I'm sure by now everyone has seen Ina Garten's new barn. It is just beautiful. I always tell my family that Ina stole my life! Of course she has no children so that wouldn't have worked for me. But when I see her cruising off to the gourmet cheese shop or planning her next luncheon or dinner party in her perfectly appointed kitchen - I swoon. It cracks me up that she calls it her barn. I mean come on - have you ever seen a barn like this. The barn we had when I was a kid -was filled with hay for the horses.
According to Wikipedia: Foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste who may or may not be professionals in the food industry, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.
For all you "Foodies" out there catch all 3 seasons of Diary of a Foodie at Gourmet.com. You can view these online or download full episodes of season 1-2 and preview season 3 as podcasts. Recipes are available too. Also, check your local PBS stations for air dates in your area.
A Foodie Question
_ Q: What do you cook with fresh vegetables?
_ A: Chefs know that the finest meals start with ingredients that are in season, as freshly picked as possible. The rule of thumb is what grows together, goes together — so serve broiled asparagus with new potatoes or saute kale with garlic, beet greens and diced winter squash.
_ _ Recently our family sat down and watched a wonderful film - Beyond Our Differences. Watching this sparked the most incredible conversation between me, my husband and our two oldest sons. I cannot say enough about this amazing work!! This documentary film explores the positive role of faith in the world today and the fundamental unity of the worlds religions. _
Click on the above photo to go to the "Beyond Our Differences" website and to see a preview of the film.
Beyond Our Differences provides a tapestry of distinct voices and viewpoints regarding spirituality, woven with one universal expression of hope. With all of the problems facing the world today including war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation, and severe desperation among millions, people are longing for meaning. Many seek answers in spirituality, but often faith and religion are hijacked by a fundamentalist few who use the name of God to promote their own ends. With this dichotomy in mind, we call upon key religious leaders, politicians, and luminaries in their fields to tackle the most complex issues in the modern age, and we ask what inspires them to affect positive change. The film portrays experiences that provide a new perspective on how non-violent activism and compassion can be effectively used in resolving even the most difficult disputes. The film also gives hope by exploring past and present religious-inspired movements that have resulted in positive change, in addition to documenting the work of great leaders such as Gandhi, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz took the cover photo and several other shots - I can't wait to pick up a copy of the March 2009 issue!! Much of the eight-page feature is devoted to Michelle Obama's self-described role as "mom in chief" (love that!) to 10-year-old Malia and seven-year-old Sasha.
Did you know that a scourge exists in your kitchen, but it can easily be destroyed by a modern space age appliance?
_ It is your kitchen sponge!
_ Yes, this sponge bears thousands of pores which are the perfect breeding ground for countless numbers of bacteria. What to do? The answer is simple use your microwave oven and ZAP it each morning. Place your dampened sponge in the microwave and cook it for 1 minute. No more, no less. The water molecules within the sponge boil and kills the bacteria. So go microwave your sponge right now!!
As I've mentioned before - I love long, bubbly baths!! I sometimes watch a movie on the laptop while tubbing or listen to music while sipping something refreshing!! I love to light candles and customize scents depending on my mood. Adding about 10 drops of essential oils like eucalyptus and mint (if I'm not feeling well), jasmine or linden (if I'm feeling happy) or lavender (when the world seems overwhelming).
Here are a few wonderful resources for the perfect tubbing experience!!
One of my favorite memories was walking barefoot in our apricot orchard. That was some 37 years ago, and it's still one of the first things that comes to mind when searching my life's memories.
It is unbearable for me to think about my beautiful orchard and the many others that surrounded it now only exist in my memory -- long ago replaced by houses. I prefer to keep those images in my mind as if it were only yesterday...
It's a beautiful summer morning, I'm 12 years old, outside my cat Peewee (a big yellow tabby with a bobbed tail) greets me. I head straight out into the orchard. The branches overhead hang low and heavy -- and the sweet smell of apricots fill the air. Running faster and farther with each step -- the seemingly never-ending rows of trees stretch out before me. I can feel the warm sun on my face and the cool feel of the dirt under my feet. ~
"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."