The Way to the Heart…

I would venture to guess that most of you have heard the old American idiom, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” While variations of this sentiment have been used throughout history, the thought behind it has always been that if a young woman cooks a good meal for her suitor, she will have his heart forever. Personally, I think it’s time for another update, frankly because it leaves out an entire class of God’s other creatures who, IMHO, are just as passionate as the guys are when it comes to food that has been prepared for them.

I mean, come on… just last week I was totally enamoured by a pork loin roast my husband lovingly grilled for me on a cold, dark night. And what about dogs? I know food definitely pulls on their big heart strings, because the last time I opened our treat drawer (ours, as in my chocolate bars and nuts live there, too), the “Poo” gave me a look that said, “You are the best dog mom in the world, and I will love you until the end of my days!”

So how about it – let’s change that tired old saying from “The way to a man’s heart…” to 

“The way TO A HEART is through THE stomach.”

It’s time, don’t you think?

Bean Heart

Rancho Gordo Rio Zape Heirloom Beans photographed on an antique aluminum tray.
Photo ©2012 Landon Creative. All Rights Reserved.

Speaking of time, 2 years ago when the idea for CULINARY EDEN first began to gestate within my brain (or was it my stomach?), I made it a habit to jot down ideas for stories such as this as soon as they popped into my head. I wanted to be ready to roll with my blog when the time was right. Yes, I’m quite aware that the internet is saturated with almost as many food, travel, art and photography blogs as there are people on this planet. However, since I’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to develop my unique point of view, I have finally decided that it would be crazy to dump all of my efforts and not to go forward with this thing.

Of course, the fear monster periodically raises his ugly head and makes me question if what I’m doing is truly different enough… Will you really want to read what I have to say, eat my food, love my poodle, and go to the places that I think are great? If I feed you from my heart, will you love me forever?

A couple of good friends (and the One who guides me during the dark of the night) have assured me that because I am me, and because no one else writes or thinks exactly like me, the unique part is already covered. And, as they remind me, I will connect with my reader’s because, as the NEW saying goes…

“The way to the heart is through the stomach.”


  1. Great site my friend!!

  2. Great introduction, loved your new take on “The way to a man’s heart etc”.. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks so much, Cindy! I’m looking forward to sharing more stories with you. Thanks, again, too, for asking to share it with your Facebook friends. So appreciative of your help to get this out there!

  3. I will love you forever, wonderful blog concept. And I have subscribed to it through: Many Hugs!

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