A fond farewell from your ‘friendly neighborhood writer, ma’am’

A fond farewell.

A grateful goodbye.

A sentimental sayonara, maybe?

Can you tell? I have a “thing” for alliteration — and I have a big, goofy place in my heart for words in general.

My name is Elisabeth Lewin, and although you (probably) don’t know me, you’ve (probably) seen my name at the bottom of lots of recipes and blog posts on AllSpiceOnline, since shortly after AllSpice opened in back in 2010.

I wrote the product descriptions for the online store / catalog (can you imagine – being “assigned” over 350 tiny “term papers,” each about a different, delicious ingredient? That’s been the best school or professional assignment I’ve ever undertaken).

I also wrote lots of blog posts on the site, about everything from menu suggestions for Talk Like a Pirate Day to a new story every year for the SuperBowl (who can forget the terrible Velveeta shortage surrounding SuperBowl XLVIII?). I’ve found connections between James Joyce’s Ulysses and St. Patrick’s Day, and between a Blueberry Cake  and Robert Frost’s poetry.  And, when it was time to talk about making homemade corned beef, there was that (true!) story of the corned beef sandwich smuggled on a Gemini space mission…. along with a couple hundred other (strange-but-true) stories on this site.  (Can you tell, this has been a lot of fun?)

And, last but definitely not least,  I’ve written a SpicyBytes newsletter, every single week, since August 2011. Thanks to the mathematical powers of Google, that works out to be 430 newsletter issues all together, including this last week of mine.

It’s been a good, long run, these past eight+ years, and I’ve had the best time, keeping AllSpice fans up on latest news from the shop, sharing winning recipes from AllSpice customers at the Iowa State Fair, and (I hope) sharing something funny or weird or helpful about food, and cooking, and movies and literature and entertaining and and and … that you didn’t know before.

I’ve loved being the anonymous “voice” of AllSpice, and sharing my obsession with words, preoccupation with trivia and bad jokes, enjoyment of cooking, and (of course!) love of eating and entertaing, with all of you.

And now, just as I’ve stepped out from behind the keyboard and introduced myself, it’s already time to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. But don’t fret: the AllSpice catalog, blog, and newsletter are going to be in very good hands.

AllSpice staffers are doing weekly stories on the AllSpice blog (and Instagram and Facebook), with spotlights on spices, and “Spicy Thymes” essays on issues both seasonal and practical.

And the AllSpice crew are also sharing their favorite recipes and helpful kitchen hints.

And starting with Thanksgiving week, AllSpice co-owner Andy is taking over the weekly SpicyBytes newsletter.  If you know Andy in real life, you’ll remember that he’s smart as a whip, and wickedly funny to boot! The published “voice” of AllSpice may have a different accent (or even several different accents!) than before, but I know you’re going to love the stories they tell!

You can still find me online, where I write about all kinds of things (not just food!). And I’ll definitely be seeing you down at AllSpice, on one of my regular visits to stock up on all my favorite ingredients.