Slow Down and Eat!

Here we are in January. It’s cold. We over-indulged at the holidays, eating too many decadent treats and now we need to clean up our eating. (I hope no one minds that I’ve adopted the royal “we” for this post.) The trouble is; we are busy. We have many crucially important affairs to attend to…
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A Toast to the New Year!

As New Year’s Eve approaches we will raise a glass to 2018… “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne”. Pop the cork! A champagne midnight toast! So where does that lovely bubbly stuff come from? How did it become the drink of celebration? Champagne is the region in France where true…
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Hello Jello

When Fall comes and all the children are in school, it's hard not to feel some nostalgia for my sack lunches of bologna sandwiches and Jell-O pudding cups. As a kid, before we learn how it was originally made, Jell-O was an intriguing substance. Solid, yet liquid it wiggles and jiggles just like the jingle…
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Dinner in a Dash

I try so, so hard to make a weekly meal plan. Nothing too specific, but I only want to make one trip to the grocery store.  So I check the freezer, the fridge and the pantry to make sure that I have everything we need. Alas, “The best laid plans of mice and men/Often go…
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Simplest. Supper. Ever.

As summer winds down, everyone is trying to cram as many activities in as possible before the weather settles a cool mantle on the region’s shoulders (hopefully sooner than later). We sure as heck don’t want to spend these last days in the kitchen with the oven blasting more heat. Crockpots are the busy person’s…
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It’s too hot to cook

Yuck! Summer has arrived in the Gateway City. With our eyes gazing longingly to the first day of fall, the rumble emanating from our stomachs reminds us that it can’t wait that long. It wants to be fed now. We’re tired of barbecue already, so what to do? SLPL has thousands of inspiring cookbooks (and…
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