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The Transformation of Home Ec

There are many students who have never heard of the class known as “Home Ec.” Home Economics now goes by several names, but most commonly “Family and Consumer Science.” When I worked as a high school substitute teacher in a cooking class a few years back, the students thought Home Ec sounded weird and outdated. […]

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Avon Calling! From Where??

Who would have guessed that the company with lipsticks and lotions would have a cookbook! “The Avon International Cookbook” was published in 1983. It’s just a small hardback, about the size of a magazine, but filled with some great recipes. Avon representatives from 29 countries share their favorite family recipes.  Some sound exotic, yet easy to […]

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The Time a Bear Almost Ate Me! (well, sort of..)

With spring and summer coming up, one of the first things I look forward to is fresh berries. Berries of any kind will do because they are all wonderful. I make them into jams, jellies, compotes, pies, quick breads, beverages – you name it. Berries can make just about any dish come alive with color […]

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Easter Sunday Recipe: Egg Salad For Those Leftover Eggs

Everyone seems to look for ways to use all the leftover decorated Easter eggs.  Here is my favorite egg salad.  You can use it to spread on toast rounds for an appetizer, spoon in pastry shells, or use as a sandwich filling.  Egg Salad 6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled1/4 cup finely diced celery2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Springtime Asparagus Roasted in Foil

A quick and easy way to prepare asparagus.  Just toss in the oven and it’s cooked perfectly in about 10 minutes. Springtime Herbed Asparagus Roasted in Foil 2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed4 Tablespoons lemon juice2 Tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup chopped fresh dill (or your favorite fresh herb)Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste […]

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone, and especially to my two precious daughters! This photo was taken on Easter, 1985. When the girls were little, I always made a lamb cake for them. Actually, they still like the lamb cake, and they’re not so little anymore! Here is the recipe I always used: Easter Lamb Cake 1 package […]

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What Did Daniel Webster Eat?

The Union Oyster House in Boston, Massachusetts is America’s oldest restaurant and a designated National Historic Landmark. Its doors have been open since 1826, and surprisingly, has only been owned and operated by four families. Many historic figures frequented the classic semicircular oyster bar that is still the heart of the building. The great orator […]

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Marlon Brando Lived Here

Here is a photo of my hometown, Libertyville, Illinois. If you walked straight ahead eventually you would come to the Liberty Theatre, where Marlon Brando was employed as an usher while still in high school. He was one of several famous people to come out of our small town, but most will say he was […]

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