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Hi there, It is one of the best growing times of the year – strawberries are ripening all over the Garden State. And the fragrance of strawberries always takes me back to my childhood. As a child our family lived at that line called the poverty level. Anything purchased at the supermarket was an extravagance.
Hi there, My friend, Elizabeth, sent me this delightful story about her mother and her aunt. I wanted to share this with you along with the scrumptious recipe for Kugel. I identify with Elizabeth’s mother having married into an Italian-American family as an outsider. And, I did the same thing as her. I cooked my
Hi there, We moved into our home in Haddonfield in 1979. It was a cold, snowy, winter day in January. But we didn’t care, we were over the moon happy to be able to make this sad, neglected house our home. We couldn’t even afford professional movers. But, our band of friends all came to
Hi there, I have a Japanese aunt. I love the reaction that always elicits when I tell someone. I can see the person looking at my face more carefully and trying to discern some trace of Japanese heritage. When I was about 14 my Uncle Jim went to Japan met, fell in love, and married
Hi there, I want to introduce you to Ellie Lunsford. I had the pleasure of knowing Ellie when my children were school age. She and her husband, Bill, would pull into our small town in their huge Cadillac and make going to Grandparent’s day a party. They were to my son, Andrew, adopted grandparents. Andrew
Hi there, To paraphrase Paul Simon, I met my old friend, Alfred, the other night, we talked about some old times, and drank some wine. Still crazy after all these years… One of the old times Alfred and I laughed about was the first time we made pesto. We were such newbies we didn’t know
Hi there, When my son Andrew was about 14 he played midget football. That is how I met Brad Spence, who grew up to become an extraordinary chef. Standing at the football field that day, I would never have imagined that possibility. But Brad apparently loved cooking and after college graduated from the CIA. He
Hi there, Do you remember preparing something for the PTA bake sale? I am not much of a baker and always contemplated going to the bakery and buying something and donating it to the bake sale. There always was one superb baker and everyone wanted to buy their creations. In my PTA days that was
“…behind every Guide Michelin chef there was a woman, usually a four foot cataract-ridden old granny from whom he’d filched his best recipes.” ― Karen Karbo, Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Hi there, Betty Pieffer is my friends Chuck and Roe’s mother and mother-in-law. I have known Chuck and Roe ever since they adopted my dog.
Hi there, Years ago I had the pleasure of getting to know my friend Diana’s mother Giselle. Giselle was a very beautiful woman, very elegant, and cooked like a master chef. After marrying a G.I. on the Piazza de Campo in Sienna, Gisela Oretti came to the United States with her new husband. Diana told
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