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A Road Illuminated | Mama’s Prune Cake

There is a Tennessee route between Lewis and Maury Counties which encompasses a portal to the Natchez Trace. For my family of origin, this gateway was significant – a launch for new beginnings. Now it is a memory touchstone with all that is achingly familiar. The road is a beauty. Even today with the starkness of highway improvements, the seasonal …

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Winter Wonder: CSA Farmer Edwin Dysinger

By Roben Mounger for Local Table Magazine E dwin Dysinger, Head Winter CSA Farmer at Bountiful Blessings Farm, is a tranquil man, his words measured, his manner courtly. No doubt, such a presence evolves from personal glimpses of creation. He has always felt the pull to improve the lot of others, and his family is unified in that mission. His …

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Pansit Canton

Like all wonderful cooks, Thelma gives vague instructions, dwelling on the ingredients which she insists should be changed to reflect the season.  You know what your people like, amounts can reflect their favorites. Garlic and Onions, chopped Snow Peas OR Green Beans Carrots, sliced Celery, sliced Cabbage, sliced Fish Sauce, to your taste 1/2 pound Shrimp, cooked and peeled 2 …

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Thelma’s Birthday Saturnalia

I understand that “birthday saturnalia” is not one of those roll off the tongue sentiments that we pull out in celebration. Still …. saturnalia is a worthy noun and I would like to circulate it. Saturnalia means feast. In this case, it is a perfect moniker for a phenom of a dish. The benefactor in this story grew up in …

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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 …