My Story, My Kitchen

Born in the South, living in the West. I don’t sweat the details.

This quote, by one of my favorite writers, very much sums up how I feel: “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.” The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher

I absolutely love a jovial kitchen filled with music, laughter, and interesting conversation. Gathering my family and friends around me while I create a delicious meal brings me nothing but joy and comfort. “My people” are always welcome to help me or they can just sit, chat, and enjoy some wine. And, of course, kids and pets are most definitely welcome.

My name is Mary Jo Landry. I was born and raised in the South where hospitality, food, and storytelling go hand-in- hand and are in my blood. Twenty three years ago, I made a bold move to Northern California 3,000 miles away from family and lifetime friends. During this enormous leap, I found I was comforted by preparing my favorite foods from home. If I was hungering for pimento cheese, I had to make it. I found myself making fried chicken and hoppin’ John and pickling. This is what brought me love and security during this life changing move. My California family soon began requesting the fried chicken and black-eyed peas. Sunday dinners became a regular event at my house.

I originally started my blog to keep a record of my old and new favorites, successes and the occasional failures, which at times, became prized recipes. After a long hiatus, I am eagerly returning to join with you in this comforting space I call “Fog City Kitchen”. If you are new to this group, welcome; I can’t wait to meet you. If you are an old friend, welcome back; I have missed you! As friends do, please feel free to drop me a line; I would love to hear your stories and feedback.



  1. Serge Kogan

    August 8, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Can’t wait to taste some of that MJ California-Southern cuisine after being exiled for 8 months in the land of potatoes, beets and cabbage!!!

  2. maryjolandry

    August 8, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Serge, I was planning on making beets and cabbage for us on Sun!!
    Just kidding…thinking more like:
    Grilled figs wrapped in prosciutto with blue cheese and balsamic
    Fava bean crostini
    Grilled shrimp and lemon
    wild local argula
    more wine
    some as yet unknown dessert…
    do you guys like all those things?

  3. Dotty

    September 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    So this is what you have been up to. Y0u are the real sneaky chef! Love this stuff. So excited! Only trouble is it will not let me post you on my blog roll. Hmmm… still working on it.

    Love you!

  4. Suzanne Bundy

    January 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Happy New Year MJ!!

  5. charlene

    February 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I am from Canada!, do you have a fb fan site?

    • mj

      February 20, 2011 at 12:39 am

      Hi Charlene. I don’t have a FB site but you can subscribe to my blog and I am on Twitter:-) Thanks for reading.

  6. Tamara Lush

    September 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Love the blog and your recipes! I so miss northern California.

    • mj

      September 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      Come visit Tam!

  7. Steve Seidensticker

    October 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    MJ hpe to see you guys soon New winter menu at Libby’s

  8. chuck

    May 29, 2012 at 2:13 am

    hey MJ
    finally got to your website–looks great!
    looking forward to trying a recipe soon
    also, mucho thanks for the link to mvm!
    will let the brothers know…

    grocery manager, beer wrangler

    • mj

      May 29, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Chuck;-) I will update it soon, it’s been so long. I really love MVM. Been shopping there for almost 18 years and I feel like you and everyone who works there are friends! Plus I need to come there for the wooley eggs!!!

  9. Emily Romaine

    August 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Very cool MJ.
    Thanks, M


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