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About Me & The SAGAS

 
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Hi, I'm Alexa! I am the voice behind this blog, The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but I dreamt of the beach. So naturally, I decided to go to college in Spokane, Washington, where it's cloudy a billion months out of the year and there are no beaches (the autumn and spring seasons are killer beautiful, though! Pumpkin patches in the fall + cherry blossoms in the spring = one happy me). I recently graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing Concentration, and have relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, in pursuit of my beloved beach lifestyle and a thriving foodie community.

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, because food is my favorite to make, decorate, photograph, and eat. As a writer who loves cooking and baking (or a baker who loves writing, it's really kind of a chicken-or-egg scenario here), creating a food blog seemed like a natural step to take. Especially since, as a writer, my passion is storytelling--and recipes provide such an excellent outlet for sharing and creating stories. To me, recipes are stories about food, where it's from, and the people who make it. 

 

The name of this blog came from my belief in the power of recipes to tell stories--epic stories, stories of history and humanity and love. And what are a series of epic stories, all compiled together? Sagas. 

Basil and cinnamon are my two favorite herbs/spices in the world. Not only do they taste amazing and smell like heaven, but they bring to mind incredible memories and experiences: my personal history, my own story. The unique tang of basil resonates with spring and summer freshness, while the spice of cinnamon brings to mind cozy blankets and warm, steaming mugs of autumn and winter deliciousness. Basil and cinnamon are versatile spices that can be used in both cooking and baking, and similarly, this blog features recipes of all types. These spices have traversed the globe and appear in recipes throughout the world, bridging, sharing, and connecting cultures and experiences. I only hope that I can do the same whenever and where ever I travel.

Welcome to The Basil & Cinnamon Sagas--let's get cooking!

xoxo Alexa

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A list of fun facts about your host (that's me):

  • The greatest foods in the world are as follows: pasta, chocolate cake, yellow bell peppers, chocolate chip cookies, pomegranates, and strawberries.
  • Coastal North Carolina is where my heart resides.
  • I am addicted to books. Current favorites: Harry Potter (duh and always), The Bear and the Nightengale, The Ember Quartet, The Book Thief, and Molly on the Range (cookbooks are fun to read, too!).
  • On a related note, Barnes & Noble is a vortex where I disappear for hours, except it feels like minutes. 
  • HGTV's Fixer Upper with Chip and Jo is the background music to my life.
  • I like milk, but milk doesn't like me. I use lactose-free substitutes for lots of my recipes--so fellow lactose intolerant folks, rejoice!
  • Tiffany blue is the color of my soul.
  • I have a not-so-secret desire to be on Dancing With the Stars. That's probably the only reason I'd ever want to be famous.
  • Dogs, horses, and sea turtles are the best animals. But all others come in as a close second.
  • I cannot use flour without making an absolute mess of everything in the world. Same for cocoa and powdered sugar. So basically if I'm baking, prepare for a powdered apocalypse.