As Eaten on TV

by Melleny T. I am a big fan of cookbooks. I’m also a big fan of eating. What I am not a big fan of, though, is cooking. But that doesn’t stop me from happily browsing cookbooks as they come through the library. I especially enjoy unusual cookbooks. (You may recall that I also enjoy […]

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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Rome: The Eternal City

by Karin T. I love Rome for its food, fashion, art, history and ancient ruins. The soaring umbrella pines. The wisteria in spring. Rome offers hundreds of paintings, sculptures, monuments and churches I want to see, and just one glorious week to see it all. But my philosophy of travel is to see a few […]

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Table for One

by Julie T. Meal Ideas for Individuals & Double Dining When I find myself foraging solo, I’m not necessarily motivated to cook. Growing up, my mom was a master of whipping up large quantities of food for our sizeable family. My siblings and I had our own, assembly-line role to play, from nuking a can […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

By Kaley C. Over the years, there have been many baking shows that captured the hearts of people. Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and Next Great Baker to name a few. But none are quite like The Great British Baking Show. I’ll admit, I’m one of the many who cannot resist tuning in to watch contestants […]

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When an Instant Pot Moves In

by Denise D. What’s for dinner? Three simple words. So much angst. What is for dinner? In my fantasies, it’s something different, yummy, healthy, quick and sure to please my picky teens. More likely, dinner is familiar, boring, processed, of dubious nutritional benefit, and likely to launch dinner table scowls. Not to mention too much […]

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Ode to Parties I’ll Never Throw

By Kristi S. Every year around this time, I am seized with the spirit of the season and decide to throw a party. I put all kinds of cookbooks on hold, plan my menu, make a playlist, and Pinterest like crazy. Then, I remember that I hate parties and am not at all social. So, […]

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The Feasting Season

by Michelle C. It’s November and you know what that means. We are in the season of feasting. My daydreams center around long, banquet-style tables filled with food. I scrounge through cookbooks and online recipes and visualize how much food I will need to make so that I can properly hibernate this winter like the […]

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What’ll You Have?

by Marie B. My first job, not counting babysitting, was waiting tables in a truck stop in Philippi, a rural West Virginia town.   Philippi was (and is) a small town with a big heart.  One can still ask, “Does anyone know what happened at the stoplight in Philippi” without causing undue consternation as to which […]

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Hey, That’s My Jam!

By Kristi S. My deep love of canning and preserving started four years ago. It was the summer quarter of culinary school and I had just made a high-stress wedding cake when I decided I needed something more relaxing. I opened up The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and instantly fell in love with the process. […]

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