Beth’s Story

Beth Lee, food blogger OMG! Yummy

My Story

My name is Beth Lee and I live in San Jose, California with my husband (@dormantchef), two food-loving teenage kids, and an adorable cockapoo named Scooby. I started blogging to dig my way out of a mid-life full-time mom crisis — inspired to pursue something I didn’t learn in business school or in 15 years as a marketing communications executive, or in the last 17 years as a parent – writing about and sharing my passion for yummy food. Our family’s 2008 trip to Italy, when I realized I had succeeded in raising two passionate eaters, further fueled my own desire to share my enthusiasm for eating and cooking through a blog. With a little tech support from @techsavvyteen, I started OMG! Yummy in February of 2010.

Everybody has a Story

As I started blogging and sharing my endless enthusiasm for food, I discovered something really intriguing: the best stories are told in the kitchen and everyone who has a kitchen (or eats in one), has a story.

My food memories unfold in my bubbe’s tiny New York City kitchen which was no larger than the single cabinet, stove, sink and refrigerator it contained. Her workspace was limited but her baking talent knew no bounds. Even in her early 90s, she still greeted us with hot home-baked challah bread, whose smell sweetened the hallway of her old apartment building on Avenue N on most Friday evenings. With her inspiration still alive in me, I strive to make cooking like granny cool again, sharing recipes and stories that nourish and satisfy.How Did Bubbe Bake It - BlogHerFood aha moment

I also hope that OMG! Yummy will inspire you to get in the kitchen, gather around the dinner table, share a story, create a memory, and just enjoy a nutritious and satisfying meal with family and friends.

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23 Responses to Blistered Tomato, Corn, and Arugula Salad for a Farmers’ Market Dinner Party

  1. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian July 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    This looks gorgeous Beth, and such a terrific way to celebrate summer’s bounty at the farmer’s market. What a fun project this was for all of us!!

    • Beth Lee July 18, 2014 at 7:17 am #

      I agree Susan and I am so pleased to get to know more Bay Area bloggers, even if only virtually for the time being. All of your work is inspiring and I can’t wait to meet in person.

  2. Jane, The Heritage Cook July 18, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    What a beautiful and delicious dish Beth! Oh my, I can’t wait to make it and I know The Artist and I will both love it!!

    • Beth Lee July 18, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      I just love the tastes of summer and the fact that so often, the ingredients need little to shine. What a great idea these dinner parties are – cheers to Renee for putting it together. I will be heading over to check out your menu soon!

  3. Deb July 18, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Such an appealing salad! You have captured summer-on-plate, bursting with seasonal flavor and easy to prepare. When I’m in Santa Cruz I often stop at New Leaf. The Westside store is a favorite!

    • Beth Lee July 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      We are lucky to have our own New Leaf walking distance from the house. It’s such a great back up when I miss the farmers market. Plus I love how they take care of their produce section – such a labor of love! Hope to find a way to meet up with you in Santa Cruz or Aptos sometime soon Deb!

  4. Jennie Schacht July 18, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    What a beautiful expression of summer in a salad! Can’t beat that Brentwood corn and it’s really sweet and flavorful right now. I love it charred and it looks like a perfect addition to your salad. Happy farmers’ market summer!

    • Beth Lee July 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Same to you Jennie. Can’t wait to dig into some of your ice cream recipes. It’s a pleasure getting to know all of you and I look forward to meeting you all and cooking in person!

  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Yum! Your salad looks just incredible! Simply perfect for the summer! I love tomatoes and corn together! Great salad! I will have to make this recipe soon!

    • Beth Lee July 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      Everybody’s contributions were inspirational and creative. I hope we can have one of these virtual dinner parties in person sometime soon!

  6. Marlene @Nosh My Way July 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow, Beth this is so beautiful and colorful and fresh. The virtual Farmer’s Market Dinner was a success. I hope we do it again.

    • Beth Lee July 21, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Me too Marlene! Thanks for stopping by. I just added all the links to your groups’ recipes as well!

  7. Couscous & Consciousness August 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Beth this is an utterly glorious summer salad, and now you have me longing for summer days. We still have a month of winter to get through, but days are getting longer and warming up already, and the first of my broad beans in the garden has popped it’s little head up, so it’s nice to feel that spring is just around the corner.
    Hard to believe that it was round about this time a year ago that we were lunching together in Mountain View. The year has flashed by and I hope we get to do that again – maybe next year xo

    • Beth Lee August 6, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Sue! I always do a little happy dance when I see a note from you! I did think about you and other southern hemisphere readers when I wrote this post but we will be having the same pangs in a few months when your summer is in full bloom! I hope your winter has been mild and more comforting than harsh. I think of our lunch fondly and hope you will be here for a visit next year. If so, how fun would it be to cook together?! If you have time in your schedule, maybe we can indulge!

      • Couscous & Consciousness August 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

        Beth, we have been very lucky with a relatively mild winter by New Zealand standards, and having had three days in the last week when I didn’t have to wear my overcoat, I’m hoping that I might be saying goodbye to winter boots in another week or two. Certainly, there are daffodils out everywhere, and the first of the apple blossom is starting to appear. Spring lambs everywhere too. This time of year always does my heart good.

        As does remembering our lunch together. I’m really hoping to be able to make it back there again next year, and it would be wonderful to be able to spend some time cooking together. I will make sure I have time for that :-)

        • Beth Lee August 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

          Oh gosh, while your daffodils are blooming, our grass is dying of thirst and we are watching the fall decorations arrive in the stores. I truly hope you make it back next year and we will most definitely cook together if you do. That date ice cream was a knock-out. You are truly so creative Sue. It always spurs me on to reach a bit higher!

  8. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong August 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    This is a perfect Summer salad. love the dressing.. delicious! !

    • Beth Lee August 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      In the summer especially, simpler is better. No need to get fancy – it’s all about the ingredients in their natural form! Thanks for coming by Arpita.

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