People have made many positive comments about the book Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup. I am really pleased when readers get inspired to try the recipes. Here are a few recent comments:

Still reading and enjoying the book so much! I just read about the borsch and the recipe looks soooo good! I’ll definitely make that this winter with family!

She brought love and cheer to so many!!! 💖💖💖

Loving reading it Jon and Twyla.

Dinner tonight - Green Chile Stew a la ChefGail Hall with homemade sopapillas and Mexican beer. Yum!

I made Matzo Ball Soup for the first time ever tonight -  legacy of Gail Hall! I have nothing to compare it to but I thought it turned out pretty well.

My favourite strawberries are locally grown ones. Their flavour and richness just doesn't compare to the store bought ones that are so large, white and flavourless. Once you taste a local strawberry (at room temperature preferably), there's no turning back. Yes, you have to wait each year until they are available to truly appreciate what a real strawberry tastes like. If you have a freezer, buy lots of them, quick freeze them individually on cookie sheets and then store in airtight bags or containers. While fresh is still the best, frozen strawberries are the next best.

Yes, that probably caught your attention. It’s because of a must stop at Shields Date Gardens (corner of hwy 111 and Jefferson) for a date milk shake – yes, a vanilla milk shake made with date crystals (small dried date pieces). Known for their cultivation of dates, the Shields started in 1929 and produced 119 varieties of dates. They have a soda counter, retail store and theatre where you can watch the story of how dates are farmed. Now, every time I eat a date I’ll be thinking of Shields.

Date Facts

I should also mention that we went to the organic market in La Quinta that’s held on Sundays. About 20 producers, from greens, to fruits, breads and meats. We bought a porterhouse steak which we bbq for dinner tonight along with fresh yellow baby squash and bell pepper. It’s off to Phoenix tomorrow!