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“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”…

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid

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“Many of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard The thing I love most about food bloggers and those who frequent food blogs is they enjoy the process of making food almost as much as eating the food. They enjoy the way dough feels under their fingers,…

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Shepherd’s Pie

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“These simple souls obtain the best positions in the heavens. Our human wisdom is worth little when compared with the divine wisdom that God grants the humble”. ~ Archbishop San Luis de Rivera after reading the poetry of San Pascual. It’s a beautiful day here at San Pasqual’s Kitchen because our patron saint’s feast day…

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Chicken & Dumplings

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Her hazel eyes seemed to have experienced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a superhuman understanding. She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since old Tom and…

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Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes

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Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.” Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties. Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge? Dr….

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Cranberry Almond Cereal

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That’s my daughter in the water Who’d have ever thought her? Who’d have ever thought? That’s my daughter in the water I lost every time I fought her Yeah, I lost every time. ~ Loudon Wainwright III There is nothing that highlights the passing of time like visiting your grown children. During my last visit…

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English Muffins

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“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~ Julia Child {This is not a paid endorsement} One thing that can always cause a little thrill of joy to run through me is opening the mailbox and finding my Fine Cooking magazine has arrived. It…

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