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Don't Be Qualmy: Edamame

7 September 2014 | Edamame? Not my mommy. OK, done. The point is that even though the podded bean has been trendy for a while - others know this better than I - some (like Mom) are resistant to try it. And some, like me, enjoy eating when it happens but don't yet see it as a staple. Only when forced by a recipe. Here's one that, I swear, will make the cook proud and the eaters delighted... [more]

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Drool Much? Try This Stout Steak

31 August 2014 | He said it was the best meal he'd ever eaten. Great praise, considering the 90,000-plus meals he's consumed in eight decades of life. Except he's a guy known to have perfected the art of the overblown compliment. You look fantastic! Yet we accept his It's been a pleasure! because Unc is one of those people who makes you feel good just being around them. But I had to agree... [more]

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How About a Full Kale Massage?

24 August 2014 | Yes, we all know all about kale: It's good for you. It's everywhere. It makes some people roll their eyes because now it's "trendy." But, but... Can it sub for salad greens? I had a great entrée salad in the works and one of the farmer's market regulars suggested it could. If you embrace the massage... [more]

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Goodbye, Bud Vase; 4 Water Pumps Are Enough

17 August 2014 | My little yellow pal has been around for ever so long. Some folks keep cars for decades. One of our neighbors drives a '60s-era diesel Peugeot and not for classic car shows. So I get driving 'til they drop. But it's time. Nine years. 135,000 miles. A three-week-old alternator. Four water pumps. It's had a good run, gotten me around through several ups/downs, thicks/thins... [more]

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