Category Archives: Sustenance

Friday Things: The Met Home Edition

Long before I started writing for shelter magazines I read them.  And the one I read the most was Metropolitan Home.  When it folded in 2009 it really left a void in my design inspiration library. Though I loved Dominique Browning’s editor’s note in House & Garden (another print publication casualty of the time),  the [...]

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Friday Things: The San Francisco Super Bowl Edition

Super Bowl Treats

True confession?  I didn’t know the Super Bowl was happening here in the Bay Area until last Saturday when my gay Mormon activist friend Mitch mentioned how early festivities had impacted the traffic coming from the city to a conference in Berkeley that we were both attending.  Now how in the world did I miss [...]

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Friday Things: The Daffodils Edition

Daffodil Bulbs

  Last week I noticed a sign in the nursery near a market I frequent advertising bulbs half off.  I intended to pick up a few to force in the house and ended up with dozens of daffodils and a few tulips to plant around the garden. During a pause between rainstorms I tucked the [...]

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Happy New Year!

Packing up the holidays

Are you enjoying this first week of the year as much as I am?  It’s cold and rainy here in the Bay Area.  Perfect weather for packing up the holidays and unpacking plans for the year to come. I’ve spent the last few days moving things from one floor to another trying to restore order [...]

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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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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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    • Years ago I was bent on creating a perennial garden much like those in Penelope Hobhouse's English garden books. I especially loved the way the purple globes of the giant alliums played with the roses and other flowering plants but they didn't seem to grow around here and so they've never been part of any of my gardens. In fact I don't think I'd ever seen one before until I saw a whole swath of them in Boston this past weekend and stopped to take a photo along with several other flower-lovers. One of them turned to me and asked if I knew what they were. "Giant alliums," I said. "Part of the onion family." Can't tell you what book I read last week but I can recall a plant from a book I read twenty-five years ago. Go figure.