The Charm of Country Inns

Sometimes a hotel just doesn’t cut it.  They can be too big, too noisy, bad location, or bad food.  A quaint and picturesque Country Inn or even a grand Victorian mansion turned into a Bed and Breakfast is another choice when traveling this summer.  Bed and Breakfasts sometimes only offer breakfast, but some will also […]

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It’s O-S-C-A-R!

It’s that time of year again – baseball and hot dogs!  Can’t you already hear the crack of the bat and the smell of hot dogs roasting?  I know my husband looks forward to baseball season and always has high hopes for his Cubbies.  My dad was a huge Cubs fan, too, so I have […]

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Cafe Beaujolais

Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, California is legendary.   It was a popular local hangout, but also the kind of place where people would drive for hours to reach and enjoy the incredible food.  Author of this cookbook, and owner of Cafe Beaujolais, Margaret Fox explains in the first few pages why this is not just a cookbook.  […]

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Aunt Thora’s Spoons

Have you ever just touched something or held it in your hands, and it made the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  Just a weird feeling?  Not a bad feeling at all, just familiar somehow but you can’t explain it?  That’s how I felt the first time I touched my Great-Great Aunt […]

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Food and Styles from Weddings of the Past

June marks the beginning of the summer weddings.  “Wedding Styles” was published in 1985, so I didn’t buy it for my own wedding which would have been almost ten years earlier, so I think it was the photos of the wedding cakes that I was interested in at the time.  Even though this is not a cookbook, […]

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Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 6-7-10!

The cookbook give-away for this week of June 7th, seemed to me that it had to be something Chicago.  In the last month, the Chicago area enjoyed having the winners from American Idol and Biggest Loser, and now, the Blackhawks are trying to make it to the Stanley Cup finals.  This is a great cookbook […]

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Pepper-Herb Crust

These are so fabulous!  You can rub the herb mixture over the chops in the morning, cover them with plastic wrap, and they are all ready to grill for dinner!  Grilled Lamb Chops with Pepper-Herb Crust 1 Tablespoon freshly ground black pepper1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon sweet paprika3/4 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon dried mintPinch of cayenne […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: A Refreshing Citrus Drink for Summer

What can beat a nice cold drink on a hot summer’s day?  This drink is filled with citrus juices and fresh mint.  I make it all summer long! Citrus Mintade 3 cups cold water2 cups fresh orange juice1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice1/2 cup fresh lime juice1/4 cup fresh lemon juice1 cup loosely packed fresh […]

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