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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:01 am
 “I know you’re not an elitist,” my husband, Peter, said. “But do you ever worry that you come across that way to readers?” Peter’s question arose from a conversation he’d had with...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:25 am
 Savory: (sā'væ-rē)(In the world of cuisine) food belonging to the category that is salty and spicy rather than sweet. [i.e. not sweet]Both of these recipes can be a delicious main course or...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:01 am

Why it’s important to keep on coming

 It’s a scene that remains crystal clear from my produce farm (aka truck garden) days.It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was stormy that entire summer. Most fields had to be replanted...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:01 am
 “Hi, Mom! Hey, how much do chicken wings cost at the store? Some guys are coming over tonight to play cards, and I want to make hot wings. I’m going to have to get them at the groc...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:01 am
 In June I ate a multi-course meal at Niche, one of St. Louis’ most highly acclaimed and innovative restaurants. Each course was beautifully presented, some components having been delicately pl...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:01 am
 “This is incredible,” I said to Lindsay Record. Record has long been a driving force in the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA), a primary proponent of local, sustainable farming. I’d call...
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:01 am
 Have you ever eaten new potatoes – potatoes with skins so thin they scrub off easily with a vegetable brush, with flesh so lusciously creamy it’s almost decadent? You might be surprised to l...
Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:01 am
 Summer is a time for sauces that are fresh and light and don’t require lots of time standing over a hot stove. (I’m designating BBQ sauce as a separate category.) The first four recipes call...
Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:01 am
 Some call it liquid salad. That’s understandable, but there’s a lot more to gazpacho than a glass of V8, though you might never know it from some of the gazpachos that show up on summer menu...
Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:01 am
 The delectable smell of frying chicken got me out of bed early every Fourth of July. Well, that and the M-80 firecracker (made to simulate artillery fire) my mild-mannered grandmother threw outs...

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