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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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The Magic of Mac & Cheese: Beer!

10 August 2014 | Macaroni and cheese always meant one of two things: powder or pouch. As a mom of small children, it became a staple - gotta get 'em to eat something! I felt like a parenting pro by turning up my nose to powder: a dusty substance that "turned into" cheese when added to hot, moist noodles. Indeed, our family preferred Deluxe... [more]

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With Friends Like These, We Get Mangoes!

27 July 2014 | When friends make the effort to present a gift of food, you simply must get creative. So it was that two fresh mangoes, from the tree in their Florida yard, made it to our house in time for a terrific summer salad. The easiest part - for us - was acquiring the mangoes. The hard part? The cutting... [more]

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