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New Year, New You

  I say this every year, but usually I tell myself I am going to do twenty things I’ve never done before every single day and by day four, when one of those things doesn’t get done, I usually just ...

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A Cherry Cocktail to Delight the Senses

  The last year (or so) has been unique in so many ways. Most of them are bad ways. Pretty much all of them. However, one of the good things was that many of us found ourselves with enough free time ...

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All About Asparagus

  Spring has arrived and with it comes one of my favorite vegetables: asparagus! While asparagus is luckily usually found year-round in grocery stores, like most produce, it has a peak season. You ...

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Get the Kids in the Kitchen for Mother's Day

Growing up, were you the kid who helped your mom in the kitchen or did you just show up to the table when it was time to eat? If I had to pick one, it was definitely showing up to eat. However, I ...

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Gumbo YaYa: A Lesson in the Louisiana Soup

  Once we are able to safely travel again, New Orleans is at the top of my list, specifically for Jazz Fest which is hopefully happening in the fall. Not only does this city have the most amazing ...

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A Slice of Pie Goes a Long Way

The fall weather has finally hit Chicago and I don’t know about you, but I cheated and grabbed my first bit of pumpkin spice September 1st. And I fully admit it, it was a latte. At this point it’s ...

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Meat Pie Madness

One of my earliest memories is visiting my grandmother in northern Louisiana at Christmastime. She lived in a rural town with just one stoplight. Every year, we'd make the trip "to town" to watch the ...

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Going Off Book

When a theatrical production is preparing to begin its rehearsals, the moment when the process really begins is referred to as ‘going off book.’ This means that the actors have memorized their lines ...

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