A Different Sort of Book Club

A Different Sort of Book Club

How to “cook the book” — fiction plus delicious food!

Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

When large companies take over our food and create long, complicated supply chains between the source and our table, we lose our sense of place.

Perhaps the World Ends Here

Perhaps the World Ends Here

A poem by Joy Harjo, the United States’ 23rd poet laureate — and the first Native American to receive the honor.

Returning to the kitchen

Returning to the kitchen

After my mom died in 2013, I lost my enthusiasm for cooking. Food didn’t taste very good and I didn’t have the stamina for it.

My sous chef

My sous chef

This site is dedicated to my mom, M. Herminia Avila, my constant companion in the kitchen. Even now. Thank you. February 14, 1938 — February 5, 2013  

I miss cooking

I miss cooking

It is an understatement to say this year, particularly this summer, has been stressful. My life has been turned on its head with family illness and virtually everything has taken a back seat to dealing with that. I have had to cancel dinner gatherings, including…

Julia Child’s 100th birthday

Julia Child’s 100th birthday

August 15 will mark the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth. I did not appreciate Julia until I read her autobiography, which chronicled the painstaking process she took in developing and testing recipes for The Art of French Cooking. She wanted to ensure the recipes…

Long time

Long time

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here, and we apologize. Our sous chef (aka, “mom”) has been struggling with her health so we haven’t done much cooking. This Easter was the first time that I made Portuguese sweet bread entirely on my own. Although…

Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving Menu

It’s been a while since I’ve written–too busy with the daily work. Here’s our menu this Thanksgiving. Recipes to come when I can confirm success: Gougeres with smoked salmon Winter salad with persimmons and cranberries Heritage breed turkey two ways: Black truffle roasted breast, braised…