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.