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I’m so glad that you’re here.

This is a place to learn, celebrate, and share stories about inviting our family, friends, and community into our homes, and into our lives.  It’s about gathering people around our tables to nourish bodies and souls through good food and authentic connections.  

Let’s explore how to offer the much needed gift of true hospitality – transforming our dining tables into sacred spaces that move beyond entertaining, and into a place of belonging.

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STORIES

Stories about life and learning at the table

Stories about life and learning at the table

Includes stories from my table; what I’m learning about hospitality; articles about how other people practice hospitality; and links to articles, podcasts, and videos that I find inspiring.

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RECIPES

Cooking for the people gathered at your table

Cooking for the people gathered at your table

Includes some of my favorite recipes and easy dinner menus: appetizers, breads and spreads, soup, salads, main dishes, and desserts.

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RESOURCES

Equipping you to nourish people at your table

Equipping you to nourish people at your table

Includes practical help for practicing hospitality; my best tips and advice; my favorite books, magazines, websites, and blogs about hospitality; and 8 Steps to Making a Place at YOUR Table.

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RECENT POSTS

MY FACEBOOK PAGE

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Do you know that I have a Facebook Page??? It's www.facebook.com/mycommunitytable. This page is exclusively about my passions for hospitality, community, and cooking.  I publish links to articles and videos about what other people are saying [...]

ARTICLE ON CHANGING THE WORLD WITH HOSPITALITY

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

This article by Kathy Chapman Sharp is written to my Christian brothers and sisters, but her main points about hospitality are true regardless of your religious beliefs: You don't have to be great at hosting extravagant [...]

SKILLET MEATY LASAGNA

September 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Last week I published a post that listed some resources I'm using to learn how to be a better home cook.  You can read that post HERE. One of the resources I highlighted is the [...]

TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

September 10th, 2016|0 Comments

The question I am most often asked about my weekly community dinners is "What do you cook???"  And my answer is always, "The same things that I cook for my family.  I just make more." [...]

FEATURED POSTS

TIP#3: THE BLANKET BASKET

May 18th, 2016|0 Comments

As I nourish community around my table, the blanket basket is a simple provision that fosters an atmosphere of intimacy and literal warmth. Blankets, like food, represent being cared for and loved.  They are a [...]

WHY PERFECT MEANS EMPTY

March 31st, 2016|0 Comments

I love to set a beautiful table.  It makes me happy. But setting a beautiful table is the easy part.  It's a controlled environment.  I can place everything exactly how I want it. However, if [...]

WHY COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  If you missed it, you [...]

MEET CARLA

February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

"I was raised in Idaho, in a small town of 2,400 people.  I don't want to move back," Carla laughs, "but as I made my home in San Diego I missed knowing people in my [...]