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somewhat weekly inspiration to 

nourish | empower | connect


Not gonna lie, it has been a week of strange energy.  Perhaps it is the yo-yo-ing weather.  No. It is more than that.  It seems everyone is swinging wildly back and forth from mundane everyday tasks to panic over the state of the world and possible Coronavirus pandemic.  So what is a person to do to feel grounded? Well, obviously, COOK.  

Anything you do over and over again, is a practice.  Makes sense, right?  But pay attention.  This is true about EVERYTHING.  Whether you intend to be doing something or not, repetition in thought, word, and deed trains our brains and our bodies.  So, if you are constantly filling yourself up with negative news, habitual thoughts of lack, overly processed junk food, locking out your knees while you cook, or slumping over your computer, well. . . that is the pattern your brain and body will learn.   This isn't rocket science, in fact, if you think about it, it's pretty obvious.  But the simple and more importantly, free things we can do to help ourselves live well often get buried in a world where everyone is trying to sell us on FIXING US.

May we recommend filling yourself up, on PURPOSE with things you love, things that feed your body and soul?  Clearly, you have amazing taste because reading this is the first step!  In my case, watching copious amounts of British gardening shows helps offset the constant flow of unsettling news, but if that is not your jam, you do you.  

This weekend, why not practice collecting vegetable trimmings and scraps? It is the urging of our good pal Ruthie Cohen.  An avid cook and brilliant writer for the Limestone Post,  she writes all about it for our website-blog this week.  Her new habit of corralling scraps to reuse in making stock has become a big money saver in her pantry and flavor booster to many of her delicious vegan meals.
Ruthie's scraps corralled in a net soup sock.  Available at the shop, these net bags can be reused after washing.
If you don't yet have enough scraps or time to make your stock, don't worry, just buy the best store-bought stuff you can afford.

There is nothing more comforting than a good soup.  Sarah Copeland of the award-winning blog Edible Living and author of the book Every Day Is Saturday is a proponent living fully into the moment and celebrates simple living, gardening, and family in beautifully written stories.  Below, is her budget-friendly, comforting, and simple creamy cauliflower soup with crispy spiced chickpeas and herbs.  Easy enough for a nourishing weeknight meal or light lunch this weekend.

This week we were blessed to be highlighted by Carolyn VandeWiele, a special contributor to the HT Online.  In Food Faire: ‘Jubilee’ offers African American dishes filled with history, flavor she explores Toni Tipton-Martin’s newest offering, Jubilee: recipes from two centuries of African American Cooking.  We featured Toni, along with several other black Americans who contribute to the world of food.  If you haven't read that edition of Welcome to The Table, check it and other past editions out HERE.  Thanks for spreading the word Carolyn.  If you want to help us spread the word about this weekly blog-style newsletter, practice copying and pasting this LINK

Finally, build the habit of connecting.  Human connection and hugs have been proven to prolong life and lift one's mood.  Make a practice of scheduling coffee and lunch dates with friends and connecting over family dinners.  If you live alone, nourish yourself with consistent meals and embrace it as a time to indulge in much needed quiet, or by watching or reading something uplifting.  As you learn the practice of filling yourself up with things you love, notice how you are being.  How you are being while doing a task is a practice as well.  Be mindful that you are not practicing being a neurotic jerk while doing something you enjoy, it defeats the purpose.

Have a glorious, connected weekend.  Oh, and wash your hands frequently.  Warm soapy water for 20 seconds, with the water off, don't be daft and waste resources.  Also, practice not touching your face. I know it's hard but DO IT.  OK, Mom lecture over,


2019 Saveur Magazine baking blog winner, Bryan Ford holding lots of bread
Bryan Ford @artisanbryan
We feel lucky to have stumbled upon Bryan Ford this week while perusing the visual landscape of Instagram.  Ford is the 2019 Saveur Magazine winner of the best baking & sweets blog.  As a writer, baker, and recipe developer he is set to release his first book New World Sourdough in June.  
a picture of New World Sourdough, a book by Bryan Ford
His Instagram feed is stunning (I know I say that a lot, but seriously, check it out, you'll drool), but his story as the child of immigrants is important.  Food has the power to nourish and connect.  The food itself knows no color, race, gender, or political affiliation.  Below, Ford writes about the immigrant experience.

Stirring the Pot (that's the name of Ruthie's blog on Limestone Post) with these Pakka wood spoons can brighten anyone's mood.  Pakka wood is made of thin layers of different colored wood patiently laminated on top of one another.
Natural fiber and wood Redekker cleaning brushes in crocks
Foster a sense of ease with a clean and orderly home.  These natural fiber and wood cleaning brushes from Redekker are some of our favorites.
A selection of hammered copper mule mugs and shaker on a spun iron tray
Sometimes when walking around the shop, what actual good lighting we have allows an object to shine.  These hammered copper mule mugs and shakers are no exception.  The warm tone of copper is more visually grounding than most metals, but it is its temperature conductivity that really allows it to shine as it keeps your Moscow Mule exceptionally cold!

We believe anyone can cook.

We believe in welcoming everyone to the table.

We believe some tools are timeless.

We believe high quality isn't always expensive.

We believe in making things from scratch when possible.

We believe in gathering & connecting with one another.

We believe in the power of your food stories.

We believe in understanding your needs.



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