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Cheese Cookies

In honor of Marion, I submit a recipe for a perfect appetizer. Marion favors cheese straws and such. A bite like this will compliment wine, coffee and a good conversation. Ingredients: 2 sticks butter, softened 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, packed 2 cups flour 1 tsp salt 2 tbs hot sauce 2 cups crispy rice cereal Steps: Preheat the …

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Answers From A Librarian

A man whom I once interviewed – call him Mr. Diaz – told me that while he enjoyed a cup of coffee at Burger King with his fellow retirees, he longed for richer conversations. “I like to talk about big ideas; my friends are stuck on death and sickness,” he said. This strikes me not so much a commentary on …

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Cameron’s Cucumber Soup

A bevy of soul seed sisters adorn Ms. Cook’s garden. Ingredients: 2 8 inch cucumbers 1/2 cups scallions 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups of chicken broth 1 teaspoon wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon or more dill weed (preferably fresh) 3 tablespoons of quick cream of wheat salt and pepper 1 cup sour cream Steps: Peel, seed and chop cucumbers. Saute scallions …

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A Kook For Cukes

Some say that love makes the world go round. While that is a grand ideal, practically speaking, I submit that the collective birth of new ideas is what keeps the world spinning. Even farfetched notions have a way of taking hold and before neophytes can say ‘whaaat’, those ideas are adopted by a culture and made a reason for living. …

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About Those Bell Peppers

This is not the traditional stuffed pepper that we have come to know but, it serves palates of today and goes perfectly with cheese quesadillas. Ingredients: 6 medium to large bell peppers 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 2/3 cup finely chopped onion 2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen) 1 cup diced cooked green beans, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 2 …

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Candied Violets

Featured in most of Carlene Blanks’s paintings were violets, an edible flower. Candied, they are an appropriate tribute and condiment for salads and summer desserts. Ingredients: 20 violet flowers with stems attached 1 egg white, beaten until frothy 2 tablespoons powdered or confectioner’s sugar Steps: Beat the egg white until it is frothy all the way through, but not stiff. …