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Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Being cautious by nature, it took a conscious decision to allow myself to be open to new things. Becoming satisfied with what we have always known and had makes risking something new seem superfluous and unnecessary….

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Easy Pita Chips

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“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.” ~ John Madden Are you a football fan? We are at this house. I grew up during a time there was only 3 channels on the television and we (my brothers and sister) were the remote control….

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Chili

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“Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.” ~ Last words of Kit Carson, American frontiersman (1809-1868) I had a post written to go with my chili recipe, but after looking up chili I just decided to share some interesting facts with you about this American phenomenon. From the International Chili Society comes…

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Beignets

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“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder My favorite Christmas memory is the one when my children were 3 and 4 years old.  My husband and I were lying in…

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Tortilla Española

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This was my first taste of Spain. I had it before I ever set foot in the country. When I was still the young wife of my husband on our first visit to my in-law’s house, I was served this delightful dish. I had never seen anything like it. At this time of my life…

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Sopa de Cebolla Clara (Spanish Onion Soup)

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  “Banish (the onion) from the kitchen and the pleasure flies with it. Its presence lends color and enchantment to the most modest dish; its absence reduces the rarest delicacy to hopeless insipidity, and dinner to despair.” ~ Elizabeth Robbins Pennell   I honestly can’t imagine my kitchen without onions. I would be lost. They…

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Potaje (Spanish Chickpea Stew)

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What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices? ~ Robert E. Hayden As Thanksgiving approaches and the days get colder, I often think of this poem, Those Winter Sundays by Robert E. Hayden.  It makes me mindful of the many gifts of love I receive so freely that I…

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