if you’re viewing this post in your inbox or on a feed reader, i invite you to scoot on over to my web space to see the briny’s new look! it feels like home: those beautiful tentacles make me want to cry briny tears of joy; the splatters of ink (octopus ink/pen ink) symbolize the rawness and vulnerability i find in sharing through writing. in terms of usability, i’ve upped my recipe index game and added some tools to make sharing recipes via social channels recipes easier, and i’ve upgraded my email service, so subscription emails look sharp and beautiful (enter your email address in the subscription box below this post to see for yourself!). so much about this freshened-up space resonates with me, and i hope it will with you, too.it’s been a busy time in our world lately. there are more projects than we can catch up on; we are bursting at the seams with ideas and wondering where to find the time to chase them. today i want to slow down and create space for reflection and quiet and for coziness and play. i’ve found comfort and inspiration in cooking from recipes over the past week — some from my own archives, and many more from | other | folks — but tonight i’m going to improvise a lentil soup with whatever speaks to me from our refrigerator’s crisper drawers. there’s such grounding and self-love in cooking from scratch – you’re constantly attuned to your own tastes and to all the sensations of lifting spoon to mouth. what’s your favorite thing to make (or enjoy) without a recipe? what else warms you these days?