"A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe."
~ Thomas Keller
a small plate placed under a hot serving dish to protect a table.
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The Art of Enjoyment
Cooking I do, for those I love;
Hours in the kitchen, inspired by One above . . .
Each ingredient chosen to nourish the body;
A table set to present our bounty.
The "Promise of Spring"
upon my table I enjoy every day;
For the growing season
is not far away . . .
Beauty of a Cardinal
by Joseph T. Renaldi
I saw a Cardinal in an evergreen tree,
An aesthetic sight that dazzled me.
A red bird seeking shelter from the snow
Causing my heart to immediately glow.
The Cardinal stood out like a picture fair
As snowflakes struck its body there
Upon a branch of the evergreen tree,
Nestled among the needles proud and free.
By the Almighty's mysterious design,
A picture is created that I claim is mine,
For one brief moment, then the bird is gone,
But the beauty of the Cardinal will linger on.
"Shades of Pink"
fill my soul . . .
to my garden I must go;
I enter my quiet world of
peace and joy ~
and sip tea amidst a
flurry of wings,
visits from dragonfly beings.
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Today I saw the dragonfly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.