Dear Winter: I Am SO Over You

When I close my eyes, I can see the white sandy beach being softly lapped by azure blue waters, surrounded by palm trees. I can feel the warmth of the sun and the soft breeze on my face. Then I open my eyes and see the white piles of snow being shaped by wind-driven waves…
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It’s All About Who You Know

A common piece of advice for writers is “write what you know.” The wisdom of that advice — often attributed to Ernest Hemingway — is debated in literary circles, but I won’t get into that discussion today. The truth is, having been at the Daily Globe for 27 years now and spending the majority of…
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In The Mood For Italian

Lately, I’ve been craving lasagna. My tastebuds begin to water at the thought of noodles layered with spicy meat sauce and creamy cheese. Yum. But when I make lasagna, it’s a multi-hour endeavor, as I figure if I’m going to go to all that work, I might as well make several pans to stash in…
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Low And Slow

If I had to name one kitchen appliance that I could put to better use more often, it would have to be the slow cooker. Sure, Hubby Bryan and I use it for cooking up a roast on a Sunday afternoon, and Bryan’s slow cooker beef stew is one of our favorites during the cold…
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Put Cookie Baking On The Calendar

When my late mother, Dorthy Rickers, was the food columnist for the Daily Globe, each year in her Mixing & Musing column she wrote an annual Christmas letter to her granddaughters, Gretchen, Ingrid and Alexis. I continue the tradition with the next generation, Gretchen’s children, Mason and Millie. Dear Mason & Millie, Oh my, how…
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