• Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner

    “Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

    On Saturday, June 22, 2019 I will be celebrating the early summer 224 years ago when Chef James Hemings cooked at Monticello. Archaeologists have recently uncovered the original hearth and stew stoves on which Hemings taught his brother Peter the…

  • My Winter Turns to Spring

    My Winter Turns to Spring

    Perhaps because so much out in the world seems uncertain this winter has seemed a bit drear but I always look forward to spring . . . A wind swept beach was my Thanksgiving destination late last November. It was…

  • ‘Back in the day’ the Sorensen’s on the farm

    For many years while my husband and I were farming in South Dakota the buzz word in the counter culture back-to-the-land press was self-sufficiency and many a ‘back to the lander” busted their butts trying to raise it all themselves,…