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It’s Rosh Hashanah this week, the Jewish New Year. I like a holiday with food symbols and Rosh Hashanah delivers with apples and honey, for the sweetness of life. Yes, the holiday also features bittersweet looking back, and ruminating, planning and promising but mostly, it brings kugel. So many cooks out there right now, today, [...]

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Clearly Now

Oh, home video. People always say it’s wonderful, it’s wonderful to have everything: the cities you saw, the wedding, the first steps, the faces and talk of people we love, gone, still waiting there on tape. When Josie was born there was some pressure to take video. But we didn’t want video. I find no [...]

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Strawberry Girl

Josie turned 14 last week. A teenager. Of course she was a teen last year, being 13 and all, and possibly even before that at 12, which I recall as spiked with previews. Still – if 13 has training wheels, then 14 speeds away. You can let it run you over, and you can also [...]

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Every season’s change, like pollen surfing a breeze, new readers float toward Simmer. I don’t know if it’s warm air, light rain or laptop-friendly sun, but something about spring equals something new to read. So welcome new readers, pull up a chair. And ice cream. You’d think the best welcome mat would be a shiny [...]

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One breezy Chicago summer, my brother and I built a treehouse. Wait! You don’t need that intro again. You don’t need to hear me wax poetic about books in the trees, or Jo March, or the Bobbsey Twin’s Luau.  You just need to know that today we’re revisiting Great Reads for Culinary Kids, and that [...]

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