Saturday, January 11, 2014

New website!

510 Groveland. Photo by Susan Gilmore.

                                             Here's the link to the website : Alecia Stevens

Blasting this out on facebook and my blog because I really am so excited. Kim Kalina, my web "master" and I have been noodling about updating by website for about six months. Just throwing around ideas. Then, over the holidays, with all that down time, I sat down on the sofa and all those disconnected ideas became very clear and visual and I laid out exactly what I saw and Kim put it all together with the touch of her brilliance around "optimization" which I know nothing about!

In the end, we pulled this site together in one week and it was such a great example of that letting down so that ideas can rise up. I've had it happen many times. But constantly forget that it really does work, so all too often, I push and push and push to solve a question when I should really just go take a walk.

I feel like I'm inviting you into my home...come on in. Sit a spell.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Pioneer Press on Cheese...or is it the Onion?

About two months ago, I was in Paris, in the chic Marais district, strolling with a group of foodies learning all about the passion with which the French make and eat their cheese. There is a cheese course in France, for goddsakes. Like, at the end of the meal before dessert, they actually bring a whole little board of cheese because they can't imagine anything more delightful. And the best cheeses are made of raw milk from the time that the goats or cows or sheep are nursing new young, so the milk is the richest. The little goats graze on lavender during the day and you can taste a hint of the delicate plant in the cheese.

Fast forward to today, here in the heartland, the land of dairy farmers. My compatriot foodie snob, Jacqueline Fortier, sent me this, knowing how much, first, I would laugh, then, after coming to my senses, drop into shock and awe. Yep, this is the local news!

Velveeta Shortage!