Rachel Tayse Baillieul has transformed a small yard in Clintonville into a bona fide urban homestead, and she records lessons in gardening and cooking on her fantastic blog, Hounds in the Kitchen. She shared more about the adventure of simple living.

Rachel Tayse Baillieul has transformed a small yard in Clintonville into a bona fide urban homestead, and she records lessons in gardening and cooking on her fantastic blog, Hounds in the Kitchen. She shared more about the adventure of simple living.


I'm originally from Columbus. I grew up and met my husband on Glen Echo Drive, which is about a quarter-mile away. His family moved, my family moved, and we've moved together to other parts of the country. We're back here. I love Clintonville.

My mom had a small garden. She liked to cook a good bit. My youngest sister got diagnosed with diabetes when I was 13, and that kind of changed our whole family's attitude about food. To keep her healthy, my mom cooked a lot more from scratch.

With my blog, I hope to inspire people to cook, to consider what they're eating, to garden. I also teach classes. My regular classes have been for preschool-aged kids, then I've done some adult classes here and there.

One thing I love about gardening is that it necessitates being outside. You have these plants, and you have an obligation to take care of them.

Three things I can't live without are wool clothing, my bicycle and the outdoors.

I have a curiosity that makes we want to try to make things. My decisions aren't largely to save the world, to save the earth or even to save money. It's just because I want to know if I can.

Sometimes it turns out that things are pretty simple.

There's a curiosity about gardening, once you realize all the varieties out there. Can I grow this? Can I grow that? What will that taste like? We don't need to have four varieties of potatoes, but why not?

We also raise chickens. It's simpler than we thought. They're really not smart, but they fairly well take care of themselves. They're funny-looking, and they're curious. We call it Chicken TV. My daughter will sit here and just watch for hours.

My perfect Saturday night is restaurant-hopping - an appetizer here or a dessert there kind of thing. Spending some time at Studio 35 is always fun.

My perfect Sunday afternoon is cooking and feeding people. Even though we're just a family of three, I love to cook for people. Or canning. I find great pleasure in canning.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.