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Homemade hoisin sauce

Homemade Hoisin Sauce

You’ll never have store-bought Hoisin Sauce again. I hesitated making this sauce at home. The store-bought versions are so delicious and convenient. Would it be worth it to make it

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Swordfish Souvlaki

Cooked on skewers and served with yogurt and fresh salsa. Souvlaki is a Greek dish of meat or fish on skewers. Cooked under the broiler in about five minutes, the

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No Cook Pizza Sauce

Pantry Pizza Sauce This hearty pizza sauce is made with tomato paste,  parmesan cheese, fresh garlic and plenty of Italian-style spices. Honey gives it a hint of sweet, the black,

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Poached pears in a bowl

Poached Pears

Poached pears are an important ingredient in French Pear & Almond Tarte. This recipe was adapted from the How To Poach Pears article on David Lebovitz’s website.

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Colorful Christmas card made into a gift tage

Gift Tags from Old Greeting Cards

There comes a time, at the end of every celebration, to breakdown the decorations. Everything paper gets thrown away or tossed in the recycling bin. The saddest part is throwing away piles of greeting cards.

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Photo by Cathy Augello


A good friend of mine has recently become obsessed with the annual winter spectacle of crows roosting by the thousands along the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. Above is one of the many breath-taking photos she sent to me.

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Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake is popular in the U.K. It is traditionally decorated with a circle of eleven or twelve almond paste “eggs,” representing the twelve apostles. (The one missing is Judas.) This recipe was adapted from the one given to me by my British mother-in-law.

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Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway

Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway

Nashville is a big, sprawling city. However, standing in the four-block stretch of downtown known as “Honky Tonk Highway,” it feels much smaller. Here restaurants, bars, music halls, western wear stores, and souvenir shops pack ground level storefronts, the upper floors and even rooftops.

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