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Feathering the Nest: New Blog Design

Soon. Very soon. Like the next time you see a post from me with a recipe for Veal Chop Saltimbocca, it will be on a beautiful new page being developed right now by Anchored Design. In the meanwhile, I wanted to share this video with you. While I have been feathering my own nest here […]

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7 Drive Me Crazy Food Foibles

I try not to sweat the small stuff and in the overall scheme of things, this qualifies. Even still, I felt the need to pour a cup of coffee and vent a bit. It was the Jan/Feb issue of Saveur that brought this make-me-crazy rant to the forefront, which is probably old news to you by […]

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Keeping The Feast: Book Review

All food, all the time, that’s my motto. These last months have seemed saturated with food, either for the cookbook or the string of birthdays and holidays of late. Cooking magazines have begun to take up residence on the coffee table, hoping to be freed from their plastic shroud before another season slips away. My habit […]

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So You Want to Write a Cookbook

I’m not the first and certainly won’t be the last to memorialize a writing experience, by well, writing about it. I have dreamed of writing a cookbook for years. Most of my adult life. The promise of printing a cookbook from a list of collected recipes was one of the reasons I purchased the software […]

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7 Ways to Love Your Valentine Beyond the Holiday

Valentine’s Day was the first holiday to roll around when my husband and I started dating, this will be our 27th. He made quite an impression that first year with gifts, perfume, flowers, dinner … our relationship was new, and he was in wooing-mode. We were married later that year, and as usual, enthusiasm for […]

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It’s a Matter of Taste: Supertasters and Food Preference

Are you ever confused by recipe comments that go something like this? “This was bland, needed to add …” When the next comment is: “We loved it, can’t wait to make it again!” Or the range of opinions over a single entree. “Too sweet.” “Too spicy!” “Perfectly seasoned.” How is it possible the same recipe is […]

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Savoring Words with 12 Useful Writing Sites: Feature Fridays

I savor choice words like fine wine and soul-satisfying food. Word games, word puzzles, word pictures, you name it, I’m there. So when I stumbled upon this Daily Zen List of 12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing, I had to share. I know my fellow word nerds will understand (and thank me). Check it out, […]

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Summer Refuge

In May, just about the time everyone was ready to plunk their plants in the ground, we had an awful hail storm. Devastating, in fact, to anyone or any nursery with unprotected plants and Lowe’s was one of them. Some nurseries simply discarded the damaged plants and filed an insurance claim, but Lowe’s put them […]

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Guest Post by Barb at Just a Smidgen: Spicy Mexican Taco Bites

Our guest today is Barb, a.k.a. Smidge, at Just a Smidgen Barb writes an eloquent and elegant blog—I promise you, a single visit will bring beauty to your world. Decor, recipes, DIY projects, photography, and poetry are all woven with a common theme of intentionally celebrating everything beautiful in life. You will recognize her passion for […]

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Guest Post by John, from the Bartolini kitchens: Ramps Pesto

Our guest today is John at from the Bartolini kitchens  John’s engaging stories and shared family recipes are like reading a letter from a friend. I rarely sit down to read his posts without coffee in hand, just to remind myself to linger. I have often thought how fun it would be to step into his […]

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