Anyone 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.
Back 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.
I’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?
If 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?
Finally, 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.