So, what is this Table, anyway?
Take a moment and think about the Table in your kitchen or dining room or in your mother’s house, perhaps. Are there dinners and birthday cakes and weekend morning breakfasts? Or the cups of coffee and glasses of wine shared with friends who can just “drop in?” What about the dreaded algebra homework and last-minute science projects? And maybe there’s tough conversations about grades, missed curfews and moving the family to another town?
Chances are the Table is a centerpiece in your home and the hub of activity for those who live in it…and it probably sees a lot more than just breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So, yes, this will be a food blog – partly. I am a bit of a foodie and love experimenting in the kitchen and sharing the results with family and friends…especially with a great glass of wine. You can expect tried and true family favorites, great food for crowds of friends, and also experiments with no guarantees whatsoever. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter and my husband often complains that I don’t make the exact same things (i.e. his favorites) often enough…a culinary ADD of sorts. But, I’m working on it.
In addition to being a wife and mother, I am also a marriage and family therapist. From this perspective, the Table takes on a very different kind of significance. You’ll probably be surprised when I post the statistics about the drastic effects regular family meals can have on kids’ grades, suicide risk and teen pregnancy. So, I’m not just passionate about good food and wine – I’m also striving to create the kind of Table in my own home where family and friends alike feel welcomed and honored. The kind of place my kids will remember fondly, not just for the food, but also the fun and the lessons. The kind of place where friends can sit and discover a compassionate ear along with their wine and chocolate and laughter.
Do you ever wish that friends felt comfortable enough to just drop in and have a cup of coffee? Maybe stay for dinner?
Do you wish your kids had more interesting things to say about their day, but you can’t get it out of them without nagging?
Do you want your home to be a place to which people are naturally drawn? Where a little community exists of your own creation?
I know these things don’t happen by themselves or overnight.
A little planning and a lot of intention is probably going to be required.
I hope you’ll join me while I try to figure it all out.
So, welcome to the Table!