We all need to feel welcome and accepted, and with the world how it is these days now more than ever. Its that time of year to be especially grateful for the people in your life that accept and love you as you are and to appreciate the gift of good company, good conversation and of course good food! One of my absolute favorite places to spend time is in this little cottage with eclectic New Zealand flare, only it sits on a lake in the quiet corner of Connecticut. When you open the door, the aroma from kitchen instantly pulls you in and breaks down the stresses from the day. My dear friend Lisa is usually in the kitchen whipping up something fresh and delicious and that makes you feel so welcome and excited with anticipation of the first bite of whats for dinner or even just afternoon tea.
Born and raised in New Zealand and having lived in Hawaii, California, and now on the East Coast, Lisa's appreciation for combining different flavors translates into some of the most mouthwatering dishes. Always with the freshest ingredients from her garden, with pestos to die for and raspberry jam you will crave until the next season brings more fruit. Sometimes she will even have treats like fresh lemons sent to her from her dear friends lemon tree in California. She is always finding a way to bring friends and food together.
Lisa is not just an artist in the kitchen,
she loves to paint, and her most recent passion is the rare art of shoe making. She makes beautiful custom leather shoes in her studio.
The house is always full of life. Her husband Jeff Davis is usually practicing or teaching traditional folk music, or playing the banjo with other equally as talented world class musicians. Meanwhile, Lisa is preparing some tea and something delightful for the many travelers and friends who come from all over the world. Although if your preference is a cup of coffee, that would be Jeff's department. He only shops locally and prefers Ben's Bean's coffee roasters in little Putnam CT. He grinds the beans for every cup with love, and it could quite possibly be one of the best cups I've ever had.
They are always surrounded with such wonderful people; full of creativity, passion, intelligence, and wonderful and inspiring stories. Lisa once told me that she looks at it as though she is "Collecting Good People" and that its something that brings her "so much joy".
The colorful and artistic food coupled with the folk music, art, and gardens all make everyone feel welcomed and loved in their home. You never know who you might meet there; from famous composers, to triathletes and sailors, writers or organic farmers. It is truly a place to come and sit and slow down. To eat and share good values and conversation, and embrace the feeling of welcome. Something to be cherished.
This time of year we celebrate friends and family and those who have transcended from one to the other. This year I am grateful for them, for their love and acceptance of everyone they meet, and for so many years ago collecting me into their hearts! Cheers!