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Meredith Phillips lives in a breezy, rambling, porch-intensive house in the Hudson Valley with a cyprus tree, 5 birches, two Japanese maples, a maple without a modifier, and a fig tree.


Those are not her family, those are the trees in the yard.

While I am establishing the setting, I’ll also say that there are also lots of stumps which are either too heavy or too pricey to remove, and way more dandelions than I would have imagined possible.

I think of this place as imperfect perfection.

Which is a good transition to the characters: the kids are 6 and 9, blond and brunette, introvert and extrovert, curly and straight, really good at the marshmallow test and  . . . wait, are there any more?

Their father figure impresses us all by working full time for public radio—which is what I would have requested from central casting, had I thought of it—when he is not taking out the trash, passing out daddy hugs, or finishing his book.

But the dog is what I’m really here to brag about, you’ll see. He cuts a gentlemanly figure but don’t let looks fool you.

And I’m just here trying to appreciate our details and parse it all.








I’m the one without owl pajamas.

Brooklynite Meredith Phillips writes long blog posts and small books. She teaches and offers editorial consulting services. She stewards the lives of a small spirited child, Henry, and a large ornery cat, Kitty. Her husband, Matthew, proves time and again that he is not stewardable.

Hmm, let’s switch to first person.

I could not care less about lunch—lunch makes me somewhat angry, in truth—but I attempt lots of delicious, dilettantish gourmand dinners, with a greater focus on ease and cultural history than on prudery or perfection.

This isn’t entirely a cooking blog, though. For a while, when the only things getting eaten around here were Mentos, out of which I built my first baby’s skull, it was a pregnancy blog.

Now there are two babies, and there are elements of family and parenting on the blog.

It has also been a platform to try to raise awareness about ALS, or at least a place to try to work through thoughts and feelings about my sister’s battle with the disease.

If you like (or take violent exception to!) something you read here, please leave a comment! If you woud like to contact me about taking a writing class or other editorial services, email me at churchchomp [at] gmail [dot] com.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2010 7:44 pm

    Hi Meredith! I love the picture of you and your baby. Very cut e! I also love reading your blog.Julia always said you were very funny. I hope you are well and happy.

  2. Eric permalink
    March 11, 2010 3:59 pm

    I feel bad about not making a bigger deal about dinners. Can we still hang out? I promise to show more passion for grub. I don’t want to be your ‘eats to live’ friend.

    High-five, Haps!

  3. July 17, 2010 8:13 am

    use any “nice” prefix before @ and it will get to me. Seriously, with more research today, I hope your sister’s disease is at least arrested, if not cured!

  4. rebeany permalink
    September 27, 2010 6:55 pm

    i just read through the last 10 posts…nice blog! i am enjoying reading it. enjoy your mansion life. bean (also…from brooklyn)

  5. November 12, 2010 11:03 pm

    I was deeply touched by your love and words for Beth as well as your reflections.
    I believe it will be the reflections of memories that will bring comfort. And, I am very sorry for your loss and for many of us who also share and have shared the tortuous ripples when disease enters our family door.

  6. JennyB permalink
    December 7, 2010 2:22 pm

    Why can’t I live in NYC anymore? There’s nothing on LBI except scallops and fluke. I want that prime rib Eataly sandwich and I want it now.

  7. March 21, 2011 12:32 pm

    Really delighted to come across your pages nice to meet you…Eliza Keating

  8. Harriet Barry permalink
    March 30, 2012 7:28 pm

    I would love to have a private email address for you to respond to your pregnancy experience.

    Harriet, LCCE, FACC, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor

  9. Karen Wideman permalink
    September 17, 2012 2:05 pm

    I have a heavy heart today as my sister in law, 43, and has 4 children is meeting with the ALS team and her husband at MacMaster University Hospital in Hamilton, ON to decide what is best for her care now that she needs more care in her 3.5 year battle with ALS. (She is now paralyzed from the neck down, has a feeding tube and Bipap machine. Has the computer for communication….) Thank you so much for your postings/ your blogs. It will be a part of the journey for me and my family to take you along with these writings in our grief process. As it started the moment she was diagnosed!


    Karen Wideman
    Udora, ON

    • September 17, 2012 2:25 pm

      Hello Karen,
      I tried to send an email to your listed address but it was returned. In short, I am so sorry to hear about your sister in law. Our situations seem to have a lot of parallels. If you send me your email address, I’ll write you more extensively. Meredith

  10. wallflower3000 permalink
    October 7, 2012 3:17 pm

    Time for some fresh words about the author! (…and the other pair of jammies you’re not wearing!)

  11. wallflower3000 permalink
    October 7, 2012 3:18 pm

    …actually I just saw the ‘other’ part. Sorry if I made you feel like a slacker! : )

  12. Elise permalink
    February 12, 2013 10:08 am

    As I sit here cutting out another pink heart, I’m reminded of your awesome valentines post last year. Thankfully I’m reassured that by first grade, a valentines exchange is no longer on the menu. Only 22 cards each for my pre-schoolers . . .

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