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Think with me for a minute about your favorite flavors, types of foods and why you do or do not like particular tastes, textures and smells of various forms of nourishment.

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Have you ever asked your child or grandchild where food comes from? Since the majority of our population lives in urban areas, answers can range from the grocery store to the refrigerator!

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How I do love spring聽性视界传媒斅爀ven with the pollen and sneezes of allergies. One of my favorite ways to entertain in the spring (or just about any other time) is with a Saturday brunch聽性视界传媒斅爋r maybe a Sunday night supper.

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Many times I have written a column because of some season, event or a situation. Most of the time it is to share a recipe that has come my way and is a success (and usually easy to prepare).

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Are you a member of any sort of an organization that has been in existence for many years and still carries out its original purpose for starting in the first place?

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Last week, I posted a photo on Facebook. Yes, I know, I am too old to waste time on that frivolity. I like several things about communicating with friends from many places, but best of all I get to keep up with many of my former students.

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Sometimes I (and maybe you) must look for little joys and blessings in our lives. Other times they just rain down on us through friends that happen to appear.

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On weeknights, many families rush around trying to prepare for the next day. While these moments can be stressful, the silver lining of the evening is when everyone pauses to enjoy a perfectly cooked family dinner together.

When tried-and-true family favorites turn stale and boring, digging through cookbooks and sorting through blogs for new recipes may seem far too time-consuming for your busy evenings. However, a simple ethnic twist in the kitchen can turn bland dinners into exciting meals.