There are times you need to have the courage to surrender to your more tender and fragile parts and trust that you have the strength within you to grow and heal. When you are ready, you will rise from your slumber, stronger, and more beautiful than you were before.

Sometime…

Here on the Zwanegatsedijk in the Netherlands spring is in full swing. We have two big picture windows overlooking a beautiful wetlands and lake full of all kinds of waterfowl. Right now the greylag geese are all busy brooding and hatching their young. In early-April we started seeing a parade…

My mom’s twin sister, aunt Grace keeps a shoe box in her basement that contains a worn pair of pink slippers (the last thing my mom could fit her badly swollen feet into), her last hospital ID bracelet, and a few letters. My mom passed away 30 years ago, but…

Wrapped up in the covers I close my eyes to fall asleep. Just as I am about to drift off, my heart starts to beat fast and I wake up with a start. Something guards me from letting go, as if falling asleep is really a fall; off a cliff…

One morning last fall I woke up to a message from a friend who was having a hard time and started writing an epic text to her. A little later in the morning I read a message from another friend. She had written that she too was seeking help and…

The sun is just rising here at 8:40am. It’s a dramatic show of pink, purple, and orange. Our days are very short now in the Netherlands. We are quite a bit further north than I have ever lived and it makes such a surprising difference in the winter, and also…

“Is butter on chicken a thing? . . .”

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic is a standard James Beard classic with Provençal roots. It is a rustic, versatile dish and should be in every cook’s repertoire. Since day one as a personal chef…

Heather Brown

As a wellness-focused chef and breast cancer survivor reflecting on cancer and trauma recovery, food, family, and gardening.

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