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There’s no question my husband loves his daughter, his dog and me – and no question, in that order – but he is not sentimental. He’s got his moments – as in, let’s dump my high school notes, let’s save his 80′s matchbooks – but on the whole, what Greg likes best is the ca-chunk [...]

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When Your Cuke Overfloweth

Are your friends playing ding-dong-cucumber? As in, ring the bell, dump the cukes and run? Do your pals sheepishly hand you armfuls, whispering “make pickles. Please?” I’ll just bet the big greens are rolling off the counter, filling your backseat, and hogging the fridge. I don’t even try growing cucumbers. My vegetable thumb is so [...]

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We had pot roast for dinner the other night – you heard me, pot roast. In the oven. I know, I know – it’s wacky. I hate summer heat, but don’t mind summer cooking. There’s all this anti-kitchen talk about no-cook meals and slipcovering your oven come July, but I don’t think twice about baking [...]

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July is an upside-down month – as in, steaming outside, freezing inside. It’s too hot to cook, but I’m starving. I couldn’t eat another bite, but…a little something cold for dessert? Oh, summer desserts. With a damp ponytail and flip-flops, you’d think I’d keep it simple, but no. That scoop of specked vanilla? Purity in [...]

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Every August, the Kansas heat ceases to be punishing heat and becomes cruelly disciplined heat. That is our signal to escape. We flee by driving straight through an Iowa haze, further north by the hour, looking for a lake. When we finally stop in Duluth, Minnesota, we cross a bridge that skims the long blue [...]

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