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Nuts & Berries Summer Salad

Ingredients: 4 cups mixed greens 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup strawberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/4 cup cinnamon pecans 1/8 cup feta chees Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing: 1/8 cup white wine vinegar 1/4 cup raspberries 3/4 tablespoon honey 3/4 tablespoon olive oil 1/8 teaspoon salt Dash of fresh ground pepper Cinnamon Pecans 1/4 cup …

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For the Love of All Things Art

I’VE SPENT A lifetime staring at blank pieces of paper. The creative process is always a struggle. This comes to mind because my three favorite disciplines, writing, cooking and photography, all require a creative process and a starting point of staring, literally or figuratively, at a blank sheet of paper. To be in the creative …

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For the Love of Pecans

Before the modern era of corporate farming and super supermarket shopping, most south Louisianans grew a lot of what they consumed. What our families could not produce was either bought from overflowing produce trucks that crawled the neighborhood streets or from the small family owned grocery where, my wife for example, would ride a mechanical …

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Thanksgiving and the Beach

AHHHH…THANKSGIVING. It’s the reason for time honored recipes, stockpots and wagers on family behavior. The season of familiar relatives, old friends, new acquaintances— and casseroles, dressings, pies, rolls, more pies and tryptophan induced snoozes. It is also time for my annual serving of a slice of humble pie when guests decide to ignore home-cooked cranberries …

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Fabulous Fall Cocktails

BRING ON THE FALL! Get in the mood for cooler weather and get cozy with these autumnal concoctions. Add some spice to your sangria, some jam to your whiskey and some kick to your hot chocolate. These recipes will add warmth to all of your fall soirees and bring a glow to your nights by …

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Foodies & Friends – On Anniversaries

As journalists, those were our darkest days. There were no lights, no phones, no power—anarchy ruled the streets. Flames floated on water from broken submerged natural gas lines. Tall, black columns of smoke rose from burning, flooded buildings. Citizens roamed the elevated highways pushing shopping carts of children and possessions. It was eerie, dystopian. But …

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Foodies & Friends – On The Absence Of Sidewalks

An elegant figure of casual grace, Mr. Sharkey took a daily measured stroll on the tree-lined streets in our neighborhood.  A pause, a casual glance at the watch on his fob, a personal nod and a few kind words were exchanged with passersby. Sharkey, an unpretentious man, was as lean as the sidewalk and a …

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