I’ve recently become enamored with the world of food blogging, which is a logical step to take after a love of all things French and, of course, food-related.  I love cooking but, unlike most foodies, I didn’t grow up cooking with my mother or my grandmother.  In fact, I have no fond food memories from my past so it’s kind of strange that I’m here.  Basically it was spaghetti with jarred sauce, macaroni and cheese or fish baked with a sprinkle of paprika in our house (then again I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, when tacos were exotic.) Point is, I’ve come a long way and have no idea how I got here–my mother is not even sure she knows me!   I still make a lot of mistakes, though, so bear with me please.

In addition to cooking, I fill my time with reading, traveling, and quite often, reading about traveling (and reading about cooking!)  I love to take pictures but I really need a better camera–(I’m working on that, but since one of my fears is going into debt, it’s going to be a while before I upgrade.)  My day job as a French and Spanish teacher in a local area high school pays the bills, while allowing me to dream about and share my passions on a daily basis.  Quelle chance!

“Provence in Ann Arbor” is as much a state of mind as an actual place (my back patio).  It comes from an inside joke between my food-loving, vegetarian, organic gardener father (with whom I first visited the  actual Provence in 1995) and myself.  He may live in an industrial suburb of Detroit, but being outside in his garden, well in his mind at least, he’s in “Provence”.  One has to dream to survive in this crazy world.

Do you have a place you escape to, for real or in your mind, when the world gets you down?  It could be anywhere life is good–that’s your “Provence”.

31 Responses to About

  1. Christine Manninen says:

    Awesome blog! Thanks for all the veggie recipes!

  2. Madeline says:

    Hi Liza! I saw you commented on my blog – it’s so fun to find other food bloggers in MI (let alone, Ann Arbor!). I love your blog – the recipes you have posted look so fresh and delicious!

  3. Michael whiting says:

    Liza, your recpies look tasty and uncomplicated. cant wait to try some. I alaways love a bolognese. I enjoyed reading your blog,and will check it out again

  4. Hi Liza! Your blog looks really interesting. I just started a blog of my own called Pies and Plots (www.piesandplots.net). I live in Northville, Michigan. You are the first blogger in the Detroit area I’ve found. It’s nice to know there are a few of us out there. I look forward to reading more of your posts : )

    • Liza M. says:

      Thanks for the comments Laura! I know what you mean about local bloggers. There are only a couple that I am connected with. Oddly, most of my connections are out-of-state but I would like to change that.

  5. Hi Liza! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! http://backyardprovence.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/gifts-bestowed/

  6. You have to write a post thanking the person who nominated you with a link to their blog. That would be me 🙂 he he. Then you have to list 7 random things about you. Any 7 you would like, but it’s usually more fun if those 7 things are little known things about you. To help you out, click on the link I gave you in my comment above and that should help give you some ideas 🙂 Good luck and enjoy!

  7. Cynthia says:

    Hi! Never heard of your blog until it was mentioned in Current. Have you heard of the Michigan Lady Food Bloggers…..http://myfoodtribe.blogspot.com/2009/11/michigan-lady-food-blogger-faq.html

    • Liza M. says:

      I was mentioned in the Current? Wow! Well, my friend did me tell she voted for me. I’m not a member of Michigan Lady Food Bloggers yet. Noelle from Simmer Down mentioned it to me though.

  8. They mispelled your URL as province….LOL.

  9. J. R. Brown says:

    Such a beautiful lady with such a delicious blog. You are very talented and appreciated by many.

  10. Emily Smith (@emily__lynn) says:

    Quelle chance! I’m a UM student in A2 and I’m trying to earn a Fulbright grant to do research in Rennes, France next year. I don’t blog (too much of a commitment for me), but I will definitely be following yours!

    • Liza M. says:

      Thanks for stopping by Emily. Good luck with the Fulbright. I hear Rennes is amazing (I’ve only been through on a train en route to St. Malo). Brittany is next on my list though since it’s never boiling hot there!

  11. connie brown says:

    Looking at your delicious pictures of your meals in France makes me want to return. Your recipes are fresh, low fat, and soooo tasty. Thanks for showing us a little of Europe.

  12. I am a complete ‘dreamer’ myself wouldn’t have it any other way! You never know where it may lead you… I’m an ‘Italphile’ and what do you know, somehow I have ended up living in Italy. It’s funny where life takes you!

  13. So happy to come across this. I put together an A2 food and drink bloggers group on Meetup.com. Will send u info!!

  14. Hey Liza – We’re finally having another local Meetup. Hope you can make it ! – http://www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Food-and-Drink-Writers/events/168443942/

  15. jackie says:

    Hi LIza
    We have met a couple of times through our mutual good friend, Connie Brown. I was having dinner with Connie and Lindsay yesterday and she mentioned your blog. Being the foodie that I am, I thought I would check it out, and I am glad that I did. I look forward to your posts and trying some your dishes.

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