Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." ~ Doug Larson
I've had a number of friends ask me abut the status of BITE (But Is It Edible), the monthly cooking group that I was in with three other adventurous cooks. Well, when it looked as though I was going to be moving away, I urged the other members to carry on and find someone (or two) to take my place. As it turned out, this was a transition time for others as well. New grandchildren; new business ventures; life's twists and turns - so things kind of came to a natural end.

Of course, it now turns out that I am remaining in the area, though in no position to host gatherings since I'm not yet in a home of my own. I'd like to think that down the road we could revive our little group, but time will tell! In the meantime, I continue to pin recipes and look through magazines, longing for the day when I am in my own kitchen again. 

One of my favorite magazines is Saveur, with it's multidimensional take on foods from across the continents (one of the true inspirations behind BITE). Saveur has recently posted its yearly Blogger Awards link, where anyone can peruse and vote on this year's nominated food blogs. I LOVE looking through these every year - there are such creative people out there, and their blogs are helping to fill my cooking void. You can follow nearly every one of these blogs on Pinterest and/or Instagram.

Enjoy and vote for your favorites!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Wisdom is not the product of schooling, but the lifelong attempt to acquire it." ~ Albert Einstein

Once again, I was invited to take photos of this year's Chautauqua events. Based upon the principles of the original Chautuaqua (see below), the week-long events took place in Homer, NY. There, participants could select from any number of offerings from a lecture on this year's presidential election, to the fate of our oceans, to sauerkraut making!  There was a 5K/3K walk/run, and a number of communal meals. If you follow this link, you will see all of the wonderful things that were offered!

While I am not affiliated with any of the churches involved, I enjoyed the activities and the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people!

"The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests. 
The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art and physical education.
While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical in spirit and practice. "