Our Story

by Mary & Christina on December 1, 2014 · 0 comments

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Welcome to Sisters Running the Kitchen, as some of you knew it before, but now with a new association with our growing business, The Wood Spoon.  We are the same sisters (Mary & Christina) joined by our oldest sister, Danielle.  The three of us established The Wood Spoon over the past year after a challenge from our father who called us out on talking again and again about selling our favorite Mom-Mom Mary’s rice pudding, but never going through with it.  As we sat at the dinner table that night, we began to sketch out ideas.  We were prepared to take on the challenge with the mindset that we ideally would find some success, but in the worst-case scenario, we would learn about the workings of business.  It has been an exciting journey, despite occasional sisterly disagreements, but resulting in a high quality final product.


The true story behind our business starts well before us.  As our product name suggests, The Wood Spoon is Mom-Mom Mary’s rice pudding.  Mom-Mom Mary is our grandmother on our father’s side, the youngest of five children, mother of four and a devoted wife to our grandfather, Arthur.  Sadly, she is no longer with us as some of our readers may recall from a prior post.  As her grandchildren, she inspired us with her sense of faith, love for her family, courage, honesty, respect, and a keen appreciation for hard work.  Of the three sisters, Mary (our grandmother’s namesake), paid particularly close attention when Mom-Mom made her “best” rice pudding.  By Mom-Mom’s side, Mary learned the recipe and perfected the details and the all-important feel to get it just right.  Mary was tasked with carrying on the family recipe, which, for us, has so many positive connotations and memories associated with it.  When Mom-Mom brought her rice pudding out at a family gathering, we all lined up to fill our bowls, and if you were lucky you’d get back in line and make it in time for seconds before we were scrapping the bottom of the dish.  So, yes, it tastes good…but as we started The Wood Spoon and spent weekends at farmers markets, we met people who have become our customers and repeatedly heard what rice pudding means to them and their families.  Many people grew up with a parent or grandparent cooking rice pudding, and they have an immediate connection with us.

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The picture below is Mom-mom Mary’s great grandchildren enjoying her rice pudding for the first time. As the holidays are upon us, we hope that family is at the center of our and your days.  Take a moment to think of your loved ones, and recognize the good memories and positive influences they have had on your life.  Pass that on to the younger generations in your family.  … and together enjoy the holidays!



Going forward although Sisters Running the Kitchen will be sticking to its roots, readers will see some changes in the content and style of the posts.  We will be still be sharing our recipes with readers in addition to topics pertaining to running, working out, healthy living, teaching and medicine. We hope you enjoy reading!

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by Mary & Christina on September 22, 2014 · 8 comments

Mary and I have decided to change up our blog.

Years ago Mary and I each had our own wordpress blogs- Food Fit & Fun and Mindful Living.  Then we came together and started writing Sisters Running the Kitchen together.  We have had so much fun blogging together over the years.  Going through all the old posts, race recaps, pictures, recipes etc. brings back such good memories.

However, as is the case for many, life has gotten extremely busy for us.  We both work full time and now are spending any free time we have on our new small business- The Wood Spoon (which we told you about in our last blog post).  Blogging was no longer “fun” for us and it became a bit stressful, almost a chore.

So we decided to “wipe it clean” and connect our blog with our new (coming soon) business’s website.  I am too attached to this blog to simply delete it.  I really do love blogging.  Since our new business is between my sisters and I and its food-related, we thought that we could connect our business website to this blog in some way. Our plan is to blog once a month… post something short…like a recipe, or a race recap, The Wood Spoon related topic, etc.

We just wanted to thank everyone who read our blog over the years and has connected with us.  See you soon!


~ Christina & Mary


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September 1, 2014

While Mary, Todd & friends were in Cape Cod, Reena spent some time in Hoboken with Riley and I. They are absolutely in love with one another…it is so cute to see them interact.  and when they have to leave each other, they both get sooooo upset.  Mary told me that when I brought Reena […]

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August 15, 2014

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I’m Gluten Intolerant

August 7, 2014

My sister recently sent me this article by Marc Vetri. It’s such a great article…perfectly articulates the whole gluten-free phenomenon and how people on this diet are misinformed. Everywhere you turn, people are going Gluten-Free when in fact only 1% of the population are actually diagnosed as having Celiac diease.  Seems like a lot of […]

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dessert problems.

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Lemon Blueberry Bars

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just a few words

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75 miles and I am going to Italy.

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summer produce & happy birthday to me

June 10, 2014

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Tequila in a Paper Bag Solves Everything

June 9, 2014

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Coffee Date with T

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Happy June!

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Monster Cookie Energy Bites

May 29, 2014

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[WIAW] & a Long Run 4 days early

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Pool Running

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Flywheel trumps SoulCycle

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May 16, 2014

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May 12, 2014

so I tried to post this on Friday but our comment section of our blog was down so I am posting it now.  Sorry about that! Anyways- I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day! I posted about our Mother’s Day below.  We made my momma dinner and panna cotta for dessert. yum yum […]

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