Freedom From Want

Thanksgiving is a special day because most of us offer up a collective “thanks” for all that we have. The iconic artwork for Thanksgiving is Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” depicting the perfect family with Grandma and Grandpa serving up a perfectly cooked turkey.  Even those who haven’t seen the original painting may be familiar

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Be Careful What You Wish For …

Be careful what you wish for … doesn’t that piece of advice seem contradictory to everything we’ve ever been taught?  Millions of shooting stars have witnessed the upturned faces of yearning souls who are in turn watching the cosmic-fire streaking across the sky while whispering their hope-filled wishes. Almost as if the stars themselves were

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The Green Beans Are Coming!

Green bean season is in full swing now until early October so most home gardeners are probably picking almost daily and most farmers markets will have them in abundance for the next few weeks. Green beans are very versatile – you can steam, boil, grill, pan sear, braise and even pickle green beans and they

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Celebrate Sage!

“How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?” “The young sow wild oats; the old grow sage.” “The desire of sage is to render man immortal.” “In the grand opera of cooking, sage represents an easily offended and capricious prima donna. It likes to have the stage almost to itself.” “Yuck, it

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Halibut

Hippoglossus stenolepis is the official name for Halibut and once you have seen one, you will instantly know why the fish is given a name that invokes thoughts of the hippopotamus. The Pacific Halibut grows up to 500 pounds although most often they are harvested between 50 and 100 pounds. Even at 100 pounds, a

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Cinnamon

 Cinnamon is one of the oldest and most flavorful spices known to man. The Egyptians in the mummification process of the Pharaohs used cassia, a form of cinnamon. Cassia was also used in Israel and is mentioned several times in the Bible. Cinnamon is a very popular baking spice in the US. Most children

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