Sally Newton from Bewitching Kitchen

by Maureen Shaw

Sally Newton from Bewitching KitchenAnyone who comes in contact with Sally Newton from Bewitching Kitchen instantly knows they’ve met someone very special.  Not only is she a very inspiring cook and baker, she’s incredibly talented in many other ways.

Sally and her husband Phil live in Kansas where she’s a research professor of biochemistry at Kansas State University.  They also share their home with three dogs – yes three fuzzy dogs and you know how I can’t resist a fuzzy dog.  I think dog lovers are very special people.

In addition to biochemisting (I made that word up), cooking and baking, Sally is an exercise nut.  She might not classify herself that way but she exercises, runs and plays golf.  She says when she plays golf she loses her balls and her temper.  Maybe the temper losing is because she’s a hot blooded Brazilian, born and raised in Sao Paulo.

So we know Sally can cook, and she’s really smart and she’s got a hot body from all that exercise but what makes her a standout is her charming personality.  Her blog comments are usually witty, friendly and helpful and I always look forward to her visits.

Another thing that makes Sally a real standout for me (apart from  her love of dogs) is her flag waving, heart thumping love of her husband.  I don’t know why but being around people who are still in love with their best friend and spouse makes me feel good.

Bran Muffins by BewitchingBack in 2011, Sally wrote a post about how Phil was a hippie during his undergrad days and he’d found a bran muffin he really liked while studying at Berkeley.  Sally made every bran muffin recipe she could find but nothing quite matched Phil’s memory of those muffins.  Not one for failure, Sally searched the world until she found one she could adapt and her favorite  hippie was happy.

Chicken Thighs with Olives and LemonI’ve made quite a few of Sally’s recipes but one of the first ones I tried was her Chicken Thighs with Olives and Lemon.  Just the name caught my eye and then the photos hooked me in.  Seriously, doesn’t this look delicious?

Award-Winning Sourdough BaguettesIf you like sourdough bread, then Sally should be your friend.  I know,  you’re thinking she’s slender, how can she eat all that bread?   Apparently if you exercise a lot you can eat everything, at least that’s what I’ve read in books.  She does that exercise bit really well.  One of her top posts is her award-winning Sourdough Baguettes and don’t they look fantastic?

Bewitching KitchenFinally, this year Sally and Phil did something I’m dying to do – they got a new kitchen.  I watched with envious eyes as she talked about going from a dark (yet quite beautiful) kitchen to her new light and wonderful kitchen.  Look at this beautiful Blue Star stove.  I can’t do it without drooling just a bit.  One month she teased us with photos of just the stove, promising we’d get a peek at the rest of the kitchen the following month.  Yes, she made us wait for the whole kitchen.

Sally gives us so much to like.  She’s a scientist,  a bread baker, a writer, a cook, an exercise fanatic, a dog lover, a runner,  a golfer, an entertainer and probably heaps more that she hasn’t shared with anyone.  She and Phil are two people I’d love to meet in person one day.  Follow Sally on Pinterest.

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Maureen Shaw
Maureen is the owner of,, and shares FoodWriterFriday with Helene Dsouza from She loves to cook and really loves to eat and entertain. She's on a quest to prove there ARE recipes better than sex. She's come close a time or two so she's still searching.
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Lizzy (Good Things) January 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Dear Maureen, thank you to the introduction to Sally… I pop in and visit her blog sometimes and it’s lovely to learn more about this wonderful lady. : )


Gintare @Gourmantine January 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Wonderful introduction, Maureen, I’m heading over to Sally’s blog to browse through her creations :)


SallyBR January 8, 2014 at 1:44 am

Oh, Maureen…. I don’t even know what to say, this is unbelievably wonderful!

I honestly have this huge smile plastered on my face and don’t know how I’ll be able to get rid of it -it WON’T fade.

Thank you, thank you a million times, this was a special gift that I’ll cherish forever!


Ilva January 8, 2014 at 1:53 am

Sally is special, apart from having one of the few blogs I still visit, she is also one of my favourite blog readers. Her blog represents that true food blogging spirit that I miss so much nowadays, high quality content with personality and passion is what Bewitching Kitchen is about!


Maureen Shaw January 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

Ilva you said it so much better than I did!


RuthAnn January 8, 2014 at 3:05 am

I have met Sally in person, and she really is just like your article!


Maureen Shaw January 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

RuthAnn, I have envy!


Kelly @ Inspired Edibles January 8, 2014 at 6:11 am

Sally is the very first food blogger I made contact with. She and her lovely blog have a very special place in my heart. Wonderful lady indeed! (and I’m also in love with her crew of four-legged creatures) – xo


Maureen Shaw January 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

Me too, Kelly!


mjskit January 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

What a great food writer to start back with! Sally looks like a joy to be around! she looks like the kind of person that keeps everyone in the room laughing! Headed over to check out her blog. Those pictures of her food already have me drooling. Great interview Maureen and very nice to meet you Sally!


Cindy Alexander January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Well deserved recognition.


A_Boleyn January 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

As a faithful reader of Sally’s blog I can only concur with the amazing nature of this lady. I’ve made several of the recipes that she’s posted but can only marvel at her talents with bread. I can bake a basic bread/pizza dough, have made pretzels and focaccia and even a Brazilian cheese bread from her recipe but the majority of her breads are on a much higher plane of achievement than I’ve ever aspired to. I’ll just drool at the pictures. :)


Celia January 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

One of my favourite people in the world! Lovely post! :)


Chef Jim January 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Great article on Sally, she’s an inspiration in all that she accomplishes! Her devotion to her blog shines through in every post, always an enjoyable read. So glad she’s receiving recognition for her efforts. Have been following her from the beginning and have observed her evolution into a stellar food blogger. And then there’s the stove envy!


michael January 12, 2014 at 3:50 am

Super article! I recently found Sally’s web site and wow, all the great recipes and wonderful photography, I immediately started following her blog!

I am headed back to her site now to find her sourdough bread recipe!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious January 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

Wonderful article about a very special woman! Love SallyBR!


John@Kitchen Riffs January 13, 2014 at 4:53 am

Sally is new to me – thanks for the introduction! Such a lovely write up. That kitchen looks wonderful!


Denise Browning January 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

What a great article about my fellow countryman, Sally! I also love her spirit and hearty recipes, Maureen… Keep up the good work!!!


Sawsan@ Chef in disguise January 31, 2014 at 6:59 am

Sally is truly one special person. Her posts are full of passion for life, for cooking , for the people she loves and admires.
I have tried quite a few of her recipes and they all turned out perfectly.Her love for sourdough got me to start my own sourdough adventure and I have loved every minute of it.

Thank you for featuring such a warm and wonderfully talented person Maureen :)


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