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 @gregorytlee, 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.

Pull up a chair, what’s your story…?

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17 Responses to Beth’s Story

  1. anita baranovsky February 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I am being very entertained by your blog. I must say the banana loaf sounds deadly delicious. I would enjoy the restaurants but will concentrate on the local ones.and keep some suggestions for your visits.
    Congratulations on a successful effort!!

    • omgyummy February 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      Thanks Anita! My goal is to stay entertaining and interesting enough for you to keep reading! One thing I forgot to mention about the “deadly delicious” loaf is that if you make it for your grandkids, the calorie count goes down because of the happiness you will be sharing.

    • kris August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am #

      i like your description of the food “deadly delicious” lol its an odd saying tho

  2. Mary Gospe February 23, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Congratulations on your blog, Beth! My mouth is watering reading your recipes and reviews!

  3. Georgia B. February 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    What a wonderful blog. Not that I’ve read very many!! But it is so full of passion, Beth. And your passion is what makes your identity, my dear. Keep cooking, keep tasting and keep loving it all. Who knows, you might even convince me to start cooking! I can’t wait for you to come to New York and set yourself loose on the food here.

  4. Irene Saiger March 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the link to my hamantaschen recipe and mentioning me in the article. I would love you to check out my blog as well.

    All the best,
    Irene

    http://bamitbach.blogspot.com

    • omgyummy March 4, 2010 at 5:02 am #

      Irene, I’m so glad you sent me the link to your blog. I really enjoyed your write-up about the hamantaschen. I see you are fairly new to blogging as well. It will be fun to follow along and stay in touch. Next I will have to compare your challah recipe to my grandmother’s to see how similar they are. Happy cooking and happy blogging.

  5. Lynn July 9, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog Beth! In addition to sharing spectrum-y kids and being around the same age, I lived in San Jose for 7 years. I’ve been in Chicago since 2007 but spent my years out there working in hi-tech (of course) but really wanted to get back home when my daughter was diagnosed with autism in 2006.

    But I’m a horrible cook, so that’s where the similarities end…

  6. Eben Fowler August 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Saw a post you made about picking blueberries on Greylock near Pittsfield, MA. My grandparents lived in Pittsfield for 50 years and we went to Greylock for the same reason many years ago. Can’t remember exactly where or what time of year, though it must have been summer. Can you recall where you did the picking? I hope to return with my wife in the next couple of years to relive that wonderful memory.

    Eben Fowler
    Kansas City

    • omgyummy August 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Eben! It was a comment I made on the blog Bamitbach when she wrote about blueberry buns (http://bamitbach.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/blueberry-buns/#comments). Wow – your grandparents lived there for 50 years! Our family lived there for over 20 years – I was 11 when we moved to California. It was a great place to be a kid. And boy was the summer blueberry picking terrific. I will ask my parents if they remember any more details about where we went to do the picking and get back to you.

  7. Nina Killham August 27, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    You keep on blogging! Your posts are fun and yummy. A pleasure to read. Thanks.

  8. Mariya August 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Just found your blog and wanted to say hello. You have some great articles and recipes! I’m looking forward to coming back soon :-)

  9. neha October 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Beth,

    I was wondering if there’s an email address where I could send you a note? I’d love to chat with you about your views on bloggers collaborating with consumer brands. Could you let me know how I can reach you?

    Thanks!
    Neha.

  10. Richard Bernhardt December 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Who better to do this? I’m a fan! Life is made up of many flavors. Its a great thing to call forth those that are great! Keep on doing this Beth, I’m reading every issue and its a joy. And Happy Chanukah to you, your family and all of your readers! – Richard

  11. Annette October 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Beth,

    I met you yesterday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lyfe Kitchen. Thank you for being a great lunch companion. I’m definitely going back for the flatbread – it looked delicious :)

    I enjoy your blog – everything looks so yummy. I would like to try your Creamy, Cheesy Garlicky Rice with Spinach recipe.

    If you ever are in Palo Alto and want to eat at Lyfe Kitchen again, let me know!

    ~~ Annette

    • omgyummy October 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      I will Annette! I enjoyed chatting and eating with you as well. Go to the LYFE Kitchen Facebook page and look at the photos from the opening – there’s one of you! Yes – I am going back for the flatbread as well. Next week – I’ll probably pop in for breakfast one morning. I’ll let you know how that is.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog – let’s eat together again soon.

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