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A Italia!

“You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.”                                     Giuseppe Verdi Andiamo!  Let’s go…and we can, if only in our imagination. SO…here’s what has unfolded these last few weeks for me along Italian lines… 🇮🇹 Yet another failed attempt at making my own edible, […]

“Are We There Yet?”

Here on our little hill, our garden continues to provide. As our vegetables and fruits come into fruition, I am enjoying using them in old and new ways—salads, steamed corn on the cob (!), plum ice cream, applesauce, lots of basil pesto, my first-ever gazpacho, […]

Home, Sweet Home

Last week, we and thousands of other Californians were asked to evacuate our home because of approaching fires. We found safe shelter and then experienced five days of disbelief, disorientation, wondering, hoping. And then we got the word that we could return home. How lucky […]

Women Moving Forward…

Quite a time in women’s history…Kamala Harris has just been named Biden’s vice presidential candidate and August 18 celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the official ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote*.  Wow! Probably no coincidence that three of the […]

“Vegging Out”

  Hi again and welcome back to “Bring Joy to the Table.” This summer John and I are enjoying and thankful for the comfort and pleasures of home. We are “vegging out” by harvesting our first tomatoes, eating Peter Pan squash, and looking forward to […]

Happy 100!

This post marks the hundredth post of “Bring Joy to the Table.”  Woo-hoo! I have loved doing these entries and have learned so much through them.  And I have loved connecting with you, my joy community;  thank you for joining me. Now, for a little […]

When a Little Goes a Long Way

This week I needed some “uppers.” Natural ones, of course! And I found them in little things along the way… Like… *savoring my first cup of coffee, with my homemade Low Fat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, a David Lebovitz recipe *being greeted by our bright […]

Garden Gifts

“To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.”                                                         […]

Let’s Hear It for Pasta!

Pasta is one of my comfort foods, so I decided to make some this week.  Oh, my.  Good thing John and I have a sense of humor. I started with a recipe I found in Heirloom Kitchens by Anna Francese Gass, a cookbook of classic recipes […]

Back to Basics

   “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces. Just good food with fresh ingredients.”–Julia Child             I cooked a lot this week–it felt good and centering. One meal in particular came together in a wonderful serendipitous way. It all […]

Musings Over Coffee

Here I sit with my morning coffee, thinking. Thinking about all that is going on in the world, feeling stunned and sad. As I learn about the protests and continue to hear about the pandemic… *I am moved by people speaking out for justice, equality, […]

Overheard in the Garden

  Today one golden blossom popped into fullness announcing “New life will follow”   I hope it’s true

Along the Way

  This week with all the news and realities of “re-opening, ” I felt a mix of emotions. As we leave the known shelter of “shelter in place” and experience this uncertain next phase, I wonder, “How will it go? What new decisions will we […]

Connecting the Dots…

A little while ago, we happened onto a bit of happy news. It was an interview with San Francisco illustrator Wendy MacNaughton. She was talking about her #draw together project–free drawing lessons for children who are sheltering and educating at home. She presents these live […]

Mamma Mia!

This Mother’s Day weekend, I want to honor my mother in a very simple way–by sharing one of her risotto recipes. I had planned to make the risotto on Mother’s Day, but I just couldn’t wait. So Thursday night, I prepared it and it was as […]