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Most folks are eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving, talking nostalgically about family recipes and pumpkin pie. But I just can’t get excited about the turkey.  This is not simply because I have to prepare it.  It’s because I hate turkey.   Frankly, there must be a bunch of us, secret turkey subversives, who just nod and keep our  ...

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The Berry Patch

The local berry farm closed a few years ago.  That was a sad day for me.  The farmer’s kids didn’t have the desire to keep up the family land that had for so long produced juicy strawberries in late June and then perfectly honeycombed raspberries (purple and red) right on their tail.  In late July, there’d  ...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Recipes are the currency by which generations of women define and distinguish themselves from other families.  These sometimes secret formulas, handed down from mother to daughter, are inscriptions of endearment, the personal stamp encrypted in each dish like DNA.  For my husband’s family, it’s the rutabaga recipe at Thanksgiving and the corn and  ...

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Beauty of Eating-Good food really does cure all

This weeks contribution from my sis Nancy on Clean Eating….. The biggest change to hit our house since the invention of Tivo and the discovery of Foodpanda service – is Jodi McGinty, a cross between Heidi Klum and mother nature. She makes her living in other people’s kitchens as a “whole and living foods” chef. It started with a non-specific  ...

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Remembering April Fools

Its April Fools Day and I have memories of being a kid and LOVING this day.  We would short-sheet my father;s bed.  We'd tell crazy jokes to one another and then scream "April Fools."  Life back then was a cheap thrill.  We'd go through the whole day as kids just looking for things to up-end-- to catch someone.  And at the end of the day my mother would  ...

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