Opportunity Knocks

                           Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking
                           risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
                                                                                       ~Mary Lou Cook~
Each day we have many opportunities to get in touch with our creative spirit and bring our inner artist out to play.  Every meal we prepare can be a work of art.  Going to the store or market, looking at the beautiful array of fruits and vegetables gets our creative juices flowing.  When we take the time to arrange the food we have lovingly prepared so that it is appealing to the eye, we have created a work of art.  Looking at the gorgeous plate of food causes us to stop and give thanks for the amazing bounty of food we have access to – not to be taken for granted.  And it gets better when we prepare and share food with those we love.  Many hands, many artists.  Sometimes when I cut into a piece of fruit, or a vegetable such as a beet or heritage tomato I am struck by the artistry of Mother Nature.  When I stop and take time to admire this beauty, it is like offering up a little prayer.  I agree with Emeril Lagasse, “Food that is beautiful to look at seems to taste better than food that isn’t”.

Pike Place Market

Fish Monger at Pike Place Market

Sante Fe's Farmer's Market

Sante Fe - so many chili choices!

Many cooks. Food Stylist, Steph

Comfort food, Steph's roast chicken

A Sante Fe Feast

Betsy's beautiful and delicious Christmas cookies

What says it better than a birthday cake?

New Year's Eve dessert created by Barb

Salmon, Yum Yum! Steve's happy.

San Pasquale, Patron Saint of Cooks

I will end this post with some of my favorite food quotes.

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

 ~James Beard

Eating is not merely a material pleasure.  Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to good will and happy companionship.  It is of great importance to the morale.

 ~Elsa Shiaparelli, Italian designer (1890 – 1973)

Before eating, always take time to thank the food.

~Arapaho Proverb

One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about food while you are eating with friends.

~Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’

First we eat, then we do everything else.

~M.F.K Fisher

Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.

~Jean-Athelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), ‘The Physiology of Taste’

Happy Eating!

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3 Responses to Opportunity Knocks

  1. What a Fantastic post!! I loved the pictures…recognized a few of the usual suspects!!!!….and that includes San Pasqual. I just got my poster framed and up on my wall, YAY! I love the quotes, the text and the photos. Totally pumped to read the next one! Love you so much SE!

  2. Barbara Beale says:

    Congratulations – you are up and running. And now I’m hungry – great photos and theme. Love you SE

  3. Tammy Valentino says:

    SE Some of my favorite times with you have been learning about food and of course sharing meals.
    Much Love Tammo

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