My daughter has a profound passion for the kitchen.  She wrote in her admissions essay for culinary arts school that the kitchen is full of emotions—people congregate there, in good times and in dark times.  Food feeds more than just our bodies, Nell says.  So, recently I have been reading this book she recommended entitled “A Thousand Years Over A Hot Stove,” by Laura Schenone. This fine book tells the history of American women through food, recipes and remembrances. Last night this passage moved me. . .

"Though the majority of American women may no longer slaughter pigs, preserve peaches or make their own tortillas, the effort of cooking continues to be largely women's work, a major force in the rhythm of our lives, keeping us alive, bringing us together around the table with those we like, those we love and those we need."

Enjoy your dinner tables. May you share delicious food in ways that nurture you completely and may you do so with those you like, love and need.            


Lee lives on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, where she owns and operates North Country Farms, an organic family farm and eco-tourist destination complete with tropical guest cottages. She believes her three grown children are her best part, but she also enjoys yoga, travel, and reading. You can read more about Lee and North Country Farms at, at the North Country Farms blog, or on Facebook.