Love is Where You Find It

by Janice on February 14, 2014

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that whether you are bundled up against the Northwest snow, swimming in the ocean to ward off the heat in Australia, or simply doing a rain dance in California, you are having a wonderful day filled with love.

Physically, my heart is doing so much better that I can’t even believe it. Miracles do happen, even if they involve too many doctors, tests, medicines, and the love, light, and prayers from a whole bunch of friends scattered all over the world.

This past year and a half especially, my heart has ached deeply with the missing of my friends. I’ve wished to actually hear their voices and laughter, to see their smiles, to hug their children, pet their animals, to know what they’re eating for breakfast, in person. I’ve wanted to bring them something I’ve baked to thank them for their support through life’s challenges. Life hasn’t complied with my desire very often. But I am so very grateful to keep in touch via email, Facebook, Skype, Instagram, this blog, and all the other ways we do connect.

So thank you, my dear friends. Whether you live within driving distance or on the other side of the earth, know that on this Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking of you and sending so much love from the bottom of my healing heart to you and your families.

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A California Happy New Year!

by Janice on January 1, 2014

In 2014, I wish for you:

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Smooth waters

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Peaceful endings to each day

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Interesting paths

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Startling simplicity

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Delight in the unexpected

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Balance

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Flow

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Love, in all forms

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Occasional indulgence

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And vibrant health

Here’s to a superb 2014!

(All photos taken by me, and may only be used with permission.)

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Delfina Restaurant Celebrates

December 31, 2013

A San Francisco favorite, Delfina, honors 15 years of hard work and success with a video the restaurant commissioned. It’s beautiful and shows the incredible amount of work that goes in to running a restaurant. Watching it, you get a quick glimpse of the Mission neighborhood at dawn as well. The video really showcases the […]

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Memories Triggered: Pumpkin Bread

December 17, 2013

Do you have strong food-related memories? I have a few, especially around the holidays, and I’m guessing you do too. This particular memory happens to be about deeply spiced pumpkin bread and my brother. My brother was an amazing father to his children, and a loving husband to his wife. His life ended suddenly on […]

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Butternut Squash Soup

November 8, 2013

I don’t know about you, but as soon as there’s a chill in the air, I want soup. Hot soup. Soup that can be cradled in a bowl or mug and warm my hands while I eat. Of course, living in California, this means I want hot soup any time the temperature dips below 50 […]

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This is Why I Cook

November 5, 2013

Listening to Morning Edition on NPR this morning, I heard this and thought it was profound. Bread baking, listening to onions sizzle, mincing garlic – it all has a connection to something deeper for me. Enjoy, if you are so inclined. Roy Choi, discussing an excerpt from his new book, L.A. Son: My Life, My […]

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Suburbia

September 26, 2013

Our neighbor is missing. I know this because last week I was working from home, sitting at my computer, when the postman knocked and made my dogs go crazy barking and jumping like an axe-murderer was trying to break in. This is what they do when they see our soft-spoken mailman. Every time. When I […]

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#Whining

September 19, 2013

  I am eating soup right now. I’m sure you’re thrilled. Turkey noodle soup, with noodles made from spaghetti squash. I tried spaghetti squash a long time ago, and hated it. But now that I’m eating Paleo-ish*, spaghetti squash tastes like sugar, yet looks like noodles. And it helps my soup seem not-so-empty. Why the […]

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In A Pickle

August 19, 2013

I make these bread and butter pickles every single year for my family. But do I tell you about them? Nope. Never. This year I remembered that some of you actually like it when I share what I’m making. You like to know what my family eats and enjoys. You know, food blogger-style. Sometimes I’m […]

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Ashland, Oregon

August 12, 2013

You know how you can dream of doing something for years before the opportunity actually presents itself? And when you finally do it, whatever it is, you’re a little disappointed, because your fantasies about how it would be were so much better than the gritty reality? Well, Ashland isn’t like that. Not at all. For […]

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