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Paths to Fitness: Peanut butter cookies

If we’re lucky, the loss of an old favorite leads to a new delight. Take tubs of Marantha crunchy peanut butter at Costco, for example. First we assumed they had moved it again, then we desperately searched, then we asked—only … Continue reading

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What day is it?: Smokey Chicken and Green Onion Quesadillas

Chicago, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? I was hanging out the sheets the other day when I realized that it wasn’t Saturday, I was a day early. Before the lockdown, I knew it was Saturday because I … Continue reading

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Taking Sides: Thai panang curry with salmon and red yams

Nature Boy, Nat King Cole We tend to choose sides when it comes to nature: baby hippo over crocodile, chipmunk over hawk, fiddlehead fern over blackberry, round and furry over slick and scaly. When I’m standing on the edge of … Continue reading

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Dueling normals: Braised pork shoulder

As I get older, I continue to learn that things change. Children grow up and begin new lives, babies are born, loved ones die, body parts ache, energy dwindles, and relationships grow richer. What I didn’t count on is the … Continue reading

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Girls’ softball: Sioux City Coney Island dogs

I grew up with sports as background. Every summer weekend, Daddy would turn on the console radio and listen to Dizzy Dean call a Yankees game—in the fall, it was a football game, in the winter, it was boxing. So … Continue reading

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Correction/addition to my post today

I left out an important word in my sentence about deaths in our extended family. The sentence should have read: There were two deaths in my extended family this week: my daughter’s long-time dog friend and my friend’s younger brother. Sorry for … Continue reading

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Notes from the hunker bunker: Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Rest in peace, Bill Withers. If I were another kind of person, I would miss the whirl of my social life—but there never was much of a whirl. I do miss seeing my swim lane friends, chatting with Judy, swimming … Continue reading

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Shelter: Ranger cookies

If I were a different kind of person, I would have us listen to You’ll Never Walk Alone, but instead, here’s the Rolling Stones and Gimme Shelter. Shelter sounds so much more pleasant than confine. Shelter evokes a cozy fire, at least … Continue reading

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Hunker down: Biscuits

Stevie Wonder, Love’s In Need Of Love Today I’m not much of a baker—takes more discipline that I am usually able to muster. That said, when I wanted to make Irish soda bread to eat with corned beef and cabbage but … Continue reading

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Customer Service: Oxymoron? Curried red lentils with sweet potato and spinach

Sade, Smooth Operator Not long ago I ranted about my inability to open almost any new purchase, from eyedrops to garden snippers, without drawing blood. Today’s rant is about customer service. To begin with, I think ad men should come … Continue reading

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