Lodi: Standing in the Sun

“Exquisite,” said the waitress with enthusiastic candor from behind the counter at Corner Scone Bakery in Lodi, California, when asked to describe the blueberry muffin sample she was setting out for tasting. This word resonated the spirit of my time in this flat...

The Gems of Summer

Christmas came to me this fall. The spirit of giving was extended by Mary Danly and Barbara Baresh of Danly Farms when they brought a “sleigh” filled with heirloom tomatoes – 23 different kinds to be exact, to my house for tasting. In my imagination I can liken...

Pancakes – Nostalgia

There’s no other breakfast food that is more nostalgic than pancakes for me. During my childhood, Aunt Jemima visited us on Sunday mornings when my father had the day off and Mom made us breakfast to celebrate a day of rest. Throughout the years, I will admit to...

Coffee – A Morning Prayer

The day is better when started with sips of caffeine. Though I grew up drinking tea, my years at college made me a coffee drinker. After graduating, I moved to Berkeley when Peet’s Coffee was making its debut and here, after being introduced to the ultimate brew, I...