Looking at the world from my small rural acres in the Blue Ridge.

Author: Leni Ashmore Sorensen

“Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

“Summer 1795: A James Hemings Dinner”

On Saturday, June 22, 2019 I will be celebrating the early summer 224 years ago when Chef James Hemings cooked at Monticello. Archaeologists have recently uncovered the original hearth and stew stoves on which Hemings taught his brother Peter the art of French cookery. Together […]

My Winter Turns to Spring

My Winter Turns to Spring

Perhaps because so much out in the world seems uncertain this winter has seemed a bit drear but I always look forward to spring . . . A wind swept beach was my Thanksgiving destination late last November. It was windy and chilly and blew […]

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month this year with a Southern Sunday Supper on a Saturday Night. On Saturday, February 24th, 2018 this dinner for eight will feature iconic African-American and Southern dishes. After a 1st course of “Pot Likker” soup accompanied by Hot Cornbread with Homemade […]

Ultimate Winter Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Ultimate Winter Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Split Pea soup is one of my favorite soups. When I was a little girl in the early 1950’s it took almost 18 hours to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 101.  My mother and stepfather and I made this trip several […]

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

It’s the time of year that we who are garden starved pour over the mail order seed catalogs and yearn to get our hands into the dirt. No matter that it’s cold and icy and wet and stormy and the soil would hate being disturbed! […]