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Quiche Lorraine: How to Make Breakfast Pie

Don't like Quiche: Hear Me Out Quiche Lorraine got a bad rap in the 80s, all started by the tongue-in-cheek book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, denouncing the brunch-fare as unsuitable for the alpha male....
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Christmas Gift 100 Years in the Making

In 2019, on Christmas day , I received a gift 100 years in the making. Surprisingly, the treat presented itself within an email inquiry and subsequent exchanges; and embraced me with a warming joy...
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Thanksgiving 2020: Gratitude Is on the Menu

Darkness surrounds me right now, but I know light will prevail if I just wait patiently. My rooster Rufus reminds me of this notion, along with the solo song of wheels to wet pavement...

Buddy the Bulldog: Reluctant Muse

As I've mention before, Buddy (my bulldog) pretty much runs my life. My stocky master and commander lets me know when he's ready to eat, ready to nap, ready for a butt-rub, ready to...
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Tommy Want a Cracker…Recipe

The art of baking has risen to new heights (har, har) thanks to the idle hands and stir-crazy minds of the homebound during this global pandemic. And in the process, flour now rivals the...

No Man (or Dog) is an Island

I wake up early these days, even earlier than past habits would insist, around 4 am. The world is dark, but not the mind. My thoughts tend to ricochet in my head like the...

Buddy’s Little Sleepover

I have served at the pleasure of each and every one of my Bulldogs: Maggie, Gracie, Buddy and Boz. I am neither proud of nor bothered by this role; it's just the way it...

Vegan and Dairy-Free: A Tale of Two Chocolate Mousses

Happy Valentines Day, my little snookie-wookies, lamby-kins, and kitten-cakes! If overly-sweet pet names aren't your thing, let's head to the kitchen and temper the love-fest with a balanced approach to the day's favorite confection:...
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Moles, Holes, and Flower Bulbs

As a child, I watched a cartoon where a beatnik cat named Jinx would spend his days chasing two irascible rodents, Pixie and Dixie, while spouting "I hate meeces to pieces!" And much like...

Favorite Fruit Trees: Apples, Pluots and Pears, Oh My!

One of my biggest joys is growing fruit trees. Their roots nurture my roots; their growth heartens my growth; and their bounty is shared bounty. They are part of me and part of the...