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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17 Responses to A Knead to Bake and Lonni’s Heartfelt Challah Recipe

  1. sandycorman September 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    How wonderful to see all this. Where did you get those pictures of grandma. Boy does all this
    bring back memories. Great writing and great story.

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:09 am #

      Found the photo in the old slides! Lots of more good ones to come! Glad you liked the post.

  2. Carol Sacks September 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Sweet story, Beth. Such a heartfelt post!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:11 am #

      Thanks Carol! I made babka this weekend, which is almost like challah with chocolate — I think the yeast demons are slowly fading away!

  3. Sarene (FringeFood) September 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Beautiful story. Every time you make challah from here on out you’ll have your two challah muses guiding your hands. How wonderful is that!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:12 am #

      Thanks Sarene – and I’m sure they’ll be “amused” at my kneading but eventually impressed.

  4. Deb|EastofEdenCooking September 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Such a marvelous post! I adore family stories that are food centered. The Challah is so luxurious, bursting with fresh homemade bread flavor and history. I only knew my paternal grandmother and really didn’t spend much time with her. I relished reading your family history rich in tradition and wonderful food!

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 6:14 am #

      Yes – bread and certainly challah is rich with stories and tradition. And isn’t it amazing how much history you can get from just one old slide – the food and dishes on the table with my grandmother’s challah is just so time-stamped!

  5. Cheryl September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    I love this whole story and did from the very first line. And then I got to the two videos. As soon as I heard the voice in the 2nd video, I recognized it immediately. It’s Lonni Goldman! What a pleasure to discover this after enjoying the story. I then went back and realized why Lonni’s hands are described as athletic and nimble. (Since I know her, I know she’s a triathlete!)

    p.s. I now see that you do use her last name in the shaded recipe box, but I didn’t see it on my first read-through:)

    • Beth Lee September 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      thanks for the kind words – it truly means the world to me that you enjoyed the story and I am happy that I did your opener proud :-) Though I included many photos – loved them too much no to – I felt like this piece could have stood on its own with just one photo – that made me happy too :-)

      Lonni is a force of nature and her challahs are simply stunning. She brought 4 of her beauties to Rosh Hashanah dinner – we are still devouring the final crumbs.

      Looked like your weekend was fantastic – I hope you didn’t give all my inside stories away in one sitting!

  6. Couscous & Consciousness October 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    What a wonderful post, Beth. So thrilling to see you overcoming your yeast demons, and what a wonderful couple of mentors to guide you. That bread looks absolutely stunning, and has me really want to give it a try.

  7. Hannah October 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Just beautiful, Beth – I loved every word and your lovely photos and videos. Family memories and food together are so heartwarming. And something about challah is particularly special – making it and sharing it around the table. Your challahs are just gorgeous! L’shana tova to you and your family! Wishing you a sweet, delicious year ahead. xx

    • Beth Lee October 16, 2014 at 8:39 am #

      And you Hannah! And may it bring an opportunity for you and I to finally meet and cook in person!!!

      • Hannah October 16, 2014 at 9:25 am #

        On my wish list for 5775, Beth! xx

  8. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian October 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    I like my challah a little less eggy too, and this looks perfect, Beth. What a gorgeous photo of the bread, and I loved seeing the photos of your family!

    • Beth Lee October 16, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Susan! I’m excited to go read your post over on Eating Rules for October Unprocessed!

      • susan @ the wimpy vegetarian October 16, 2014 at 8:50 am #

        I’m so glad you mentioned this, Beth! I thought Andrew was posting it at 1PM, not 1AM, and scheduled my corresponding blog post for THAT time. I just changed it. Thank you!!

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