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Not your child’s hot chocolate: the adult version

January 4, 2018 12:01 am0 comments
Not your child’s hot chocolate: the adult version

There is something about winter cold and fireplace heat that instructs a parent to go make hot chocolate. Cocoa was the name for it where I grew up. For an unknown reason cocoa, which was the hot version of chocolate milk, was nevertheless always referred to as “hot cocoa.” As […]

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Holiday party? Start with these easy canapes

November 30, 2017 12:01 am0 comments
Holiday party? Start with these easy canapes

Are you hosting a holiday gathering this season of parties? Are you going to a Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s party and expect to be asked to bring a little something for the table? Your gathering or theirs, the something for the table needn’t be wine or dessert. Bring […]

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Yes! Vegan, gluten-free, AND tasty holiday stuffing and gravy

November 2, 2017 12:01 am0 comments
Yes! Vegan, gluten-free, AND tasty holiday stuffing and gravy

To paraphrase a quote from beloved cartoon character “Maxine”, penned by artist John Wagner, Thanksgiving is a holiday where you give your guests the bird after they’ve told you to stuff it. Not just funny and clever, the quip pays homage to the traditional stuffing at a holiday meal, whether […]

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How to have an anti-Halloween fun time

October 5, 2017 12:01 am0 comments
How to have an anti-Halloween fun time

  Let’s grant that it’s a lot of fun on Halloween to pretend-scare yourself, family and closest friends, not to mention the littlest kids and the dog. Let’s grant, too, that spooky music, bloody hands, dark corners with spider webs, and a chance to dress up in frightening ways can […]

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Pears pair well with any meal

August 31, 2017 12:01 am0 comments
Pears pair well with any meal

As warm and as wet as our summer has been, the pear trees on the farm are over-producing and dropping fruit of all sizes with the slightest provocation. Did a bird fly by too fast? Boop! A pear hits the ground. The chickens love the bounty and the horses now […]

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No-cook desserts for summer meal; It’s too hot to bake but not to enjoy a treat

August 3, 2017 12:01 am0 comments
No-cook desserts for summer meal; It’s too hot to bake but not to enjoy a treat

Lucky us, we’re not in Arizona where last month the outside temperatures reached 110 and higher for too many days in a row. But our own high-80s and mid-90s is more than hot enough to stay away from the kitchen stove and oven. So it’s cold platters, hearty salads, and […]

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