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Crazy Delicious

Whenever a holiday is approaching or a dinner party is planned, you can find me surrounded by open cookbooks on all sides.  Pages torn from Food & Wine or Gourmet magazines litter the floor like autumn leaves.  I pore ...

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Something Out of Nothing

How do you make something out of nothing? You combine equal parts time, imagination and joy. Mix well, bake and voila! Sprinkle with a little silliness, if desired, and enjoy! I think, my favorite people are those who can make ...

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Easter Grain Pie

I sip my coffee on this Saturday morning and the house is quiet – except for the cookbooks screaming at me from the shelves in my home office. “Why are we still sitting here closed?! We should have been cracked open days ago! Lists ...

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Small Plates

Good things, really wonderful things don’t usually wash over you like a tsunami wave all at once and in abundance but, rather, come in small bits – a little taste here, a dribble or drop there, like a crack in the wall of the mundane. ...

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Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

I received another email from my Dad. They come with some regularity now. He and my Mom have moved into assisted living and to say he is having trouble adjusting is a bit of an understatement. His messages are disjointed, angry and ...

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Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes Don’t tell them to grow up and out of it Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange . . . . . .   For many years, our dining room was the setting for every ...

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For the Love of Dog

Your dog will never wake up one day and decide he doesn’t love you any more. He’ll love you no matter your age or weight or mood on any given day. He’ll look at you adoringly when you come home from work, throw on your sweats, have a ...

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Catfish

Some would say the world is full of liars and fools and I guess to some extent, that’s true. There are the predators and the prey – those that spend their time looking to get over on somebody else and the poor, trusting souls who just ...

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Living Vicariously

The airplane’s wheels touched down at 7:30AM in Paris, my favorite city, and I couldn’t wait to hit the ground running. My friend, Lori, who had moved to France several months earlier was waiting for me with strong coffee and pain au ...

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The New York Slice

Pizza. I’ve had a love affair with it for as long as I can remember. Born and raised in New York and being of Italian descent, I’ve eaten some incredible pizza. Now, I live in Virginia and have yet to find a slice that can compare. The ...