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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
—Michael Pollan

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
—Craig Claiborne

People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
—Michael Pollan

Four Things I learned in Cooking Class

Four Things I learned in Cooking Class

Last week I found myself back in high school, in a home ec classroom, complete with an eager-beaver teacher’s pet.  My friend and I took a Mediterranean Cooking Class through CVU’s ACCESS program.  It was both my first time attending an adult cooking class, as well as my first time taking an ACCESS course.  You […]

fresh blog posts

Join me In the Kitchen with Bronwyn, to continue the tradition of American kitchens. Through these blog posts we will do it with good food and good conversation. Let’s share our stories, inspire each other, and in the process, define together the food we love.

Gastronomy from Coast to Coast

Gastronomy from Coast to Coast

Travel with me from coast to coast, enjoying unique and tasty gastronomical experiences, everything from pirates to hipster tacos, from Burlington, VT, to Anaheim, CA, to Vancouver, WA, to Philadelphia, PA.

Meghan Markle moves the conversation on diversity with a celebration of food

Food has a wonderful way of bringing people together.  Despite the low-quality video, the clip shows a warming effort on behalf of the royal family to celebrate diversity through food. The video captures Duchess of Sussex and her mother in their launch of a charity cookbook, “Together: Our Community Cookbook,” to support the survivors o […]

Some things you only need to do once

Some things you only need to do once

I am a huge fan of new experiences – but some experiences only need to happen once.  I would hate to discourage anyone from trying the following, and perhaps after some memory-numbing years have passed me by, I will come back for another try.  But for now, I can mark the box done and move […]

Three uses for a bounty of apples

Three uses for a bounty of apples

I am RICH with apples.  The apple tree in our front yard is a prolific producer.  The landlords are pretty sure it’s a macintosh tree, but I’m not so sure. In an effort to take advantage of the bountiful harvest, I found three symbiotic recipes. Method 1- Dehydrate: My Jedi mind powers are very strong.  […]

Meet My Flock

Meet My Flock

I revel in the simply pleasures of being a duck-momma.  It’s amazing how quickly our six little ducklings grew into full-feathered birds; and their personalities grew up right with them!  If you’re a reader like I am, you’ll appreciate my inspiration. Meet the girls! Daenerys If you’ve read or watched Game of Thrones, you know […]


featured recipes

Moussaka

Moussaka

INGREDIENTS Moussaka 3-4 eggplants (more if they are small) 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove 1 lb ground beef or lamb Salt and pepper to taste Dash cayenne pepper (or jalepeño) 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or allspice) 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp allspice 1 tomato chopped 1 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp […]

I Love Early Fall...From My Head...To-ma-toes

I Love Early Fall…From My Head…To-ma-toes

I can’t quite place where my competitive nature comes from…I come from a family of educators, thespians, and mathematicians – none of which I associate with an attitude of “everything is a competition….and I always win” kind of attitude.  Well, regardless of where it came from, that’s me! As many gardeners are experiencing…it’s tomato season!  […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

An easy to prepare and crowd pleasing recipe for strawberry rhubarb salsa.


Author`s Corner

I’m a writer, myself, and so love to read what other food writers have to say. I hope you enjoy reading about cookbooks and books about food as much as I do!

MIndful Carnivore by Tovar Cerulli

The Mindful Carnivore

I first met Tovar Cerulli, a former vegetarian, when he was in the process of publishing his new book about his decision to hunt game rather than eat commercial meat. I was struck by the emphasis Tovar places on mindfulness, and on the consideration we need to have about everything we eat.


Simple Asian Meals

Simple Asian Meals

Who isn’t cooking Asian these days? I just had friends over for a dinner of our grass-fed beef short ribs only to be reminded at the last minute that one of them was a vegetarian. Out came my wok, frozen shrimp from my freezer, some snow peas, green onions, red peppers and a variety of soy, oyster and fish sauces, along with some cooking sherry. I improvised and my hungry friend seemed satisfied with the end result, a quasi-Chinese shrimp stir-fry. But, if I’d had Nina Simond’s book, Simple Asian Meals, I might have cooked a dish that would have made my short-rib eating friends jealous.


Spoon Fed Stories

Some of us, home cooks—and I include myself in this group—love food so much we find our lives structured and embellished by our food experiences. Spoon Fed Stories are our stories, the stories of family and friends. Think of this as the kitchen table where we share the fun and the adventures we’ve had with food.

The Venerable Shojin Ryori Cuisine of Japan by Hiroko Shimbo

The Venerable Shojin Ryori Cuisine of Japan by Hiroko Shimbo

Cookbook author and friend, Hiroshi Shimbo, writes about the special 7th century vegetarian cuisine still practiced today, Shojin Ryori, which I enjoyed on my visit to a Zen temple in Japan this spring.


From the Sea Cloud to the Cloud Nine of Dining

From the Sea Cloud to the Cloud Nine of Dining

Guest blogger Margo Davis returns with a story about her recent trip to one of the best places to eat in the world, San Sebastian, Spain. Enjoy her story of Michelin three-star restaurants and cultural icons!


Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner

Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner

by Margo Davis
Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones….


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a La Carte Videos

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