Grow Your Own

Despite what food and travel magazines and the New York Times would have you believe, upstate NY is a hive of farming. Of course there are now trendy Bed & Breakfast spots and boutiques, funky restaurants and charcuterie programs, and all the “farm to table” sound bites you can stand, but that was NOT always…

Shop-a-Holic – What to Get for the Foodies on Your List.

It’s that time…you know…you gotta get gifts and get them NOW so you can get them wrapped, shipped and there on time. All too often when shopping for a foodie or a cook, you MIGHT think that the cool, new gadget is THE thing to buy…um yeah, NO!  Not unless it is really useful or…

So Here’s the Thing…

I really enjoy writing this blog for all of you, but no one pays me to do it (yet).  So you need to know when I get paid to do my job – event management and coordination – I won’t be writing much. So you now know why I haven’t been posting as normal. In…

A Hill Country Wedding and Four Kings

My recent whirlwind trip was precipitated by two celebrations – a wedding and a landmark birthday. Travel for almost any reason is a good thing, but when you get to travel for a celebration it’s even better. “My Friend Brian”, dear Friend Nanette’s son, married his sweetheart Krystal in charming Texas Hill Country style and…

Sacramento

Yeah – I know once again I have been a slacker, but in my defense I have been out actually WORKING on a new job. Once that contract is signed and in my hand I will tell you more about it. Did you know you can subscribe to this blog?  I suggest that you do…

WHAT exactly DO you do?

I have been asked this A LOT lately, so let me put in all writing for you. I’d like to tell you that I am a sous chef for hire, but I am not.  MOST of what I do has little to do with food prep and/or cooking.  And I only wield a knife to…

Thank Goodness We Were Walking – Seattle

That’s all I have to say about our trip to Seattle this past weekend. Enjoy this photo blog of the trip.  You can find the rest of the pics on my Facebook page, Good for Spooning.  If you are following me on Instagram or other social media, you may have seen some of these already….

The Lunch List

It’s no secret that I like to go out for lunch.  I enjoy it almost more than I enjoy going out for dinner. Before I go to a place for dinner, if they have a lunch menu I will often eat lunch there first.  The lunch menu is usually cheaper, and it will give you…

Restaurant Week and Being Bald

Here’s the thing.  I like to dine out.  A lot.  And many times I can’t justify the expense, especially since I have this new awesome kitchen and I love to cook.  But right now, this week in the Spring, eating out is SOOO much fun and really a community minded thing to do.  It’s Restaurant…

Mission Accomplished…and a recipe.

It’s done!  WAHOO!  I have the kitchen of my dreams.  It’s absolutely beautiful and I am thrilled.  I have always been one of those people that wants ALL the tools on the counter within easy reach, but my new counters and backsplash are so gorgeous that I don’t want to cover them up.  Yes, I…