EATSTogether is brought to you by a family who loves to cook and eat together: my family. Here you will find my blog articles on everything food. Also, enjoy many of our family’s favorite recipes and learn our strategies for sharing as many meals as possible with family and friends. I hope you will share your tips and experiences, too. I’m just starting out, so let me know what you like, what you want to see more of and how and with whom you eat together – feel free to email me or comment throughout the site.
Did you ever read a book so delicious you couldn’t put it down? A book that propelled you to the market for ingredients to make some exotic dish that was so eloquently described that your mouth watered? Or a book that found you leafing through your recipe cards for Grandma’s cobbler instructions — cobbler you hadn’t thought about in years?
I love books where food is a star player in the story. They expose us to different cultures, new ingredients and flavors, diverse lifestyles and customs, all in a manner that is universally relatable: we all eat.
I’ve had many hopes and ideas for this EATS Together blog. Among these was the thought that it might be a springboard for a community of people to share their traditions, cultures and individuality through recipes and food. I have shared a lot of what my family does, but I have been searching for ways to make the conversation, well, more a conversation and less a one-way dialogue.
Then, one day a group of friends and colleagues started talking about some of the “delicious” books we’ve read. The conversation quickened and became quite animated as we remembered scenes from various books:
…“In The Last Chinese Chef…when he cooks that chicken for her because her husband died? And the herbs he uses, how they are symbolic for healing grief in the Chinese culture?”
…“And in Under the Tuscan Sun, when she cooks for the men working on her villa because she has to relate to them and she doesn’t speak Italian and they don’t speak English?”
… “Or in Chocolat when the priest loses all composure eating the chocolates he’s forbidden and they find him passed out from chocolate in the sweetshop display window on Easter Sunday morning!?”
I could go on and on. But I am hoping we all will, instead! That’s why I have created EATS Reads — a section of this blog dedicated to discussing delicious books (and heck, lets talk about the movies they make of them, too). I have set up a discussion board and started some topics on several delicious books that I particularly like: The Last Chinese Chef, Chocolat, The Hundred Foot Journey and Under the Tuscan Sun.
Please join the conversation! (Click here to go to the discussion board) Feel free to add new topics and books!
Here are my top ten picks – I’ll add some articles to help get our conversations going soon! Happy reading!
Recipes from our kitchen…
These cookies are an original EATS Together recipe inspired by a cherry chocolate oatmeal cookie that we have been making for years. I wanted to incorporate fall flavors and Jim's love of cranberries inspired me to try them, along with a few fall spices and white...read more
This is a favorite weeknight meal at our house! If you already have Jim's Italian Sausage and Sicilian Tomato Sauce on hand, it is quite easy to put together and goes a long way (two nights for us). You can certainly get a very tasty result with your favorite sausage...read more
Jim's Italian Sausage is so versatile and handy to have around! This recipe makes about 5 pounds of sausage, most of which we freeze in smaller amounts for later use. A couple of our favorite recipes are Italian Sausage Manicotti and Mom's Spaghetti Sauce. Also, you...read more
Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, all these books are fantastic reads! If you’ve already read them, or after you do, come on over to our EATS Reads discussion board and share your thoughts. Chocolat by Joanne Harris The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan Fried Green...read more
The trees are budding and the sprouts are in the windowsill, soon it will be time to plant our garden. Below is a brief history of my "gardening" life. Do you grow things to eat in the summer? What do you grow and why? I'd love to learn from your experiences! I grew...read more
St. Patrick’s Day at the McGuire’s —it was going to be grand! Five couples plus ourselves would gather in the dining room of our newly built home to enjoy some traditional Irish fare. It was our first real dinner party in the home that we had spent the previous year...read more