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A LESSON IN LINERS

By Nan Recently my brother got me excited about some new cupcake papers he found at his local kitchenware shop. Imported from Sweden, they are made from heavier paper than traditional liners. The promise is that you can use them … Continue reading

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A Taste of the Art of Butchering

by Jan What would you do if you were invited to a meat butchering class? Honestly, there is a bit of an ick factor with the thought of handling raw meat. With all of my culinary training, I have never … Continue reading

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Of Gherkins and Huckleberries

by Nan When it comes to food and cooking, curiosity is my middle name. Although I don’t get as bizzare as Andrew Zimmern, , when I see something new and different, I generally want to try it.

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Nan on the Road: Peruvian Drink Picks

by Nan “Salud!” we cheerfully said many times, and in many awesome places, as Wayne and I traveled across Peru last February. These three unusual and exhilarating thirst-quenchers, all native to Peru, tickled our fancy the most:

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Quinoa, Peruvian Style

by Nan Browsing through food magazines lately, I’ve noticed that just about every one of them contains a story or a recipe featuring grain-like quinoa (keen-WHA). To most Americans, these tiny off-white, millet-sized granules are a trendy new food. But … Continue reading

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A Rose by Another Name, More Eating in New Orleans

by Jan We had an unexpected experience on our recent trip to New Orleans  which was both pleasurable and a big surprise–dining at a Vietnamese restaurant, called Nine Roses in Gretna, LA (in  Jefferson Parish about 20 minutes drive from … Continue reading

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Eating in New Orleans

by Jan My husband John and I just returned from a trip to New Orleans or NOLA, as it is sometimes called. The food is as good as ever. It was great to see that the vibrancy of the city … Continue reading

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Winter Chocolate Fix

January can be hard on the psyche–cold, drab, dreary–even in Florida where I’m visiting now. On a recent Florida “snow” afternoon (aka. downpour rain), I ”played” indoors, pouring over Sarabeth Levine’s new cookbook entitled Sarabeth’s Bakery.

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If the Christmas Cookies Could Talk

by Nan Thankfully, Monday December 13 was bright and sunny, albeit frigid, and a great day for our Cousin’s Cookie Baking Day. The original plan to bake the previous Saturday had been put on hold as a fast-moving blizzard blanketed … Continue reading

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Watching the Parade Pass By

by Jan Tradition! Many of us can hum a few bars of the song by that name from the popular musical play and movie  “Fiddler On The Roof.” We all have our traditions. Many are centered around family events or … Continue reading

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