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Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:38 am
Remember the tale of The Little Red Hen? The plucky chicken finds some grains of wheat. She asks her barnyard buddies if they’ll help plant them, but none are willing. The same thing happens whe...
Thursday, June 17, 2010 01:40 am
What does grilling bring to mind? Brats, burgers, or steak? Chicken or shrimp? But most vegetables are good for grilling, too.For omnivores, grilled vegetables can be the focal point of the meal, an a...
Friday, June 11, 2010 01:40 am
Obsessive compulsive disorder – a.k.a. OCD. It’s become one of those “in” conditions people use to describe themselves or others. Like depression, OCD can be a genuine clinical...
Thursday, June 3, 2010 01:09 pm
 The sweet-sour vinegary smell hit me as soon as I got off the school bus. I wrinkled my nose, wishing I could get back on the bus and go someplace – anyplace – else. Nana was making ...
Thursday, May 27, 2010 09:41 am
It was one of my special childhood summertime treats: The Route 66 Drive In on South Sixth Street. Truthfully, most of my remembrances are less about the movies than the playground. Its main attractio...
Thursday, May 20, 2010 05:53 pm

KFC’s Double Down. McDonald’s Third Pounder. Taco Bell’s Fourth Meal. The Golden Corral’s all-you-can eat barbequed ribs, fried chicken, desserts and more.

It’s an all-out war. A fierce, raging battle. On one side are those who are working to modify American eating habits to become healthier and more sensible in order to combat what have become epi...
Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:26 am
Rhubarb: it’s a leafy vegetable that makes such delicious pie that early Americans called it “the pie plant.” It’s a beautiful perennial in the garden: forming a four- or five-...
Thursday, May 6, 2010 03:15 pm
It was our dining Bible when my husband was in dental school in Chicago: The Good But Cheap Chicago Restaurant Guide. Because of TGBCCRG, we ate out frequently, even with little money and a baby-then-...
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:07 am

The growing history of Jefferies Orchard

Our yard is achingly beautiful in spring – especially the mostly wooded west side. Delicate blooms of spring beauties, Dutchman’s britches, and dog-toothed violets form a carpet of white. ...
Thursday, April 22, 2010 06:04 am
I’m somewhat ambivalent about Earth Day. It’s not that celebrating the earth is a bad idea. But one day a year – or even one week – hardly seems adequate. After all, humans are...


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