What people are shouting

Today we are making gingerbread houses using John’s Lebkuchen recipe. The dough tastes great. Pictures coming soon.

Wendell Berry on the “industrial eater”

“The industrial eater is, in fact, one who does not know that eating is an agricultural act, who no longer knows or imagines the connections between eating and the land, and who is therefore necessarily passive and uncritical… We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free.” - Wendell Berry

Some winter salad greens from my veg garden, former lawn.

I think a food stylist would be a cool job to have, but, I like doing it on my own dishes b/c I’ve made them myself! Wouldn’t feel the same with other people’s food.

Here’s a photo of my signature cupcake w/ the gum paste flower on top. I made them for a birthday party.

Believe it or not, I usually choose any kind of cake ahead of chocolate cake. Tonight though, I had no choice… it was chocolate cake or nothing. It was purchased from from Al Gelato in LA. I urge anyone in the vicinity to get down there immediately and take a slab of it home. Eat it in bed. I don’t know quite why I say this… it just feels like the right place for it. Oh… it’s pretty good with whipped cream too.

Charlotte, I love your recipes and your Images. Did you ever think of becoming a food stylist? It’s a talent not everyone can do. You should think about it.

Soup —It’s a marvelous thing!

A new study reported in the the open-access journal Pathogens documents why the flu is more common in winter than in summer. “Using the guinea pig model, we have evaluated the effects of temperature and relative humidity on influenza virus spread. By housing infected and naïve guinea pigs together in an environmental chamber, we carried out transmission experiments under conditions of controlled temperature and humidity. We found that low relative humidities of 20%–35% were most favorable, while transmission was completely blocked at a high relative humidity of 80%.

So a house in winter filled with the warm embrace of a chicken soup simmering does more than smell good. It raises the relative humidity (my windows are always fogging up) and as the good scientists say he higher the humidity the lower the level of influenza transmission. Grandma was right, so eat your soup it’ll keep your healthy and strong — provided you simmer your own at home.

Meat… you just can’t beat it.

The season of the cookie has begun.


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Sending you a Happy Thanksgiving from Rhode Island!!!!! Love and hugs, Sara, Mathew, Cooper, Fiona and Mo :)