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Pomegranates: 50 Years a Family Tradition

Pomegranates: 50 Years a Family Tradition

| January 3, 2009 | 1 Comment

It’s funny how things come full circle. My mother grew up in Glendale, CA, and when she went halfway across the country for college, my grandmother started sending her California-grown pomegranates in the mail. For four years, the U.S. Post Office carried round, ruby-skinned exotic fruits from California’s sunny climes directly to the frozen tundra of Michigan.

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Chocolate Advent-ures

Chocolate Advent-ures

| December 15, 2008 | 18 Comments

Let’s face it — Christmas is not about the joy of giving and receiving. It’s not about the much-disputed birth of Christ, or miracles, or even the tarting up of pagan trees while singing Songs of Cheeses.

It’s about whether you get your chocolate on odds or evens this year. It’s about whether your older sister will force you to give her your day’s haul of chocolate. That’s right my friends, this month is ALL about Advent calendar chocolate.

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Garden Grazing: Escargots

Garden Grazing: Escargots

| December 16, 2007 | 4 Comments

Back when my plans for Christmas Eve crab were threatened by some dumb-ass humans, I decided to resurrect a Christmas Eve tradition from my childhood: snails. That’s right, people, I grew up a picky eater in Minnesota where I gagged on string beans, yet I ate snails. There’s no explanation, but where my mom failed […]

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