Passion. Integrity. Truth.

I cannot adequately express my feelings after meeting with Princess & Darryl from Appetite for Change yesterday at the Breaking Bread Cafe in Minneapolis. I am moved by their passion, integrity, and truth of the work they are doing and humbled by their kindness, sincerity, and generosity. Please, PLEASE visit and like their Facebook page and website. Then make plans to experience the food at Breaking Bread Cafe at 1210 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis. They are the change we all need to be in this world. The real deal. Hooganaga


Woking Across Cultures


She said her people were the best cooks, and I had to make a case for mi gente.  I wanted to make something Thai…. Granted, Thais and Chinese are different people with different culinary traditions, but it’s all one wok of life.  There are also certain flavors and smells that are similar including fermented pastes, dried shrimp, and certain herbs.  In Thailand I got my first taste of local, traditional food, which was quite different than stuff you’d find at Amazing Thailand.  The flavors of the North (Esan) are highly spicy and tangy and the smell of fish sauce and grilled meat linger in the air.  In villages, fresh herbs gathered from the local environment and sticky rice were served with most meals.  Bangkok is known as the street food capital of the world, though it’s up for debate.

For me, the whole experience: the smells, the heat, and the sweat made for one…

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“Rain rain go away…”

Well folks this year we have caught up on rainfall/moisture in our area. So much so that it has proven to be a worthy adversary in preventing weeds from leaving the gardens. Stepping into ankle deep mud is not conducive to successfully harvesting or good growth. I know I shouldn’t be complaintive about the moisture but the reality is many of our efforts will prove fruitless…at least as far as an abundant vegetable harvest. 

My dad always identified the “silver lining” in frustrating situations and there have been and will continue to be teachable moments (and then some) through real hands on learning to deal with frustrations, problem solve, and to be inspired with better plans for next year. Delaying gratification becomes a regular condition in these circumstances and provides learning opportunities which may not have existed if the weather had cooperated like last year. 

I hope this finds you hopeful and excited for harvest season and look forward to fewer weeds and more produce next year!!!! Hooganaga (all good things) to all y’all !!!!

"Growing to Learn…Learning to Grow"