Carrie Brown

Hello!  I’m an {ex-professional} pastry-chef-turned-cookbook-author-freelance-photographer-recipe-developr with a crazy, 4-country, 3-continent-spanning resume which includes such things as a chocolate TV show, a chocolate cookbook & making pastries for the Queen of England.  I trained at the National Bakery School in London and have now turned my pastry chef talents to creating scrumptious *SANE food to help the world eat smarter, live better, and put the healthy back into healthy.

I am the Podcast Co-host, Recipe Developer, and Food Photographer for the The Calorie Myth / Smarter Science of Slim, working excitedly and tirelessly alongside the Head of SANEity, Jonathan Bailor.  I have published 3 cookbooks that will make eating healthy the most delicious thing you ever did.

Here on my blog I share tales of food, travel, and adventure from my splendid single life in the *SANE lane, as well as my trials and triumphs with Bi-polar Disorder, Adrenal Fatigue, and my journey back to slim and vibrant.

Here’s a few cliff-notes:  British American living in Seattle.  Love eating.  Have an accent like crack (apparently).  Go on {very} long, crazy road-trips regularly.  Live with a couple of large cameras, a pile of cats (Florence, Dougal, Penelope, Zebedee, Daisy, and Mr. McHenry), & a ridiculous amount of cocoa powder.  Have a propensity for driving on anything that even vaguely resembles a dirt road – especially if it is not marked on a map.  Think leeks are the finest vegetable on earth.  Started this thing called The Big Breakfast Adventure & now entirely unable to stop.  Adore daffodils.  Dream about eating expeditions in Paris & Bruges.  Couldn’t do a push-up if my life depended on it.  Have Had Chiko the Cat for a soul-mate {7/4/05 – 11/04/11}.  Driving solo for 14 hours straight is pretty much nirvana-on-wheels to me.    Wear a lot of black & white…that’s how my brain works too.  Like to get up at 4 am to photograph the sunrise and be first in line for breakfast.  Believe that chia seeds are proof that God exists.  Go completely gaga over the scent of roses.  Known for my disarming honesty & openness:  I say it how it is.  Especially about me.  Just to be clear though,  it’s not always rainbows and unicorns.

And there’s more:  {Fat} Dr. Pepper is delicious – even though I no longer drink it; it is evil!  My kitchen is yellow, like butter.  Believe Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar could cure a lot of the world’s ills.  Have a fondness for sitting on the edge of large bodies of water.  Avid label reader.  Non-swimmer.  Sunshine gets me {very} happy.  Refuse to use my microwave unless it’s a National Emergency.  Have a secret crush on tractors.  I. LOVE. VEGGIES.  Do not have a TV.  Recently added a confusing amount of pink to my wardrobe, and made friends with my local police sergeant.  You never know when you might need a burly cop to come to the rescue.  Consistently failed Mind Reading 101.  Crazy about smoked trout; and white.  Hopeless at sewing.  Instigated a kitchen-wide ban on all plastic containers.  Never leave home without six 72-hour kits in the car.  Think Cauliflower Cheese is the bomb.  Have a love-hate relationship with exercise, Sunmaid Raisin Bread, and my therapist.  Would drive a really long way for really great food – and do, often.  Eat flax seeds daily.  I have a completely ridiculous schedule and half the time I swear I don’t know my a** from my elbow.  Nevertheless, I am * in LOVE * with my life.  It’s a little bit of crazy with a whole lot of *SANE.

However, no {wo}man is an island.  Shout-outs below.  

Carrie Brown and Jonathan Bailor
Carrie Brown

Geoff Nyheim - without you, these food, travel & photography passions would still just be buzzing around inside me.   You gave me the most precious gift of time, even though that made life more difficult for you.  You selflessly pushed me to follow my dreams & expand my talents when it was entirely not in your best interests to do so.  I don’t think you understand the impact that you have had on every area of my life over the last 4 years.  Everyone needs a Chief Cheerleader.  I had to wait a lot of years for mine, but once you showed up, it changed my life, entirely.  I believe that I can do anything, because you told me so.  Your presence will reverberate throughout the rest of my life.  You also rave about my ice cream, my art & my food blog to anyone who will listen.

Jonathan Bailor - the guru of all things *SANE, my Partner in Podcast crime, The Bailornator, modern-day Adonis that I get to hang with every week in the studio.  And laugh out loud with.  And take crazy pictures with.  I would not be where I am today without you, Bailor.  You inspire me, you cheer me on, you believe in me, and you hug me so hard I think you may have cracked a rib or two.  You’ve also gave me my fat-control and cholesterol-busting mojo back, and for that I have no words that can adequately express my gratitude.  YOU. ARE. AWESOME.  That’s all I have to say on the matter.

Marc Levine - I would not be here without you.  My life would not look anything like it does now if not for your influence in my life.  You hold my feet to the fire in a way that no one else has ever been brave enough to do.  You challenge me, you tell me when I am being ridiculous, and you tell me who I really am.  I am who I am because of your persistence and love.

Mark - you always get wildly excited about everything that I ever cook for you & that is the best encouragement & inspiration to carry on.  We share a passion for {great} food that I am sure started with a box of chicken & chips in the back seat of the car when we were young children.  Either that or the infamous apricot teabread & blocks of frozen spinach committed us to developing extraordinarily finely tuned palates & a desire for excellence in all things “food”.  You also introduced me to “the Chinky” for which I will be forever grateful.

John Marchant – you believed in me & mentored me when the entire staff of the National Bakery School just thought I was the biggest pain in the a**.  Which I was.  But you took that attitude & talent & pointed it in all the right directions & I became the Top Student in the Country for my graduating year.  You also taught me how to crack crab claws & gave me permission to eat with my fingers in public.

Bob Neal – you taught me to stop living life by only following the rules, to stop cooking by only following the recipes & to stop looking at the world through only my parents eyes.  If there was anyone that set me on the road to adventure, it was you.  I would never have jumped out of an airplane if you hadn’t been on the ground cheering me on.  I would never have followed my passions if you hadn’t given me the idea & the courage.  And you once gave me 14 chocolate Aero bars hidden inside your {fabulous} pottery.  They are the best chocolate bars I’ve ever had.  And that pot is proudly sitting in my lounge.

Rick & Teresa Lukens - You gave me an opportunity that I doubt anyone else ever would have;  and you were always so incredibly enthusiastic about every recipe on every show that we ever did together.  I am still making those chocolate treats I created for you…they are some of my favorites. ”We love it when cb comes – she talks so cute & she always brings chocolate”.

Alisen Peterson – you are a ROCK.  You help me in so many ways I don’t even know where to start.  You get excited about every last little thing that I do & I can’t thank you enough for that enthusiasm.  You also roast a most fantastic chicken.  And your pork ribs are ridiculous.

Larry & Susan Shaw -  you read my foodie ramblings religiously, every single time I post one word.  You are also so willing to try new {weird} foods, cook different ways & eat things you either never knew existed or would never dreamed of trying before.  Larry, you are also the best griller I know.

Miss Kathy – you have been one of my biggest supporters & encouraged & inspired me to just keep on going. You got excited about every last little thing that I did & I can’t thank you enough for that enthusiasm. You also consumed a lot of {great} food simply to further my little food blog.

Becky & Justin Schoen – my early *SANE recipe guinea pigs & website helpers. You guys were the bomb. THANK YOU.

Lovely Readers – plus the friends, neighbors & colleagues that get to be my food testers & art critics – what would the point be, if not for you?  Thank you.

 photos by: Bala Sivakumar

My photography website can be found at:  http://www.carriebrown.com

Karen Wright - You are such a refreshing talent!! Who’d have known the ‘chocolate’ guru could shoot!! Congratulations on this marvelous site and following the feet of your passion. May you find your beauty hanging on many, many walls!

Maria Toole - Dearest beautiful and talented friend,
You ROCK! this is just amazing! We are so proud of you :) Most we are proud you are in our life. Love ya! Maria and Mike Toole

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Matthias - Hello Carrie,

if there is one thing I do miss ever since I left MSFT, it is your Ice Cream. It made the travel to Seattle worth it.

Kind Regards,
Matthias

carrie - THANKS, Matthias! That means a LOT, especially given that you live in Germany :-) Hope you are doing well.

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Claudia Anderson - This is the first blog where I have posted a comment for personal, not professional reasons. I look forward to reading about your new SANE food discoveries.

carrie - THANK YOU, Claudia! I really appreciate you taking time to post a note.

Lorrie Walter - Wow, first time for me reading thru your ENTIRE set of sites, photos, blogs and every little piece i could get my hands on this evening. I’ve know you for what seems like forever and have always believed in every thing you do as your talent and motivation are never ending and make us all want to be better folks. So I cannot believe after all this time, i’ve just sat down and gotten to know you in a truly different way. I love every bit and will be one of your avid followers.
Oh and trust me, if you miss a day, a photo post or new recipe I’ll let you know. :-)
hugs to you my dear and all that you do so unselfishly so that others can thrive.

Sally - Hi Carrie, i am a good ol fashioned essex girl based in brentwood uk! (Not sure if this is relevent but hey!) I would be interested to know what your thoughts on cheddar/stilton are? Sane? Not sane? That is the question! X

carrie - Sally – this is why I love Bailor. “Eat as much cheese as you need to keep you happy”. :-)) Hi, Essex!!

Rewi - Jonathan has a great way of explaining what I haven’t been able to get my head around. I’ve known for a year or so,how stuffed up our diet has become, without us knowing or been told the truth!! Having stumbled onto your podcast has made my understanding of where I want my diet to be at… very clear! SANE food for me… However ( this is where you come in) Carrie, your input into the podcast is the link that I needed. So many times you have asked the exact question I was thinking! Plus you add much needed humour ( no offence Jon)Is there a cook book yet?

carrie - THANK YOU, Rewi! We’re so happy you found us and filled in the blanks for yourself :-) Cook book is in the works! In the meantime you will find tons of SANE recipes here.

joy - I tried to make chessy muffins but they didn’t turn out very well. I think it’s because your recipe calls for ounces of ingredients rather than tablespoons. Does 1 ounce of an ingredient equal 2 tablespoons, like in ‘traditional’ recipes or is there a different way to measure?
Thank you
Please reply

carrie - Hi Joy – you cannnot successfully convert weights to volume for dry ingredients, as you found out :-( 1 ounce of ground almonds is a differnt volume to 1 ounce of xylitol, or any other dry ingredient. For consistent baking success you need to weigh, which is why all the baking recipes are written that way. Hope that helps!

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Robbie - Hi Carrie, Thanks for sharing and being you. Big Spirit Hug for quick healing! My eldest daughter suffers from seizures, it is discomforting, and for me comforting at the same time , that we don’t know any more than we do about the brain. I appreciate what you have done and continue to do. I found you and John from different threads, the serendipity of finding you working together was very reaffirming. I played with your chocolate milk syrup recipe to make Mexican hot chocolate this morning. Needs more polish before publish. :) My mantra over the coming weeks, is if CB didn’t design it, I am not going to devour it ! Cheers, Happy Holidays !! –Robbie “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl

Enid - Hi Carrie! I just watched the video of you and Johnathan making the peanut butter icecream.. You added a protein to it but didn’t state what kind/brand of protein powder it was…can you share that with me please? and, HappyNewYear!! :)

carrie - Enid – here is the recipe: http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/25863 and here is the ingredient guide: http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/23109 Hope those help!

Scott McClintock - Thx for your many contributions! I’m brand new to this and eating sanely on the road is still very challenging for me. I’m on the road for 3 nights next week and I don’t have the ability to cook in hotel room. Your website is a God send for me!

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