“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.”  MFK Fisher The Art of Eating


This quote by one of my favorite writers very much sums up how I feel. I have always loved to cook and read and gather my people around me in the warm kitchen where everyone can participate if they want or they can just sit and chat and sip wine and take it all in. I love a kitchen filled with music, laughter, interesting conversations. Kids and pets are welcome. We are a convivial bunch over in my kitchen and most everyone is welcome anytime.

My name is Mary Jo Landry. I was born and raised in the South and hospitality and storytelling are in my blood. Upon making a bold move 23 years ago out to Northern California, 3000 miles away from lifetime friends and family, I found I was comforted by preparing my favorite foods from home. If I was hungering for Pimiento Cheese for example, well I had to make it. I found myself pickling things and making fried chicken and hoppin’  john. My California family soon started requesting the fried chicken and black-eyed peas. Sunday dinners became a thing at my house. I started this little blog just to keep a record of old favorites and new favorites and failures and successes….well there aren’t that many failures that can’t be saved in some way or another and some of those mishaps became favorite recipes.

So after a long hiatus away from Fog City Kitchen I feel like I’m ready to come back and interact in this space again. So if you are new to the site come in and I hope you enjoy. Drop me a line I love to hear feedback. And if you are an old friend welcome back!