Cranberries and Thankfulness

Cranberries and Thankfulness

Waking up in my parent’s house in the very pink guest bedroom during a holiday always makes me happy and thankful. I wasn’t supposed to be here this year, and I am so glad that I am.

Sometimes the universe puts you where you are supposed to be (and work dictates your comings and goings, and work takes me to places that were the dreams of travel when I was a girl), thank you SharePoint.

May Day. Inspiration from José Andrés

May Day. Inspiration from José Andrés

May Day.

Not mayday, meaning a crisis.


Food and the feeding of people. The need for clean water is a crisis, a call for “mayday”.

May Day, or May 1 — as celebrated in many countries is a traditional springtime festival or an international day honoring workers.

Everything. Everything, we put in our mouths is planted, fished, bottled, butchered, grown, picked, placed, packaged, shipped, delivered, sautéed, steamed, flash frozen, baked, cooked, tossed, and wrapped by many, many hands, globally.

Chefs are wonderful. #lasvegas #foodie #Chefs

Chefs are wonderful. #lasvegas #foodie #Chefs

In the midst of the happenings of Las Vegas, sending big love and shout outs to you all who live and work in a city we all come to for celebrations and conferences. Stay strong. Love you. Thank you for making many moments in our lives so wonderful. So I’m sharing some goodness about you all in the service industry and a great city that I have loved since turning 21 there.

Xo #lasvegasstrong

#FoodieFridayAlert - #Venice Restaurants

A colleague is headed to Venice  and I sent her my list of favorites and thought I'd share them with all of you.  I've been to Queen of the Adriatic two times and I love getting lost in its grand spleandor.  My Dad took this photo when he and my Mom and I visited a few years ago. lovely Venice














A few places I love:

Osteria Antico Giardinetto This place is amazing seafood is divine and we had the most amazing berry trifle dessert. Calle dei Morti Santa Croce, 2253 30135 Venezia Italy +041721301


Antico Capon Campo San Margherita Dorsoduro, 3004 30123 Venezia, Italy +0415285252



And not to be missed....

Peggy Guggenheim Museum Palazzo Venier dei Leoni Dorsoduro 701 I-30123 Venezia

Opening hours Daily 10 am - 6 pm Closed Tuesdays, and December 25, 26 Open Tuesday November 1, December 27

General information tel: +39.041.2405.411 fax: +39.041.520.6885 e-mail:

@JimmyJamesSRT Buongiorno Fritatta, a #DoggieAstrology Coffee w/a nod to @jamieoliver @sandrashm

a whole lotta yum
a whole lotta yum

spoiled rotten.  4 hour body frittata made in about 15 minutes by my husband James (@JimmyJamesSRT).  along with some great coffee in my Aquarius Doggie Astrology Coffee Mug (our catahoula Pierre's sun sign).

honestly, I put all dishes up against what I am very lucky to be served all the time in our (JimmyJames') kitchen because he is amazing, is a locavore at heart and we are spoiled by living in Sonoma County (land of the farmer market and many places where some of the best product in the world is created, farmed and grown ala "Organic-land").

JimmyJames Buongiorno Fritatta - 1/4 bag o' sautéed spinach, 1 can of cannellini beans, 2.5 chicken italian sausage & 6 eggs.  couple decent shakes of Tuscan Italian seasoning. cut sausage, saute spinach in EVOO, drain beans, whisk eggs - dump all in a bowl with the eggs, put in a frying pan and bake till done (about 25 minutes) - top off with some red sauce upon removing from oven.  optional sprinkles of parm on top.  serves 4-6.  Coffee:  make your favorite flavor and pour into a cup, simple...

My husband is a mix of Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade and Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef - he can look in our pantry and refrigerator (like he did this morning) and knock it out of the park.  Few insider tips:  Sausages were cooked in sauce in a slow cooker a few days ago - so both sauce & sausages were super flavorful.  If you don't have a crock pot - go buy one they make everything taste better.  Also:  cook up a few items for the week and you will then have them to put in a myriad of dishes. (sausages in sauce, taco or turkey meat, spinach or green in bacon, sautéed root veg.)  Also on a fritatta, don't open the oven or move it till its done.

mangia, mangia.


also if you don't know about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - you should check it out.