Exotic Flavors

Silk Road Inspired Sichuan Green Beans

The Silk Road is an exotic phenomenon and a place of wonder. In 2015, I was introduced to it while visiting friends in Kashgar. My mind kept telling me I was in China but my senses were experiencing the smells ...
Exotic Flavors

Squash Blossom Salad & Braized Endives

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” – Julia Child, My Life in France. Our family came to the south of ...
Collaborations

Stories – The Framework of Our Lives

“I was four years old when my father placed all our worldly goods into a covered wagon and we headed out from Minnesota to North Dakota.” This was my great grandmother’s story handed down to me through the women in ...
Collaborations

A Wailing Over Us

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; send for the skillful women, that they may come; let them make haste and raise up a wailing over us, that our eyes may ...
Collaborations

In Essence – Women In Their Own Words

My great-grandmother Daisy Schumann was an epic gardener, celebrated hostess, sought after speaker, successful farmer, stirring community organizer and resourceful crafter. Yet the things I cherish most about her are the words she left behind. It’s in her honor I ...
Ndjerareou Journey

Portland Retreat for Busy Mama’s

Early on, Nate and I discovered that unforgettable experiences make great gifts.  Currently, we’re knee-deep in family life and so this often involves picnics on the porch, friends around our table or simply exploring our corner of the world. It ...