July 13, 2010
Who’s driving this car, anyway?
I’m Nishta Mehra and I make the food. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee as the first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants, so I’m equal parts Southern belle & good Punjabi girl. My day job, which I love, is middle-school English teacher. I’m also a writer; my collection of essays, The Pomegranate King, is now available.
In 2010, the Houston Press called me one of Houston’s Top Ten Blog Stars; in 2011, the Houston Web Awards named Blue Jean Gourmet the city’s Best Food Blog. I’ve twice been nominated for a Houston Culinary Award for Best Food Blog (in 2010 & 2013). I am the coordinator of Valentines for Soldiers-Houston, an annual community and fundraising event benefiting members of the U.S. Military. If you’d like, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Pinterest.
My partner, Jill Carroll, is a public intellectual who speaks internationally on topics of world religion, religious tolerance, & religion and public life. She’s also this blog’s photographer (as of August 2011), grill master, & food stylist. She also does an obscene number of dishes; I’m a lucky woman. In July of 2012, Jill & I became proud parents to a baby boy, Shiv.
Sonya Cuellar was Blue Jean Gourmet’s exclusive photographer from its inception in May 2009 until August 2011; all pictures from all posts during that period should be credited to her, unless otherwise noted. She is a dear friend and talented freelance photographer and painter in and around Houston.
What do we do around here?
We post recipes, stories, & photographs once a week. Someone once told me, “Your blog posts seem to be about food, but they’re really about life.” I think he was probably right.
How to keep up with us?
Questions or suggestions?
Email: bluejeangourmet (at) gmail (dot) com
Photo content © 2009-2011 Sonya Cuellar & all other content © 2009-2012 Nishta Mehra, unless otherwise noted.