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Guest Series Launched with Hector Vila’s Post on Building a Parrilla

Today we unroll our new series, Food Stories: Memory, Culture, Perspective,  written by people who have thought a good deal about food, have terrific food stories to share and/or hold a recipe that means much more than just a successful pie or stew.  To open our world view and the conversation, and to ground ourselves […]

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Mentors Aplenty, Part Two: My Kind of School

Earlier in the summer,  I wrote about learning from family, students and friends.  Actually, since I started blogging in 2001, I’ve often remarked on being far more student than teacher even when I taught in formal schools. Every day since then I’ve learned essential and moving lessons from the non-human inhabitants of the gardens, but […]

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Guest Post #2: Elizabeth Ganley-Roper on the Power of Food to Build Cultural Bridges

BG’s Note:  What a thrill it is to have daughters who share my passion for cooking and culture. How fabulous it is that one of them lives in New York and calls me whenever she happens upon a food shop she’s sure I will love and must visit next time I’m in the city.  How […]

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Guest Post: Martha Burtis on Being a Non-Foodie Who Craves a Vegetable Garden

BG’s Note:  Open View Gardens is in full swing this first day after the summer solstice. Mornings are devoted to harvest and preserving; afternoons to planting and weeding or recipe development and menu planning; evenings to thinking and conversing and reading and kitchen experiments.  This is a multi-faceted endeavor: surprising, rewarding and thought-provoking.  One of […]

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