Welcome to my kitchen. Come on in. Have a cup of tea and a homemade whole wheat scone. They’re tender, flavorful, and delicious, if I do say so myself.

Whole wheat cranberry apple scones and tea

Whole wheat cranberry apple scones and tea

Looking for recipes featuring whole grains and real, whole foods? You’ll find them here. Cooking with fresh vegetables and fruits that are as close to the farm as I can get is almost as easy as opening cans and boxes. Plus, they taste so much better!

Here, too, you will find tips on cooking fast and making the most of your food budget. We all want to save time and money, right?

Heart of the home

In my childhood, kitchens were the heart of every home. There, the good scents, laughter, earnest discussions, problem-solving, and yes, occasionally political activism, all took place.

The kitchen table was more than a dining table. It was sewing table, desk, work-bench, conference table, counseling center, at times, local political action headquarters, and always a place of hospitality and good conversation.

You’ll find plenty of that here in YayYay’s Kitchen, too, under the heading Coffee Klatch. Most has to do with food and food security, including where our food comes from, how it’s grown, and what a lot of people are doing to assure our children and grandchildren have plenty of fresh, wholesome food, clean water and air on which to thrive in the decades to come, despite the specter of global warming that hangs over their future.

From time to time, I’ll post special letters to my grandchildren, because this site is part of my legacy to them–a compendium of the recipes they love, fun times together, and musings about their day-to-day. How I wish my grandmothers had left such a treasure trove for me and my siblings to find!

Best of all, here you will find ways to make cooking a fun part of daily family happenings. After all, if food is the fuel that runs our bodies and keeps us healthy, we might as well enjoy making it together, don’t you think, and make it part of our soul fuel as well.

We can grow a good future for and with our children if we all work together, starting with what we put on our table for supper.

What’s on your plate?


  1. Hi there Kathryn! Well let me tell you that whatever is on my table doesn’t look like what’s on yours. Your food pictures are gorgeous. The directions you gave for the whole wheat biscuits on Baking 101 are so clear, I think I could make them. I would, however, have to spend a day shopping at Williams and Sonoma.
    And, what I like even more than your cooking expertise, is your writing. You are fun to read. Thanks for inviting me into your kitchen.

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    • I’m blown away that you chose me for this beautiful award. Thank you so much! I regret to have to tell you that I do not participate in blogging awards. Please pass it on to someone who will be as thrilled as I am to be so honored and who can respond wholeheartedly to the challenge.

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  2. Your scones above look very tasty. Also the photographs of other meals are very intreaging.
    It would be good just to sit down and eat.

    Alas cooking according to some recipe requieres careful shopping and skill. You need a lot of time for both, I suppose.

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    • Thank you, Christen. It certainly can take more time than going out to eat. I strive constantly to find ways to make eating in almost as easy. Even so, the rewards of preparing food together and sitting down as a family, whether it’s a family of two or ten, are many.


  3. Hi Kathryn Grace!

    Thank you so much for visiting and following my photography blog; thingsunderstood.wordpress.com. I really appreciate your support and interest in my photography! I look forward to sharing some new work soon.

    Have a great new week,
    Jacqueline 🙂

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