Interview with the well Seasoned Librarian

I had a lovely conversation today with Dean Jones from The Well Seasoned Librarian and I was still thinking of our conversation long after it ended.

During the interview we discussed my book Kitchen Witchery. Dean asked how it evolved and what it means to be a Kitchen Witch. And we talked about the energy in the foods we eat and how we each can tap into it by setting an intention and being present to make a conscious creation. He also asked if my garden work influences my kitchen practice.I'll post a link to the interview as soon as it's live.
The last question was a wonderful exercise in imagination and I backed out of it so I'm going to answer it now.
If you could have a dinner party for up to 13 people living or dead, who would you invite and what would you serve to them?
Eating with people is one of life's greatest pleasures. To create a delicious meal, serve it, and sit down and have an intimate conversation while you eat is a joy and a privilege. Long ago I was in the capacity to hob-nob with celebrities. We shared food and conversations and the experiences are now treasured memories with the power to draw a smile when they cross my thoughts.
My dream dinner party would be in the fall. The house would be decorated in rich autumn colors and I would start with cheese boards heaping with fruits, fresh and dried, nuts, and an array of different cheeses set out for anyone passing to nibble on. Off to the side would be an assortment of rustic rolls and artisan loaves and next to those would be herbed butters and dipping sauces.
At dinner, to start everyone would have a small dish of olive oil, bread, and a light salad of mixed greens. For the meal I would provide a choice of entrees beef or pasta:Beef Bourguignon or Ravioli with butternut Squash Filling.On the table there would also be a platter of roasted root vegetables and a platter of roasted eggplant and zucchini.
And for dessert there would be vanilla bean Ice cream and a decadent, chocolaty cake.
As far as my guest list, I won't name them all because there are just too many current, fascinating writers who have influenced my thoughts and my practice. I will reveal a partial guest list which includes My dear friend Stephani Stevens and my dad who died in 2011. He would help with dinner and roll his eyes at my 'weirdo friends', then would be Carl Jung, David Bowie, Starhawk, Laurie Cabot, Selena Fox, and two authors I feel I know, though we've never actually met, Deborah Blake and Emily Carding. The others I will not disclose.


Dean is also a cook and a gardener and I found out he is also a fan of old-school horror movies, just like me, not the dead teenager types but the wonderful monster movies. Anyway it got me thinking of my favorite movies and here's a list:

What We Do in the Shadows


The Shining

Shaun of the Dead

The Host (the Korean one)

The Thing

The Babadook



The Ritual

Sleepy Hollow

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

An American Werewolf in London

Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2


Mars Attacks


Your Highness

And Witches of Eastwick, Practical Magic, Dog Soldiers, The Hunger, Brotherhood of the Wolf or Le Pacte des Loups, Ginger Snaps, Fright Night (both versions),The Lost boys, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Vamp, The Howling, All of the Aliens but especially the ones with Sigourney, Halloween, Rosemary's Baby, Jaws, Jennifer's Body

Im sure there are a few I've forgotten...