Meet Our New Guest Food Blogger

Oct 2015

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Hello, my name is Emily Schuermann and I am the food-loving blogger you will find over at Food for a Year. I am an Okie Native, wife and mom (to four; three boys & a girl), with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering who became an unintentional foodie on September 1, 2009. 

On that day, I got a phone call that changed everything. Really, most of the call was a blur – but somehow I understood a recipe I had submitted 6 months earlier had been tested, scrutinized and selected, from among thousands and thousands of entries, to participate in the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off. At the time, I was 28 months ((okay, maybe it was more like 7 1/2, but really – who’s counting??)) pregnant with our little girl and I felt pretty certain this news would make me pop!

I did not pop, nor did I happen to win the Bake-Off and it’s jaw-dropping million dollar prize – but I did walk away with a gift. I felt validated and inspired – I am a good cook because the dough boy said so!  

Then, three years ago, I found myself doing something else I never expected — building a house. Really, I wasn’t building a house, I was building our home. Early into the process, my hubby and I came to a marriage-saving agreement: he wrote all of the checks and I made all of the decisions – and we lived happily ever after, haha!

I situated walls, assigned outlet positions, designed cabinets, chose lighting, studied paint colors, selected wallpaper and hardware, carpet and tile, countertops and sinks…copper vessel & farmhouse sinks to be exact.

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Making the choice to have a copper farmhouse sink felt like a bit of a risk at the time. Would it cost too much, could I keep it pretty and still use it, would I regret choosing it as time passed? Once dropped in – my heart leapt at the sight of it’s rustic beauty. And as the weeks and months passed, I was surprised & relieved with just how easy it was to care for.  

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About the time we were getting settled into our new, shiny home I decided it was time to start a new project – a food blog. 

My goal with Food for a Year is to document my recipe successes and even the failures (there is a lot to learn in failing, I think!), all the while encouraging busy folks, like me, to circle up to the dinner table daily, with a simple & tasty home-cooked meal. That “eating as a family everyday” thing can seem overwhelming to many, but with a little planning, a nicely stocked pantry, a vault of family-approved recipes & a few cooking short-cuts it can be done – painlessly and in budget. And oh, how those regular family dinners will pay off! 

One day, probably while staring at my pretty, farmhouse sink it hit me – cooking is a lot like a copper sink. It might be a little scary, especially if you have never done it before, it might seem expensive when you first stock the pantry & you may have some cooking mess-ups ((or, as I like to call them: learning opportunities)). Those similarities brought me here! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share some recipes on the Sinkology blog that reflect my view of a copper sink: simple, timeless, affordable and beautifully rustic.


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