Megan is the Seattle-based mom, writer, recipe developer and culinary educator behind the whole food’s blog A Sweet Spoonful and the granola company Marge Granola…. That’s a considerable resume considering she was a high school English teacher only a few years ago!
I’ve long loved the stories born from people gathering to eat together
I started my company and blog after I was laid off from teaching English and began working in the catering department of a restaurant. I’ve always loved baking, and would often bake for family, friends and my students but I wanted to do it on a larger scale. The blog was a natural fit – I wanted to explore people gathering to eat together in my own life. Soon after, I rented a commercial kitchen space and started selling my pies and granola at local farmers markets. It all grew from there.
My blog is very creative and a bit insular
I don’t have a team or a stylist – it’s all me brainstorming and writing recipes (usually at night) and photographing them during the day. I challenge myself to write one post a week, but with a new-ish baby, that sometimes doesn’t happen.
Marge Granola is more team-focused
I have wonderful employees who help bake and ship the product, and I do a lot of the behind-the-scenes vendor management, books, and new product development. I get to talk to our customers and brainstorm with employees – it’s more social and interactive. So the two balance each other really well: I can dip into a quieter space when I need to and then step out and engage with my community when I need a bit of that.
Thoughts for my son
I want him to see that we can make things at home that many people buy out of convenience: a pot of popcorn instead of microwave bags, pasta sauce or homemade ice cream. I’d love to instill in him the idea of balance… if you have an ice cream cone after lunch, it’s not the best idea to have one after dinner, too. If you have a bunch of white food on your plate, it’s good to add some color. If you’re a curious and passionate eater, those things work themselves out.
This year’s Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is the symbolic kickoff to our first summer with our son, so we’ll likely go on a family hike together and hopefully finally buy the grill we’ve been promising ourselves for two summers now!
Megan’s Fresh Memorial Day Recipes
Follow Megan on Instagram, too, for additional recipe inspiration! @meganjgordon