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The Color of Light Meets Emeril Lagasse and Martha Stewart

I’ve been busy this week looking for Christmas cookie recipes. No, I’m not baking yet. But I am cooking up something for my newsletter readers, something very special for my December edition. As I did the research for that surprise, I found cookie after cookie recipe I wanted to try. While I was researching, this recipe leapt…

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When All Else Fails? Tacos!

If all goes as expected, just about the time you’re opening this blog I should be walking into my summer cottage in Chautauqua, NY, to get ready for the upcoming season. I’m sure I’ll be tired from a long trip, and I’m not sure my internet will be on. Today just happens to be Cinco…

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Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours

Statler Rum Rolls from Good Housekeeping Cookbook (published in 1942) Thanksgiving is so tied to food in the U.S. that when I think of the holiday, I can almost taste the traditional foods I enjoyed as a child. On my Facebook Page I mentioned that I would be making these for my own Thanksgiving dinner…

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Emilie’s New Website: And There Will Be Recipes!

Last Tuesday I told you I was busily creating and revising content for my new website.  I forgot to tell you about one innovation I think we’ll all enjoy. Recipes. Right now every single title novel I’ve written and published has its own page with tabs leading to features about the book, but what many…

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Bake Me a Novel: Homemade Bread and the Writing Process

It’s not unusual to find me in the kitchen baking something or other. There I was again yesterday, preparing to make bread while I considered what to write about for my next blog. Bread baking is a weekly ritual in my house, and I often use the time to think about my next writing project.…

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CHUsday: Slow Food, Fast Food or Something in Between?

T’is the CHUsday before Christmas, and I don’t have to peek in your windows to see how fast you’re running.  Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice you’ll celebrate this week, you’re rushing and wrapping and decorating to chase away winter’s shadows. This is the time of year for fast food, for drive-in…

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CHUsday and Christmas Fruit Cake

So how do you feel about fruit cake?  I see a collective screwing of faces out there.  But honestly this fruitcake, packed with chocolate chips, cherries, dates and walnuts  is hard to beat.  Did you get that?  CHOCOLATE chips in fruitcake?  Yum! I learned to make this recipe in the 1970s, and I’ve made it every…

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CHUsday and Soup Weather’s Here

Tina, who posted a comment on the CHU blog, Bread’s Baking in the Oven, is October’s CHU giveaway winner with a recipe she tried from The New American Plate: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life.   The recipe, Roasted Red Pepper and Corn Soup, was a hit at her house.  Tina says “it’s…

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