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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:01 am
 It’s one of the oldest beverages in the world – almost certainly the oldest alcoholic beverage. There are references to it in some of the earliest writings discovered in ancient Sumeria and...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 These are homey desserts, comforting sweets best served warm and perfect ways to counter end-of-winter blues. Two are cherished family recipes; the other a recent find.     I stum...
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 As I write this, the temperature is minus 1 degree. But the forecast high for Feb. 13, the day this Illinois Times comes out, is 41 degrees. That’s the warmest it will have been for ages, and...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 Sure, you can go out on Valentine’s Day – millions do. And if you have kids at home and can send them to their grandparents or to a movie with a babysitter, it’s probably the best way to h...
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 “The Art of Hand-Tossed Pizza! The All New Hand-Tossed Pizza! Pizza Will Never Be the Same!” –Slogans from a national pizza chain’s newest ad campaignI thought of those slogans as I was...
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am
 Consider the olive. The olive tree has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years, starting in the eastern Mediterranean. Trees can live and bear fruit for as long as 1,000 years. The Greek word...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Have you ever seen a film so powerful, so mind-boggling, so eye-opening that you had the urge to rush out and grab total strangers off the street and insist they see it, too? To think that it sh...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am
“-31 DEGREE WIND CHILL!!!......-31 DEGREE WIND CHILL!!!.....-31 DEGREE WIND CHILL!!!” –Recent post from my son’s Facebook page My son, Robb, moved to Brattleboro, Vt. in November. He’s...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
 It’s that time of year again. Whether or not there’s a specific diet in your immediate future, if you’re like me, you’re ready for some lighter fare after holiday indulgences. There’s...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 “Ushers hurriedly passed tiny baskets of yellow grapes. A loud solemn gong began booming. Each head bent, gobbling their grapes. All around me I heard sputtering and choking. [Edmundo] was fra...

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