Randi and Aravis are sisters.
Randi is slightly older, but Aravis is slightly taller. When they were kids, Randi was into Edgar Alan Poe, while Aravis was all about Robert Louis Stevenson. Randi ran before she walked, and Aravis would take little exploratory steps and then sit back down. Randi was a kitchen experimenter, making creations like “cornmeal mush” (something which Aravis — for whom the mush was intended — remembers as containing crushed saltines, chocolate chips, black pepper, and maple syrup). Aravis read every cookbook twice before starting at the simplest recipe and working her way up.
Now, Randi lives in Washington DC with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She still experiments in the kitchen, though her results are more palatable than the original cornmeal mush. Her family grows much of their own produce in a community garden plot, but she can’t quite keep her houseplants alive. Among other things, she’s a Pilates teacher and a staunch babywearing advocate.
Aravis lives in Brooklyn, NY with two hungry roommates. She has a lot of cookbooks, and more than one food magazine subscription, although she uses them more for inspiration than for the recipes. She’s an adequate crocheter, a rapidly improving knitter, a competent sewer, and a pretty good cook. She almost kept her stoop-side vegetable garden alive last summer, but all her houseplants are thriving.
Sometimes they make the same thing for dinner. Sometimes they buy the same shirt at different stores. Once they sent their dad the same birthday card. But they don’t usually agree on movies.
MUSH is their collaborative blog. They spend a lot of time texting, phone-calling and face-timing, discussing crafts, canning, and recipes. They thought: Why not share their ideas with other people?