rel·ish  \’re-lish\
(n): enjoyment of or delight in something
(v): with immense pleasure

cory about me photo 1

I’m Cory, and (a warm!) welcome to my little corner of the interwebs, dedicated mostly to cooking – with the occasional life-musing/deep-thought/shameless pug-love sprinkled in.  Since I started this blog many moons ago (or more accurately in 2011), a slew of things have shifted and changed, but I’ll do my best to catch you up by using that threadbare idiom “to put it all in a nutshell” and tell you this: I am a former city mouse-come-country-girl turned  San Franciscian turned modern farmer, and, outside of my very scattered geographical whereabouts, I’ve made the journey from stock trader to chef to bakery manager to jewelry designer.  Trust….I’m scratching my head too….but I feel so enriched by my experiences and by the amazing human beings I’ve met along the way, that what else can I say?  I’m embracing this wild ride.

I live with my seriously delightful husband, James, on an avocado ranch in Montecito, which is a tiny but very special little polka-dot of a town snuggled up next to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez mountains in the Central/Southern Coastal region of California.  We live and work on the ranch where we cultivate avocados and lemons, where I cook (and make loads of guacamole) for my family and friends, and where I design and create my jewelry line, Celia West.

Currently, animals outnumber the humans in our household, as we share our home with a spoiled Queen Puglet, Winnie, and two frisky little black rescue kitties, Waffles (yellow eyes and supremely regal) and Sushi (piercing baby greens and admittedly small and scruffy).  I cook for our not-so-tiny tribe of five as often as I can, and aim to keep all of my meals simple, fresh, interesting, and relatively healthy.  I believe in using only real ingredients (no fat-free or Splenda here folks), and that nothing is off limits and true moderation is key.  

Except when there is cheese involved.  Who can exercise moderation in the face of an expertly curated plateau de fromages? If you can, you’re a better human being than I. 

Over the past few years, this blog has evolved to be a cooking-slash-life diary of sorts; a way to catalogue and share my great triumphs and tragic disasters slight missteps in the kitchen, our travels, our unexpectedly frequent geographical moves, my life experiences, and any other little things I happen to find, and like.  I hope to have something to look back on for inspiration, self improvement, and general reflection.

I’m so glad you’re here! So let’s sit and eat.  Or chat.  Or both.  I’ll get the wine!

Above photo taken by the seriously amazing (and talented! and funny!) Sarah Deragon, owner and photographer extraordinaire at Portraits to the People here in San Francisco.


75 responses to “about

  1. Congratulations Cory!!!

  2. I think I’m going to ‘relish’ your blog Cory – kudos to Erin for letting us all know about it! Much love…

  3. Cory – Love your blog…when did you become so interested in cooking? Look forward to keeping up with you and your plans! Keep up the good work! Love, Deb

  4. Thank you all so much! It has been very fun for me to start & I am looking forward to posting some really fun things. Deb – when I moved to the city (and away from college food 24/7!) I really took a serious interest in it, but I have always had an interest in cooking, ingredients, and trying new things. It’s so nice to hear from you all!

  5. I Love the blog, so glad it’s up and public 🙂
    You know I love all your cooking, but I’m anxiously awaiting the Short Rib Recipe! Can’t wait to keep reading.

  6. Cory, I’m diggin the blog. I have also been cooking a lot since college. Glad to hear all is well!

  7. Hi there Cory – as your future Aunty (in-law?) what better way to get to know a little about you 🙂 So far, so good, congratulations x (By the way your brussell sprout photograph won me over straight away – one of my favourite veg and so often scorned because nobody knows how to cook them!)

  8. corymclaughlin

    Kell – I promise I have not forgotten the short rib payment I owe you. And thank you!
    Bryan – It’s o good to hear from you!! I hope all is well, its been a long time….Yes I guess considering all we ate was KD brunch and far too many burgers on gamedays….we have come a long way 🙂
    Alison – It’s so nice you are here! I am so excited to meet you! I am glad to hear you like brussels too….they are definitely too often overlooked! I’m really looking forward to meeting the rest of the family at the wedding…xox

  9. Cory, we really are enjoying these. Keep them coming.

  10. hi luke! thank you so much! i love that you and wendy are reading it. we somehow keep missing each other here it seems….we need to work on getting a night on in the calendar 🙂

  11. Cory! I am totally inspired! I absolutely lOVE your blog. I think you might need to quit your day job! We need to cook together sometime. Def. trying the chocolate tart ASAP.

  12. Cory @ eatandrelish.com

    margee – i am so late in replying but THANK YOU so much 🙂 We are way overdue for a cooking night….with plenty of vino, natch!! definitely try the tart – it is much easier than it looks & sounds! I will stalk you for a dinner date this week :o)

  13. Was w Mary and Mark tonight and they mentioned what you’re doing and I’m awful impressed Cory, rather well done

  14. Cory @ eatandrelish.com

    hi joe! that is so nice of you to say! thank you so much for stopping in & taking the time to say something so nice 🙂 its very much appreciated! im looking forward to hanging out this summer!

  15. Kay Swaysland

    Hi Cory, Congratulations to you and James. How beautiful you put together your editorial ,your love of food has shown just that. All we need now, is some New Zealand delicacies to really make you father inlaw to be (Bruce) homesick. A Hangi and some Paua ask him about that Cory. Love Cousin Kay xx

  16. Cory @ eatandrelish.com

    hi kay! it is so nice to hear from you – thank you so much for stopping in! as for the NZ fare, i have heard allll about them – there was even a hangi threatened for the rehearsal dinner! im so looking forward to meeting you 🙂 xo

  17. Congratulations!! Colorado is a great state and I’m sure you’ll find enchanting.

  18. Cory, hey there! I live in Birmingham, AL and I met you sister, Kelly, over the weekend. We got to talking about food and blogs and such, and she told me about you were a foodie too! {Think my heart skipped a beat!} I’m looking forward to following along and learning more about you. Just wanted to say hi and nice to “meet” you! Stop by and say hi if you get a chance. 🙂
    See ya!

  19. Hi Cory, love your blog, but the typeface you’re using is so difficult to read it’s making my eyes hurt, so I’m afraid I won’t be following – really truly sorry, but it’s like trying to read the bottom line of an optometrist’s eye chart without glasses!

  20. Awesome photography, Cory! Your pictures are beautiful. And your pugs are too adorable! (Sorry to hear you lost Lily Bean.) I visited the mountains of South Korea 2 weeks ago and that was my first time in the mountains! I loved them! Now everyone tells me I MUST go to Colorado. I can see why!

  21. This blog is awesome! Congrats!

  22. Sounds like you have alot of interests and passion for things. Congrats on the fresh press 🙂

  23. Cory,
    My husband stumbled onto your blog about Positano and shared it with me. We honeymooned there last summer and found it to be a magical place. I just started a cooking blog in January. Yours is giving me such inspiration to step up the look of mine! It is a joy to read your posts!

    • hi kristin! wow it is so amazing to hear that, and THAT is one of the reasons i LOVE to blog! i meet so many people who’s paths i *almost* crossed, and love hearing from you more than anything. i absolutely loved it there….and though i am not necessarily a ‘travel’ blog, plan to blog about all of our upcoming travel experiences in depth! thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for the wonderful comment 🙂

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  25. I’m not sure how but I managed to stumble onto your blog and absolutely love it! I’m going to be following for sure!

  26. Hello! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Here’s the link for the details: http://fortheloveoffeeding.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/cake-with-feta-olives-walnuts-an-award/#

  27. I’m glad I found your blog, I love reading about other people’s cooking adventures, especially in Colorado. Funny fact, when my Mom had me, she named me Cory, but later changed it to Rory (I was raised in New England – I think it was part Kennedy fascination).

  28. great blog! i’m now following 🙂 congrats on freshly pressed! woot woot!

  29. Lots in common- Colorado (lived in Durango for 10 years, now in Park City), getting married this fall, dog love…So glad to find your blog. (Adventures of a Dog Mom nominated us both for a little award.)
    Stop by theusualbliss.com sometime!

  30. Great blog and fantastic photos. So very glad I found you. PS I nominated you for the Liebster Blog award: http://operationrenegade.com/2012/07/12/peoplelikeme/

  31. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I am ever impressed with what you do in the kitchen and life in Boulder. We’re beginning to be inspired to move back to Denver someday!

  32. Great blog! Just haaad to say, that I also have one of those cute wooden fishes shown in the background of one of your pictures above! Must be a New England thing- I got mine on Nantucket 🙂

  33. hey Cory, Roxy here… Dom and I miss u Terribly!!

  34. Beautiful blog, Cory! I suggest you fix the spelling from cum to come 🙂

  35. Great site, Cory. I love the pics. I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award if you’re interesting in participating too. Info, rules and my own entry from my nomination are here:

    Oh, and Pugs rule! I have a friend that has two of them, and I have a Puggle. Soon…two Puggles!

  36. Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for Blog of the Year Award 2012. I hope you will receive your star and participate in this exciting blog award. For details about participation and receiving your badge icon, please see this post:

  37. hello!
    i’ve nominated you for the “very inspiring blogger award”. you can read all about it here – and keep up the great blog!

  38. Beautiful and inspiring blog, Cory!
    I definitely use your recipe to surprise my lovely man!


  39. Just found your blog- love it! Hilarious that you call your pug a “puglet” hahaha.

  40. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’m glad I did. I’m a NYC native who left Brooklyn 19-months ago and settled in Denver. Though I’m 40 minutes away from Boulder, I get up there quite a bit– and I love Cafe Aion. Good luck in SF. I spent a year working there– when I was right out of college and Jamba Juice was just a little company (I worked in their finance department)- and it was a blast! Enjoy what comes next 🙂

    • hi batya! thank you so very much! i am very glad you found me as well 🙂 thats too funny that we have such similar geographical track records! i didn’t spend too much time in denver, but if you have a chance, and you haven’t already, you should check out a restaurant called the squeaky bean – it is to die for. thanks for taking the time to say hello!

  41. I just found your blog and I have to say it’s wonderful! I’ve been skimming your posts for the better part of the afternoon 🙂

  42. Just found your site – love your story! Hope we can partner up some time!

  43. Just stumbled across your blog – love it. Welcome to the Bay and hoping we can partner up some time!

  44. Hi Cory, I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog, and will be happily following you now. xx

  45. Hi Cory, I just wanted to say hello and tell you that you have a great site going here. Like you I am a “Foodie” and have been one for well over 30 years. I’ve been in the food business (a butcher/fish monger) since I was 13 years old and I work for Natural food store in the Southern California area. I will be a loyal follower of Eat & Relish, love the site and our pictures.

    Tim @ http://whatsonmygrill.com

    • hi tim! thank you so much for your note….where in socal are you exactly? we are just in the process of moving south (santa barbara), and i would love any recommendations for great local markets. ive managed to find my share already, but i love to hear about new places & people! happy new year!

  46. Hi Cory, I live in Thousand Oaks (60 miles south of Santa Barbara). There is a Whole Foods Market in SB on upper State Street. Not sure where you’re looking to move to, but there is also a Lazy Acres market too that is closer to central SB.

  47. I love your blog. We just started ours (threescooking.com) and I plan on listing some other inspirational blogs. Yours will be on the list. Our household contains two pugs, fawn girls who are both rescue dogs, so it’s even better that you are a Pug Person.

  48. Lovely blog cory and love all the pictures esp your picture :).

  49. Lucky me that I stumbled upon your blog! What a great place with fun and interesting posts. I cannot wait to read more from you! I just started a blog on healthy and happy living. I am so inspired by your own blog and journey. Check me out at http://www.bloomandspark.wordpress/com

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