The Musical Ingredient began as a place to share my music and food explorations. Long before the blog began, I’d sit at work and daydream about what I was going to cook that night, making sure to think of a music pairing that would complete the vibe. I’d come home, rush to get it going, and when I’d strike the right matches, joy would flow out from my pores. I wanted to be able to share that with others.
It didn’t take long to find a trend in the pairings that made me the happiest. Each good pairing created a window into a nostalgic fragment of my past.
It’s relevant to know that I grew up as what has come to be known as a “third-culture-kid” (think army brats and the like). We grew up moving around internationally because of our parent’s jobs, and so we partially identify with many cultures. As you can imagine, it gets confusing.
The blog exists as a single frame, drawn around those varied experiences. The food and music are a direct medium to help me relive those cultural and personal memories and to magnetize them toward one central identity.
I hope that by walking you through a story and allowing you to taste and hear the time and place, you can go there with me. I’d like for us all to go places with you too. I invite you to share your memories with me along with your own food and music selections. I will publish what I can here on The Musical Ingredient.
In addition to writing for this blog, I also write about regional Hudson Valley food, culture, and lifestyle for Hudson Valley Magazine.