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Take Two Tuesdays—The Birds and The Bees of Avocados

Avocados are my favorite fruits. Now, if you are like most people, I know what you’re thinking:  “Avocados aren’t fruit. They can’t be fruit. Fruit is sweet. They must be vegetables, mustn’t they?”  Actually, no. And yes. You see, there are so many theories, opinions, and disciplines involved, that depending on whose viewpoint you are […]

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This Blog Is Going To The Dogs

Aside from the two teenage boys my husband and I share, we also have two other animals living in our house. Fur babies. BIG fur babies. Boo is our Great Dane. Like most Great Danes, she is a big, sappy, cuddlepuss, who has no understanding of her size in comparison to human laps. She crawls […]

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Take Two Tuesdays….Of Angels, Nuns, and Granny

Merry Christmas, Everyone!  The Holidays are a time for making merry, celebrating what we believe, and practicing our traditions.  Whether that means going Christmas caroling, lighting a Menorah, or playing Mary in the church Nativity scene, we all have some sort of festivities in which to partake this time of year. This is also when […]

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Take 2 Tuesday—The Call of The Wild…And of The Chocolate

The capacity for being sneaky has existed for as long as mankind.  The only being with the ability to think beyond its instinct brings with it the power to choose mischief over conscientiousness, naughty over nice, and chocolate over vanilla.  The question of whether or not people are inherently good, or inherently bad is as old as the question of birth […]

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Take Two Tuesday—-Santa and The Elves Are Cookie Thievin’ Sugar Junkies

Sugar is worse than illegal drugs.  It is today what LSD was in the 1970’s.  I know this because: 1)                   I was a Director at Psych and Chemical Dependency Hospital; and 2)                   I am a Foodie who bakes.  A lot. I believe that some people are able to kick their chemical dependencies more easily than their […]

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Laissez Le Bonne Christmeusse Roulet

Anybody that has read my work for a minute knows who my biggest influence was in the kitchen.  Her repertoire wasn’t huge, but Granny taught me the basics.  As a child, I learned through her to cook with my senses—taste, smell, touch and sight—rather than by following a recipe as if it were a volatile science experiment. […]

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Tuesday Take Two: Bread Pudding And Other Southernisms…

In the South, we have a particular fondness for using terms of endearment, and we don’t reserve them just for those close to us.  We use them everywhere, at all times, and to anyone.  If we don’t know your real name, we’ll call you Sugar, Sweetheart, Sweetie, or Darlin’. If we know your real name, […]

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The Prequel To The Sequel…Thanksgiving Leftovers Ahead of Time

After Thanksgiving next week, millions of Americans will start the Thanksgiving leftover rituals. There will be turkey pot pie, turkey soup, and turkey salad sandwiches.  Some will enjoy turkey tetrazzini, creamed turkey on toast, and open faced turkey sandwiches with gravy.  There could be turkey curry, turkey stir fry, and turkey Panini.   But not in […]

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Squash Squashed

I hate squash.  Or did for the first 35 years of my life, anyway.  In fact, squash is the primary reason that I developed such a passion for the culinary arts.  I know that makes about as much sense as a fur coat in Tahiti, but it’s true. Growing up, my only exposure to squash […]

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Pie Are Square, And Other Reasons I Hated Math

I was never good at math.  Like most girls, I excelled in verbal acrobatics and science, but math and history were, well, Greek to me.  Not surprising, I guess, since so much of what we know of math was first contemplated, theorized, solved, and proved thousands of years ago in ancient Greece.  Of course, there […]

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