[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

So everyone knows kale and brussel sprouts are all the rage. I’ve been enjoying eating these salads out (though some have nailed it down better than others), and recently I thought, I can do that. I can make a kale and brussel sprout salad at home that tastes good and enjoy the health benefits at the same time.
I did a little research, came up with what I thought was the right concoction & hit pay dirt. The first time I made this, I knew it was a hit. Here goes:
Kale and …

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[24 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Missing Person

Written by the 2014 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, frenchman Patrick Modiano, this brief novel takes the reader along the narrator’s journey to learn his own identity. What we know is that early in the Paris occupation, the narrator and several others left Paris. The narrator (presumably) also attempted to escape France altogether. In a sequence of interviews and visits to vaguely familiar locals, the narrator tries to figure out who he is and what happened just prior to his memory loss more than a decade before.
By raising more questions than …

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[18 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Cheesy Apples

So I’m very late in posting this recipe, but I promise you, you need to bookmark this and save it for later. You won’t regret it.
At first, the idea of cheesy apples sounds… odd, I’ll give you that. But I guarantee that if you’ll try it, you will find the perfect meal for this to become a staple of, and you’ll never want to forget it. For me, growing up this was a part of Christmas Day Brunch – served alongside eggs, bacon and Mom’s famous tea ring – so …

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[31 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]
Year in Review :: Best of 2014

I love everyone’s year end “Best of” lists, so here’s mine – the three best reads from 2014.
Favorite contemporary fiction read from this year: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
This book had me from the start and would also qualify as the best book that took me by surprise. It is the story of a family and the terrible consequences when they lose one their members. The narrator is a young girl who lost her ‘twin’ one summer – the sister being a chimpanzee and her parents being among …

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Caramel Apple Cake

The husband of a good friend used to make a delicious apple cake from a recipe in Southern Living. I made his recipe once years ago, but recently when I had a hankering for one, I couldn’t find it. I did find something very similar that I’ve now made twice this fall. I don’t know of this one is actually better, or if it has just been so long that I can no longer accurately compare the two, but this one is darn good.
Ingredients
2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored & chopped …

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[9 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review : This Dark Road to Mercy

Last year our book club read Wiley Cash’s debut novel A Land More Kind than Home and were completely blown away. In fact, it was the highest rated book that we read last year. So, imagine our excitement when we learned he had a new book – it easily found its way onto our short list of this year’s books.
It is looking like This Dark Road to Mercy may be lowest ranked book we read this year. Major disappointment. Cash’s follow-up novel is the story of Easter and Ruby, two girls …