Category Archives: Sustenance

Autumn Dinner Party Menu

More garden descriptions and photos soon but in the meantime, as promised, here are recipes and links to my Autumn Dinner Party.  It relies heavily on Ina Garten recipes because they’re reliable, easy to execute and crowdpleasers.  In fact, I received several requests for recipes after the party and one of our guests deemed the [...]

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Friday Things: The (Somewhat) Formal Dinner Party Edition

Tonight we’re having friends over for a (somewhat) formal dinner party.  Something I’d like to do more often but after a week of planning, shopping, prepping and cooking I remember why this is a rare occasion. It’s a whole lot of work! I know,  I know.  It doesn’t need to be this way.  I could [...]

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Plum Poppy Seed Muffins

Muffin pan lined with silicone liners

I’ve always been a breakfast person, but as I grow older I tend to like lighter fare first thing in the day.  Maybe some homemade muesli (see below) or wheat toast with nut butter and fruit on the side.  Egg dishes make an appearance on the weekends or when guests are around.  (I know, I [...]

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Friday Things: The Curses Foiled Again Edition

More bad news on the deer front this week.  Last night’s conquest—an until now untouched shrub—was so violently ravaged that out of respect I feel like I should cover its snapped branches with more than deer netting. I spotted the prong-horned culprit and his gang of thieves as I pulled into the driveway at the [...]

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Friday Things: The Fire Season Edition

Helicopter circling over the B

Today the air smells like smoke and the sky is buzzing with helicopters.  I suspect they’re monitoring the fires north of us that are burning out of control. I am watching them circle the Bay and thinking about the Oakland Hills Firestorm in 1991. We didn’t lose our home but close friends did and I [...]

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Friday Things: The Pioneer Day Edition

Me looking dreamy in my Gunny Sax dress - 1976

When I was a kid the biggest event of the summer happened one town down the line on July 24th. Known as “Pioneer Day” or, more pragmatically, “The 24th,” this county-wide celebration commemorated the day that Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley after leading his people across the plains. On that fateful July 24 [...]

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My Giant June

The first of many happy events this June

You know how big events often dog pile in your calendar rather than lining up in an orderly fashion? That was my June. It all started with our daughter Sydney’s graduation from Harvard Law School.  Harvard Law.   Quite remarkable that.  And then a week later her little brother Will’s graduation from MIT.  Really, no [...]

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Friday Things: The Bowl of Cherries Edition

Ranier Cherries, Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Goodness gracious things have been busy around here. The wrapping up of the garden renovation, wedding and travel planning, some local travel writing for the San Francisco Chronicle and a few speaking opportunities have kept me on the go, go, go.  I’d like to take a break and tell you all about it but that [...]

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Friday Things: The Good Fences Edition

Red maple leaves against an April sky

The garden project continues in full swing.  So full that I’ve hardly looked at anything this week that didn’t have petals or leaves. Except maybe the dirt surrounding our house–specifically, the dirt that surrounds my house vs. the dirt that surrounds my neighbors’ house. Our property is bordered on three sides by open space owned [...]

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Friday Things: The Valentine’s Day 2015 Edition

Valentine's Day Cookies 2015

Happy Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend everyone!  Wow, that’s quite the mashup.  Not sure what image would really capture that — chocolate covered scorpions wielding teeny-tiny American flags? I’ll stick with sparkly sugar cookie hearts and share some other sweet things to savor when you get a moment. The romance of a pink sofa. [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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