Janelle Maiocco


Welcome to my blog. I live in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle on an Urban Farm (w/ five laying hens and a huge garden). I am a trained chef (w/ a certificate in food preservation), taught at a cooking school & like to share 'kitchen hacks' - culinary tips that save time, money & maximize flavor. If that isn't enough, I also run a food+tech startup called Barn2Door.com - a platform to help everyone easily find & buy food directly from farmers, fishers & ranchers (from CSA's to urban farm eggs to 1/2 a grass-fed cow).

The Mayonnaise Jar

The Mayonnaise Jar

coffee shop
coffee shop

This humble little poem/story found its way to my in box a few months back. It stayed in my in box. I don't know who the original author is, so cannot give due credit---but whoever you are: thanks. It is fantastic, and I had to share:

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem, almost too much to handle,

When 24 Hours in a day is not enough,

Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class

and had some  items in front of him.

When the class began, without a word,

he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar

and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students, if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured

them into the jar.   He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open Areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table

and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling

the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided,

I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - Family, Children, Health, Friends, and Favorite Passions

Things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and  car.

The sand is everything else --The small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,'  He continued,

'there is no room for  the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,

You will never have room for the things that are really important to you.


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play With your children.

Make time to get medical checkups.

Take your partner out to dinner.

Visit your parents.

There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawns.

'Take care of the golf balls first -- The things that really matter.

Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled......  'I'm glad you asked'.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,

there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

Food apps... and I don't mean 'appetizers'

Food apps... and I don't mean 'appetizers'

Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Flourless Chocolate Cake.