People call me Robin, Freckles, or the Red Menace. You can choose. I have red hair, freckles, and a menacing attitude. So I suppose all of the above are appropriate.

I am a Seattle real estate agent, but I’m also a freelance food writer and avid home cook in Seattle, Washington.

This site was born a couple of years ago when my boyfriend, who was enjoying the fruits of my culinary labors, suggested I start a blog. I had no idea what a blog was. In fact, I’d never seen one before that suggestion. However, it seemed like a good idea. I was tired of hoarding scraps of paper, sticky-notes, and computer printouts of recipes and ideas. In a sense, the blog was a way to go “green” or paperless.

It turned into so much more. I’ve met such lovely people who encourage me to write more, cook more, and explore more. Thank you for that. You certainly keep this thing running.

Many readers ask about the photos. I’m so glad you like them. Most of them are taken by my dear husband, Kirk. (We got married last year!) I often refer to Kirk as K out of pure laziness. Kirk is a professional photographer. I feel very lucky in this respect. He loves to document our meals and our lives. As a Seattle Wedding Photographer, he is also very talented at documenting special occasions. Give him a ring if you are interested. He would love to hear from you!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or thoughts. I would love to hear from you! achowlife[at]gmail.com


  • September 23, 2010 - | Permalink

    Just wanted to say that I stumbled upon your blog the other day and am in LOVE. As an aspiring food blogger & photographer, you’re an inspiration! I seriously love your work, don’t ever stop!


    • redmenace
      November 2, 2010 - | Permalink

      Thank you, Kelsey!! xo

  • November 1, 2010 - | Permalink

    Hello–I am that crazy airline traveler who hailed you in the security line. I thought I’d say a proper hello and affirm again how much I appreciate your blog–especially the timeliness of the recipes (for instance, a month ago, I was contemplating two delicata squash in my CSA and lo, there was your soup recipe to consult!). As a fellow denizen of the NW, I love the local foods and seasonal recipes I find here. All best to you, K and bump.

    • redmenace
      November 2, 2010 - | Permalink

      Hi There! Thanks so much for approaching me at the airport. That was a lovely unexpected bright spot in a bleary eyed morning. Lovely to meet you! xoxo

  • Tomas
    December 31, 2010 - | Permalink

    Ole’! Robin, I can’t wait to meet your little angel.

  • Michael
    February 20, 2011 - | Permalink

    Hi there from a not so sunny England.

    Found your blog while looking for no-knead bread and made my first using your recipe today but using a seeded bread flour. Just taken it out of the oven and it looks great. Hope it’ll taste as good as it looks!

    Good site.

    Best wishes, Michael

  • May 10, 2011 - | Permalink

    Hi Robin ! Im Luz. I´ve been reading your blog for a while now, but only recently started my own foodblog (cookiesundays.com). Im hoping to get some readership going and start engaging actively in the community (altghough i have been a silent reader for such a long time). Since you´ve been around and I love your style and you surely have some loyal people following you, I was wondering if you could help me out and maybe give me some advice on how to draw people to my blog and start engaging with the community of food bloggers.

    Thanks for your time !

    • lulu
      November 4, 2011 - | Permalink

      hi, I am writting from one beautifull island, island Rab in Croatia, Europe. I like to search for different ways to cook food, than I make this with great fun and pleasure. We can be in touch, I am not very skill in computer/blogs and pictures/, but I try.I love american way of housing, not i n NY or other large towns where are not many american peoples, but I enyojed to read how the normal american family live,cooks,crafts ecc.
      So, thanks for sharing your live with us. LULU

  • July 26, 2011 - | Permalink

    I just came across your blog today and thought how kismet! I am a new mother of 6 month old baby girl, born in Jan (who gets around in the same stroller as your baby girl) and hail from Seattle, although we are now living in England! Im also a blogger, avid cook and baker and just enjoying life in general. Have a good time blogging!

    • redmenace
      July 27, 2011 - | Permalink

      Hi Alice,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! What a lot of coincidences!
      How did you get to England? Maybe I’ll move there too!


  • July 28, 2011 - | Permalink

    such delightful coincidences! Did I mention your little one and mine have the same stroller?? LOL, Mei even has a little hint of red in her hair! My husband is in the military and we are here on assignment – so I’m working on my blog, cooking and baking (a bit too much… lol), raising Mei and my puppy and keep coming across other bloggers from Seattle rather serendipitously!

  • September 15, 2011 - | Permalink

    Stumbled here (and glad I did) from the NYTimes Dining& Wine online pages, where you are listed in “What We’re Reading.” Great stuff done with oh-so-good taste.

    • redmenace
      September 15, 2011 - | Permalink

      Hi Vivian, Thanks so much for reading! You made my day. Can you send me the link? I didn’t know they linked to me. Wonderful! xo Robin

  • Rianna
    October 13, 2011 - | Permalink

    Hi Robin,

    I find your blog to be very inspiring and always bursting with energy!
    I’m a university student here in Ontario and love to read beautiful blogs such as yours in my short spans of free time in between midterms ;) I would love to know, and I’m sure many other readers are interested, what camera(s) are being used that brings out such beautiful colours in all of your pictures! I’m sure there’s no easy answer, but anything will help!

    • redmenace
      October 13, 2011 - | Permalink

      Hi Rianna,
      Thanks so much for you sweet comment! My husband is a photographer. (www.mastinstudio.com) He takes all the photos on his Canon 5D.


  • emily
    December 24, 2011 - | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the amazing norwegian cookie recipe i was looking for something unique but sweet for the boyfriend’s family this christmas…and they loved it!…Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you and your growing family

    • redmenace
      December 24, 2011 - | Permalink

      I’m so glad you liked the cookies!

      Merry Christmas!

  • February 8, 2012 - | Permalink

    hello, i too am a freckled face (although they are fading) and i too live in the seattle area….just thought i’d pop in to say hello…



  • February 12, 2012 - | Permalink


    I recently (as in few minutes ago)found your blog and I’m inlove with it.
    You have a lovely way of telling stories via photos.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Cath from The Philippines

    • redmenace
      February 13, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Catherine,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It’s wonderful to hear from you.


  • TIffany Pokorny
    June 27, 2012 - | Permalink

    Hi Robin- I know we haven’t seen each other in a while, and mostly just acquaintances, but I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog and your pinterest feed. It’s so great that you have been able to follow your passion.

    Tiffany Pokorny (Carter-eldred)

    • redmenace
      June 27, 2012 - | Permalink

      It is wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for the lovely comment! How did you find me in this space? Just curious. And, you’re married. That’s wonderful! Kids too?

  • TIffany Pokorny
    June 28, 2012 - | Permalink

    I think I found you maybe two ways, once when Jon Gordon ran a promo on FB, and then later in search on Google?

    Yes, married almost 5 years, and one hilarious 2.5 year old girl named Tabitha. Maeve looks like a sweet kiddo.


  • July 6, 2012 - | Permalink

    Hi Robin, this is Chris from the July 4th block party. There are so many wonderful recipes here I hardly know where to start. And Kirk’s photos are true frosting! Thanks for your contribution to the divine food chain. :)

    I just started a blog called Flash Memoirs to go with a class I teach at UW Experimental College. It so happens that the latest story theme is ‘cake’ – which I plucked at random from the thesaurus. If you have a good cake story, we’d love to hear it at http://wp.me/p2dlWn-9P.

    Loving your Lovely Lists,

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