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Love in the Kitchen
I’ve always admired the skill of an accomplished cook who has the intuition, palate and
imagination to prepare a great lunch, dinner or breakfast with ease and a smile. But I’ve
learned that it’s more than skill that creates a great dinner—and more than what’s served
on the plate. It’s also the love that drifts through the kitchen, along with the fragrance of
basil and garlic. My wife Tanya and I spend many pleasant hours in the kitchen, listening to
great music, enjoying a glass of wine and great conversation. For us, preparing and sharing
delicious food is a very special and intimate time, and we love how it wraps the end of the
day in a pleasant cocoon.
Perhaps you’ve known the cook whose stress level rises with the bread dough, and who
measures every teaspoon with a tablespoon of fretful intensity. To my mind, this is the opposite of what cooking should be. Food should be prepared and served with love, patience and good company, and for us, fresh and healthy are key elements. We haven’t created a garden yet at our new home, but this is coming. In the meantime, we frequent one of the largest and most diverse farmer’s markets in Richmond where we can find the finest local produce, eggs, seafood, honey and other goods from nearby farms. The food revolution is truly alive in the River Country. More people are paying closer attention to where their food comes from, how it’s grown and how that food reflects the grower. Does buying that particular head of lettuce support a local farmer who keeps his crop free from chemicals, or is it the product of an impersonal super-corporation whose main concern is the bottom line? When was that salmon really caught? Who planted, nurtured and harvested that tomato you’re eating? It’s nice when it comes from your own backyard.
In our own backyard at PL, we celebrate fresh and healthy food and local businesses,
where you can know the craftsmen and the growers. We also celebrate pleasant summer
days, when the tomatoes, cucumbers and melons are colorful, fresh, and juicy, when there’s
dancing in the kitchen and plenty of hard crabs and love to go around.
Here’s to the pleasant life in River Country! pl
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