Who we are.

Bryn Mooth:
I’m an avid home cook, a gardener of mixed success, a wine lover, a fan of interesting cocktails and a farmer’s market fanatic. I live and cook in Cincinnati, OH.

I’m also an independent journalist and copywriter focused on food, wellness and creativity. I write for creative agencies, food and wellness brands, and publications, helping them tell mouthwatering stories to their audiences.

I come from a line of accomplished cooks, from my Grandmother (whose blueberry pie is the gold standard) and Grandma (whose homemade noodles are legend in our family and beyond); to my parents, both of whom know their way around the kitchen and then some; to my brother, who’s a French Culinary Institute-trained chef and culinary instructor. My husband, Rob, is my partner in kitchen crime.

My first published recipe was in Grandma’s cookbook. It was a recipe for “Awesome Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins.” I love the word ‘awesome.’ The book is full of our family’s recipes, including noodles, Mom’s sauerkraut balls, my favorite raspberry pie, and more. It is, truly, my family’s cookbook.

I love growing what I eat. Rob and I visit historic Findlay Market every single Saturday, where we buy probably 75% of what we cook and eat every week. I couldn’t live without fresh tomatoes and summer Ohio corn.

Rob Mooth:
I am the resident bartender, yard caretaker, and saute/grill guy. While at work I think a lot about strategy, but when it comes to food I’m all about the execution. Give me some prepped raw ingredients, and I’ll make sure they are cooked to perfection. When it comes down to it, the only things I really know about cooking are to crank the burner a little hotter and to not be a sissy with seasoning. A little knowledge can take you a long way, my friends.

You may see me occasionally do a food-related post, but more often I’ll huddle with The Wine Bears to share wine reviews and news. Our comments and ratings will employ the highly scientific 4-Paws rating system, which will be based on a wine’s overall quality for the price. I mean, you don’t need our help to tell you that a bottle of Opus or Sassicaia is rockin’ good. So if we’re going to help you out there, we should send you a check for $200 so you can buy a bottle, not to reveal that these wines are tasty. We’ll instead focus on wines that are widely available and at prices that mere mortals can consider.

Henry & Edgar, the Wine Bears:
Henry is the little bear; Edgar is the big bear. They’re best friends, inseparable. Henry is wily, sharp, cynical and a bit of a critic; Edgar is big-hearted, friendly and encouraging. Henry and Edgar have accompanied us on several of our travels to Wine Country, and Henry in particular has developed a rather sophisticated palate. (Edgar, meanwhile, is just as happy with a cold brewski.) Henry has established his patented Four Paws rating system by which he shares his wine recommendations.

Like what you see here? [Thanks!] If you’d like to share a writes4food recipe on your own blog, you’re welcome to do so. All I ask is that you include a link back to the original post. And remember that the rules of the food-blogging road say that authors can reproduce a list of ingredients, but not copy and paste an entire recipe verbatim—add your own insights, instructions and ideas to make the recipe your own.

30 thoughts on “Who we are.

  1. We love your site. Bryn: I have a great pic of you and your dad. Last year in Fort Myers. I’ll print it in send it to you

  2. I want the recipe for “Awesome Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins”! Would love to try it! And I had a recipe of mine put in the paper when I was 10 years old! Fruit Cocktail Dessert! While my baking skills have improved, with my family’s tastes, sadly, the cooking skills are pretty boring. Can I come live with you???

  3. Hi Bryn and Rob! The risotto is an art. You make me want to get in the kitchen, cook, and create! I like your website. : )

  4. We went to college together!! What a cool sight! I leave the cooking to my husband. I will turn him on to this.

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  11. Just stumbled onto you via The Cincinnati Enquirer. This looks like a wonderful site – I just spent the last 20 minutes reading older posts and will certainly return for more! Can’t wait to try the scone recipe.

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  13. So glad I found your blog! I’m 19 years old and currently in Columbus.. but Middletown, OH is my home! I’m in school for Nutrition and Public Affairs Journalism so I really admire people like you who pursue their passions in writing and food :) Looking forward to reading more!

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  16. Hi guys!

    My name is Sue, and found your blog today thru WordPress – it captured my interest! I’m from SlimKicker (a healthy living/fitness app), and was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

    Our site basically turns people’s health/fitness goals into a level up game with challenges such as quitting soda for a week. We’re looking for new challenge ideas, so was thinking of holding a contest where your readers leave a comment on a health challenge idea, and we’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor.

    Let me know if you’re interested by email: sue (at) slimkicker.com

    PS. You can choose not to publish this comment since it’s not really a comment, I just couldn’t find your email address =)

    Best,
    Sue

  17. Your idea for the summer tomato sandwhich ensnared me! You have achieved status on my website “favorites” list! From one girl who loves flavorful healthy food and great wine to another, see if you can get ahold of a Zenaida Cellars Pinot or Grey Wolf Cellars Barton Family Reserve in OH. Both are small, fabulous wineries on Route 46 in Paso Robles, CA. Our family ventures to the area about twice a year and can’t find other wines to measure up. Love your blog and looking forward to more!
    -T in San Diego

    • Hi, T in San Diego — thanks for stopping by and commenting! I’m glad we’ve “ensnared” you! A visit to Paso Robles has been on our wish list for a couple of years, and your recommendations are great. We’ll keep an eye out for both wineries locally, and be sure to stop in when we are able to make the trip to CA.
      Bryn

  18. I love looking at and reading your blog–superior visuals, and the text makes me feel like I’m cooking myself. . . . Your recipes bring to mind some of my own favorites, which is cool too.
    Celia in Chicago

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  20. Love your blog!
    Found your site after reading the Clara story on yahoo. I live near and frequent the antique shops in Milford where you found the cards. Cards of this nature are my passion and I dig for them everywhere I go, I adore the history of recipes and their evolution to modern day cooks.
    I will be keeping up with your site, it’s a treasure chest.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Shellie in Owensville, Ohio

  21. First of all I would like to applaud you on your find and hope you can grow a larger relationship with Clara and/or her family. Your site is very lovely and helpful and I will surely try some of your recipes in the very near future. I am from ohio myself Akron actually but I am now in China at the moment and I love to cook weastern food for my friends and my wifes family so this will be a great way to grow deeper bonds as everyone can bond through food. Cheers and god bless.

    MIke Akron, Ohio

  22. Bryn, Fascinated about your Clara project. Have a similar situation with both my grandmother’s handwritten recipes (born in early 1900′s) and mother’s recipes (born in 1933). Reading your story brings back memories of my grandparents habits and lives as well. When my mom passed away, I went through all of her hand-written recipes and my grandmother’s as well.. still have most, but some were very antiquated and out dated ..
    I am a chef.. but have enjoyed going down memory lane with these recipes. I love your twist on some of them… And yes, whenever I make the chocolate brownie pudding for a gathering… there is NONE left! Enjoy the journey with Clara.. what a find!

  23. Hi Bryn, Would like you to know that I’ve spent the afternoon reading everything on the “Clara Project” and put some of the recipe’s in my with my own collection from my mom & dad and my mother in law…a few of the best cook’s I ever knew. Learned all my cooking skills from them. But I was hoping to find Clara’s Swiss Steak recipe that you mentioned…but apparently you haven’t tried it yet. I want to see how close it is to my mom and dad’s (the best I ever tasted!) They’ve all passed on but their recipes live on. I don’t normally write comments or follow blogs but this one is great . Made my day thinking back to the smells and memories of a time when everything tasted so great. Looking forward to Clara’s Swiss Steak!! Thank you and God Bless

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  25. Hi Bryn, I’m an ex-Minnesotan living in Israel and reading your blog makes me miss Minnesota summers!! Fresh corn especially…I’ll be visitng Minnesota in September and hoping to get to some the great farmers’ merkets in Miineapolis while I’m there.

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