A HELPFUL LINK FOR TEACHING KIDS TO COOK

Yesterday was a school holiday. I was trying to think of a fun way to spend the day with two of my favorite tweeners when I found a free online kids baking class at mybluprint.com (an online community for inspiration and expert instruction for many crafts, including home cooking). Mybluprint enabled me to spend a fun … Continue reading A HELPFUL LINK FOR TEACHING KIDS TO COOK

TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

The question I am most often asked about my weekly community dinners is "What do you cook???" My answer is always, "The same things that I cook for my family.  I just make more." One of the biggest hurdles for people to overcome when considering opening their home to invite someone over for dinner is … Continue reading TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

THREE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE AT A COOKING CLASS

I’ve reached the point in my vocational journey where my passion for cooking surpasses my culinary abilities. Last summer I seriously researched going to culinary school.  But this pursuit does not fit into our resources of time or money. However, I have been able to take several cooking classes at Sur La Table.  It's not … Continue reading THREE THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE AT A COOKING CLASS

DISCOVERING WHAT HOSPITALITY IS – AND IS NOT – ABOUT

I circled nervously around our tiny apartment kitchen desperately wanting - needing - everything to be absolutely perfect. I was a recently wed, twenty-three year old woman.  And my big sister and her husband were coming over for dinner. I carefully chose a recipe that I knew they would enjoy.  And I went to work … Continue reading DISCOVERING WHAT HOSPITALITY IS – AND IS NOT – ABOUT

MY FOOD FAIL

Real life is messy.  Despite our education, experience, skills, abilities, and altruistic desires - there is no foolproof method to avoid unexpected disasters.  We cannot learn, grow, mature, or prepare enough to leave failure behind forever. It's ironic that Monday afternoon I posted about the significance of food and cooking in my home, and that … Continue reading MY FOOD FAIL