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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

A 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 …

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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. …