’s smart of y’all to wait until you’ve got the space. And I’m so glad you like the name. Most people don’t get it until they read this page — IF they read this page. ;)


Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. April 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I don’t think my first comment went through, so don’t think I’m crazy for repeating myself but . . . just found your blog and love it! (I think that’s what I said). Oh, and thank you very kindly for the fun new link party. I like all your recipes and can’t wait to see more!


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