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February 5, 2012, 4:45 am

The Homecoming

The HomecomingDateline: Somewhere (I’m not sure exactly where) in Eastern Thailand.

It raining hard, the light is fading and it’s impossible to tell where the road starts and ends.

The Good Lady is driving us to her hometown for a big homecoming get-together with family and friends. To be accurate, she is driving, but not in the American sense. Driving in Thailand is best described as NASCAR three-wide, bump-drafting, green flag racing but with your hand on the horn and, oh yeah, on the left-hand side of the road. There are no rules of the road; just one thing to remember – the ...

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January 31, 2012, 5:54 pm

Serving Up A Smile 1/31/12: Orange You Glad It’s [Almost] Super Bowl Sunday?

Serving Up A Smile 1/31/12: Orange You Glad It’s [Almost] Super Bowl Sunday?Whether you are a Pats fan or are rooting for Big Blue, it’s hard to argue that the true star of the winter season is citrus fruit. Bright and full of flavor—and in season when most fruits and veggies are bland and costly—it lifts up the flavor of food without adding fat or salt and it offers a brightness that is pleasing to the palette.

The zest or outermost layer of skin on fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and pummelo, is a terrific way to add zing and that something special to food can save us when we ...

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January 24, 2012, 8:13 pm
updated Jan 25, 2012, 10:21 am

Serving Up A Smile 1/24/12: A Day in the Life

Serving Up A Smile 1/24/12: A Day in the LifeIt’s not for everybody. We eat a lot of things that I am sure many, if not most, of you have never heard of: bufflehead, woodcock, rail and yes—snipe. Really. Each winter in the end of January we open our home to menfolk who embark on an annual upland game hunt. They bring their wives. They bring their children. It’s more like an episode of Little House on the Prairie than one might suspect and it’s also a time that I look forward to with great anticipation. I hope my children someday look back on these events with warm recollection. ...

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January 22, 2012, 12:53 pm

The Blind Spot

The Blind SpotA friend of ours is a dessert genius. Give her an hour with a little flour, butter, sugar and a couple of eggs and she’ll create something incredible. An invitation for coffee and anything is always eagerly accepted.

Unfortunately, an invitation for dinner is not - our friend is missing that special inborn countdown timer that good cooks use in order to bring all of the components of a meal to the table at the same time. As the meat comes out of the oven, she might announce, “Oh, I guess I need to start the potatoes!” It’s her blind spot.

One ...

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January 17, 2012, 4:31 pm

Serving Up A Smile 1/17/12: Be Empowered, Be Successful

Serving Up A Smile 1/17/12: Be Empowered, Be SuccessfulRecently, I participated in a group interview, during which one of the people conducting the interview looked at another one of the applicants and said, “What would you do if you awarded this position?” The applicant thought for a moment, looked at the rest of her fellow applicants and finally gave her response; something about launching a new career, doing what she loves and bettering herself. The questioner’s expression turned perplexed as he asked, “Then why aren’t you doing this NOW?

Suddenly, instead of wondering how I’d answer that particular question, I found myself nodding and secretly applauding the interviewer. ...

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January 11, 2012, 6:04 am

SERVING up a SMILE 1/10/12: Shall We Shop?

SERVING up a SMILE 1/10/12: Shall We Shop?Oops, yesterday came and went and I'd forgotten to post a SMILE. Here's a good one from February 2010 that you might enjoy:

To the grocery store we go. Sorry, if you were looking for skinny jeans and mile-high designer shoes, you have the wrong girl on the wrong day (though I, too, would love a chance to do THAT kind of shopping with Kel!).

I am always murmuring something about reading labels, not trusting food pimps, blah, blah, blah… But I don’t have time for this you might think. Or it’s too difficult to sort through all of this stuff. ...

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January 7, 2012, 10:09 pm
updated Jan 8, 2012, 2:37 am

An Olympic Year

An Olympic YearThis summer, the world’s best athletes – the best of the best – will gather in London for the 2012 Olympics; to compete for the ultimate prize in sports; the gold medal in their chosen event - to be the indisputable best in the world.

So what are these athletes doing at the start of this New Olympic Year? Focusing their energies on accomplishing their goals – that’s what.

But what about the rest of us who’ve decided to set some of our own new goals this New Year - are we focusing our energies in the same way? Yeah, – well, ...

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