Hey everybody!  My name is Sara and I love to cook and bake.  I started keeping a food blog while I was studying at Oberlin Conservatory.  I started my first food blog with my friend, Summer, who was also a Conservatory major.  Our blog was called “Music is the Food of Love,” and it was all about writing down recipes that were somehow related to music.  It was a fun idea, but I wanted to branch out on my own, so in 2011 I came up with the name Brahms and Cupcakes and started my own blog.

Brahms and Cupcakes started as a way to find my way after graduating from Oberlin, through the meals I would cook.  I called it “A food blog about life after college.”  A year later, with a serious boyfriend, and a beautiful home…yeah, I’d say life’s pretty good, and the wonderful things I’ve made in the kitchen have definitely gotten me through a lot.




classical sara

fiddle sara

I’m a violinist, first and foremost.  I’ve been playing for about 15 years, give or take, and I mainly play classical violin.  I went to Oberlin Conservatory for my undergraduate degree, and while there I experimented with bluegrass music.  I played in a band called The Black River Belles, and we went on tour along with playing shows around the Oberlin-Cleveland area.  It was a lot of fun!!  Lots of whisky.

Four days before graduation, I sprained my ankle horribly and tore three ligaments.  This changed ALL of my plans after graduating.  I didn’t want to go straight on to grad school, so I thought I was going to move to Nashville, TN, to try and make it as a studio player or join a big-time band up there.  Because my ankle took almost 4 months to completely heal, I decided to work in Champaign, IL and live in my parents’ condo up there.

The plan was to live there for 5-7 months, earn some money, and move to Nashville.  I was set to do all that….and then I met Charlie.  He changed my life forever.

charlie and sara


This is Charlie!  He asked me on our first date on October 19, 2011, the day after my birthday.  We knew each other a long time ago, because our families were friends back when I used to live in Champaign-Urbana.  It was such an instant connection that I knew we’d be together for a long time.  He is the love of my life, and every day, I am so thankful that I get to spend all of my days at home with the world’s most amazing man.

So now, I have a beautiful home, wonderful boyfriend, and a cute little kitty (Kikkoman) to make delicious things for!  I’m hoping that next year I will get into the grad school of my choice, but for now all I can do is practice and await the auditions next year.

Hope you guys enjoy all the recipes, and look forward to getting to know all of you!

xoxo, Sara



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  1. I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

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