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Sometimes it is Just Easier Said Than Done!

February 01, 2012

Even with my best intentions, my diet has not gone well. As a matter of fact my scale has gone in the wrong direction! It really wasn’t completely my fault; I had forgotten my husband, Mark’s, birthday. It happens every year so you’d think I’d remember the cake, but alas I forgot. He has to have a German chocolate cake, […]

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January Means Dealing with my Weight Gain

January 27, 2012

I have some strict rules I try to follow to avoid gaining weight, or at least to know when I do gain a little, so I can take immediate action.  I must also confess that I broke two of them, and am now dealing with the consequences. First, this summer I wore leggings with elastic waistbands. They looked great under […]

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Slowing Down My Life

January 23, 2012

As January nears its end and I think back on the holidays, I’m amazed that they are a complete blur. They are always busy with family and friends. Before I know it they have passed, and I wonder how that happened, remembering the days when Christmas seemed to take forever to arrive and lingered as if there were nothing else […]

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Soup Challenged

November 11, 2011

I like to call myself soup challenged.  I love soup but have trouble making a good one.  It’s not from lack of effort, I probably try at least once a month through the winter, but all my attempts seem to fall flat.  My soups are blah . . . they just don’t taste great. In general, I am a pretty […]

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Enjoy the Party . . . How to Entertain without Stress

September 22, 2011

          U p c o m i n g   C l a s s e s   ou’ve decided to have a party, the invitations have been sent—and then you realize how much work lies ahead: cleaning, planning the menu, shopping, cooking, arranging flowers . . . and you still don’t know what you’re going to wear!! For years […]

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Chiang Mai Walking Street

August 31, 2011

When I travel I have one thing in mind, and that is to go to the market. Food is the common denominator, but how it’s prepared and presented is unique to its location. The more exotic the locale, the more I find myself obsessed with the market, and when I think back on my travels it’s the markets that stand […]

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Looking for Something Special at the West Tisbury Market on Martha’s Vineyard

August 23, 2011

So much to see . . . but it was the color that caught my eye And then it was just the unexpected that was fun But cute is always irresistible!

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The Cheese Man

August 11, 2011

 e sold one cheese, Doux de Montagne, and talked as you tasted, explaining the flavors of each bite and why they differed. Each time someone new approached, he offered a taste  and continued to explain: “The age of the cheese and what field the cows graze in affects the subtle flavor between this one over here and the one you’re tasting.” […]

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I love farmers’ markets, I always have . . . they make me happy!

July 27, 2011

W e   h a v e   a   g i v e a w a y . . . ver since I can remember going to the Marché was a treat! I don’t know if I was attracted to all the activity, the profusion of colors, the food that made my mouth water, or if it was the people selling […]

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Remember when we couldn’t wait for summer…

July 21, 2011


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Happy Bastille Day!

July 14, 2011

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We Love Our Pets

June 29, 2011

As seen at       We entered the restaurant, La Rôtisserie du Beaujolais* on the Quai de la Tournelle (5e arrondissement), and were seated at our table, given menus, and ordered our drinks before I looked up to take the room in. A large cat was headed in my direction. She maneuvered herself on top of the banquette, stepping […]

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