May 31st, 2016



The photo above is the work of Fred LeBlanc ( sails on The Heritage every year.  This is the schooner we will be sailing on the week of June 6th. To learn more about your own sailing trip, contact The Heritage at: or by phone at: (800) 648-4544

I plan to take photos and keep a journal, so I hope to come back with a “good report” of our trip to Maine.

While this is my Home Page for June, July and August, rather than make a list of all the things I want to post, as I usually do, I am leaving my plans open-ended, except to say I will be reviewing several books, one of which is an Italian cookbook by a local woman with a wonderful story about her creation with her son Frank. The name of the book is Italian Moms: Spreading Their Art to Every Table. I will feature a couple of her great recipes.

Since I will be away for one week in June and again the end of July, I may post some of my recipes from previous summer postings during those weeks. For example, asparagus is still readily available, so I may post my asparagus soup. (Photo below)

Finally, I chose Sail Away, Sail Away as my blog title for the summer,  because I am very excited about going on this trip (taking along some natural anti-sea sick remedy) and want to share photos and my thoughts with you when I return. I also chose this title because of the metaphorical meaning, that is, even if you are not going on a cruise or a schooner this summer, you can “sail away” at home by letting go a little and relaxing more, taking time to smell the roses. In other words, take time to “sail away” from daily chores and find activities that re-charge your batteries. Read a book, go for a swim, visit friends while the weather is good. Take time for yourself because you are worth it!

More coming in the next few days before I literally sail away……

P.S. For those of you who are regular subscribers, I would like to know if you would be interested in a personal e-cookbook, that is, I would send you a booklet of 10-12 recipes in one attachment of recipes that I choose for you after you tell me your personal favorite foods. Please email me at: I will work on this project during the summer.  For those who want to subscribe, I offer the same “gift” when you sign up. (Subscribe link in the upper right hand corner of the Home Page.)  Thanx! ellensue

Hooray for May! (2016)

May 1st, 2016

Next to October, my favorite month is May. All the flowers and flower-blooming trees are arriving in an array of ovely colors: yellow daffodils, red tulips, pink Dogwood blossoms, and even granny apple green leaves before they turn darker. Mostly, though, I love the azaleas with their beautiful magenta blossoms. I start and end this posting with photos of azaleas from my extended neighborhood, including the horticultural center about 10 minutes from where we live.

May is also a month of many important days such as May Day (today) Mother’s Day, Mental Health Month, Cinco de Mayo, Holocaust Memorial Day and Memorial Day.


It is raining as I type this, so May Day events in Philadelphia are most likely cancelled. Instead, here is a description and photo from Wikipedia, since I don’t want to ignore this holiday because of inclement weather:

May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday;[1] it is  also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.

Maypole Dancing at Bishoptone Church in Sussex, Eng.

In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. (International Workers’ Day may also be referred to as “May Day”, but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.)

Cinco de Mayo, which means the fifth of May, is later this week and I will be doing a food demo/luncheon at the local community center, which consists mostly of seniors who are available at 1 pm on a Wednesday. I hope to have photos and recipes to post on that day or the next day, but in the meantime, you can Google Cinco de Mayo for information and recipes. Or if you cannot wait, please click on my link from a previous posting with recipes. Here is the photo of the tortilla buffet from this link:



On a somber note,  May 5th (this year*) is also Yom HaShoah, a yearly acknowledgment of the 6 million Jews who perished as a result of the Holocaust during WWII. I would like to review a book called In Memory’s Kitchen, since this is a food blog/website. The subtitle is A Legacy from the Women of Terezin, a so-called model of a concentration camp for Jews in WWII. The book was edited by Car de Silva based on recipes from Mina Pachter, a Czech Jew who died in Terzin.

* The Hebrew Calendar differs from the English calendar so that Jewish holidays seems to vary, but actually they are on the same day every year, but come on different days in our English calendar, because the Hebrew Calendar is based on the lunar cycle.



Another book I plan to review is A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD, as my contribution to National Mental Health Month. Actually, I have several books I would like to review this month, so I will post them throughout this month and perhaps into June. Two would be perfect for Mother’s Day and another could bridge Yom HaShoah with Mother’s Day. I am still deciding…..

The end of the month is Memorial Day, which is when our pool opens. I plan to have a couple of  Spring-into-Summer recipes for you to try, as well as acknowledge our service men and women.  There will also be some spillover from Earth Day, especially since I went to an Earth Day Fair only yesterday, so it is still fresh in my mind and I collected some interesting information. And, I like to think it is Earth Day every day, staying conscious of how to protect the planet daily.

Happy, Healthy  May!