Homage to Dot

On Sunday, my precious friend Dot, gave up her struggle to live.  For the past 3 years and 4 months, I’ve had the privilege of knowing, and cooking for her. She was definitely a fellow foodie, with a very well equipped kitchen.  See, I just can’t stop talking about food!

Dot definitely touched everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.  She left a legacy of loving kindness, and in addition had a fabulous sense of humor.  She was one of those people that have a magical “gravitational” pull.  For her, life was always about family and friends, and the ranch.

When I was with Dot at the ranch, there was always something interesting going on with food.  She was looking for new recipes to try, or I was developing new recipes for her.  She also shared a number of her longstanding favorite recipes with me, and they are worth sharing with you, once more.

For the best ever coleslaw, especially if you’re like me, and not a coleslaw lover: Coleslaw.

For sauerkraut lovers:  Sauerkraut and Bacon Casserole.

For everyone:  Peach Cobbler.

For some great spring pictures of the ranch, click here.  And, I just found more pictures for end of spring, click here.

Dot requested her family and friends to have a celebration of her life, and it will be this week.  There are always people who remain a part of you.  Dot is definitely one of those people in my life.


  1. Patti says:

    The quality of her life the last few years was much better because of you. Your food, made with love for her nourished her body and her heart.
    Thank you for your loving care all these years.

  2. Kathy says:

    Well said Lani!

  3. Nina says:

    What a lovely tribute to your friend of many years. You were mutually fortunate to have spent time together and I know that you learned a lot from Dot. I’m sure Dot enjoyed life more for the nourishment and good company you provided her and her family. May she rest in peace.

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