Around the World // Molly Yeh - Grand Forks, North Dakota

September 17, 2014

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do //

Hi! My name is Molly and I write the food blog my name is yeh. I grew up in Chicago, went to music school in New York, and then made my way to a farm that's right on the North Dakota/Minnesota border, where my fiancé is a fifth generation farmer. 

Where do you live and what part of it do you love most? //

My fiancé and I live on his family's farm that is right outside of Grand Forks, North Dakota - the coldest town in the lower 48 states. There are so many things I love about it including the long cozy winter!

The small community comprises of families that have known each other for generations, and people really value the concept of community and family time. Compared to my former homes in New York and Chicago, there is a lot less going on in the way of new exciting restaurants, concerts, parties, etc. and I've found that I'm even more motivated to be creative that way. I sometimes miss being able to go out for a casual Sunday morning bagel like I would in New York, but I think it'll be really fun to buckle down and figure out the best recipe for a homemade bagel!

Where are your local favourite hang outs? //

These days, with harvest under way, I like hanging out on the tractor at night with my fiancé as he plows and tills, and does whatever it is that tractors do. I also love our local bakery, which makes the most delicious peanut butter cookies, and a local bar called the Toasted Frog which makes an addictive fried cheesy pickle. We also have a great little coffee house called Urban Stampede, and about 40 miles away down a country road is this shack called the One N Only, which makes the most delicious ribs. 

Tell us a bit about 'My Name is Yeh'. How did it all start? //

Since the day I could write, I've always kept journals. I have stacks and stacks of them! Blogging has just been a natural extension of that. I started my name is yeh about five years ago and it's taken on many forms: it's been a lifestyle blog, a restaurant blog, a schnitzel blog, and now it's a recipe blog with some farm life sprinkled in it. I always say, it's a personal diary first, a food blog second, so if my blog morphs into some other kind of blog in the future, I won't be alarmed.

What does your cooking/creative space look like? //

For a while it was very very very 1960's grandma (this house was after all built for my fiancé's grandma in the 60s). There were dark hanging cabinets and yellow laminate flooring so it was pretty epic. We brightened things up by ripping out a lot of the cabinets and painting the remaining ones white. I made a little baking station complete with a cookie cutter drawer because I like having things in cute little stations, and then right across the room is my standing desk. I cook, photograph, and blog all from one sunny room and it makes things super easy. 

If you could only live with ONE food for the rest of your life, what would it be? //

Mac and cheese!

What do you like to do in your spare time? //

Sit on my couch and read wedding magazines and watch Say Yes to the Dress (and probably weep at the end when they show the brides coming down the aisle).

Where is your one happy place? //

Eating cake. Ok, with my fiancé, eating cake. After a good day of work.

What's your favourite day of the week? //

Friday, because every Friday we have pizza!

Name 3 people that constantly inspire you //

Ok this is more than three, but basically the entire blogging community (!!) and my fiancé.

If someone was travelling to your part of the world, name 3 places you would recommend them to visit //

First, my house and I would cook them dinner. Then, One N Only (and please invite me, we'll eat all the ribs). Annnd... our farm! 

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  1. I love Molly's blog!!! You've got some a-listers there on your series!

  2. Oh heck YEH! You keep getting awesomer and awesomer people with each of these posts. Loved reading this Molly and Nia!

  3. Molly is a girl after my own heart! That farm? Those cakes? eek, too much!