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Ovation: App-Controlled Smart Bartending!

01/08/2014 12:09:44 PM

I like to think that I’m reasonably good in the kitchen.  I can prepare the most complicated dishes and back any number of desserts with a reasonable amount of success as long as I have a recipe to follow.  Having reliable instructions to follow gives me enough confidence to tackle r..

Ovation: National Spaghetti Day!

01/07/2014 14:23:52 PM

I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions.  I guess I’ve made enough of them in my life to realize that they’re just not for me.  The only thing worse than not doing something? … promising yourself that you’ll do it and THEN not doing it.  This..

Ovation: Champagne!

12/31/2013 11:20:25 AM

I’ve always enjoyed a glass of cold champagne but, until recently, I thought it was only for special occasions.  In college I would treat myself and my friends to a bottle of a special almond-flavored champagne that one could purchase from the cooler in the back of the local drug store.&n..

Ovation: Five Favorite Christmas Cookies.

12/23/2013 09:31:50 AM

For those of us with a sweet tooth, the holidays offer untold numbers of opportunities for willpower to fall by the wayside.  During the second half of December, gift baskets filled with sweets arrive in offices, restaurants and coffee shops offer special desserts and holiday themed specials, b..

It Often Takes a Survivor To Help Other Survivors

12/20/2013 21:42:46 PM

  It is interesting that a fellow blogger who writes warm, from the heart articles, is a  woman endured a difficult childhood in the foster care system after a rape at age 7. Then, I realized that it is precisely because she is a survivor of sexual abuse that her passion in life is to help..

Magdalen Arms, Oxford - Follow Up

12/20/2013 05:33:00 AM

Yes, I know. It's been reviewed to within an inch of its life, by both local and national media. I reviewed it myself previously (here).   But bear with me.    While Jay Rayner had a very enjoyable pie here recently, he might just kick himself when he realises he missed out ..

Ovation: World Record-Breaking Gingerbread House.

12/05/2013 10:21:45 AM

One holiday tradition that my family could never accomplish was a gingerbread house.  To begin with, none of us like gingerbread.  I have, however, tried to build a tree by stacking star-shaped sugar cookies of varying sizes and gluing them together with lots of icing.  I once bought ..

Top 5 Caribbean Thanksgiving Meat Dishes

11/22/2013 11:33:19 AM

Caribbean people are passionate about their meat derived protein.  Everyone has stories of themselves or someone they know eating all their food and saving the meat for last while growing up.  On Sundays in Jamaica, it is the norm for many households to cook more than one meat dish. Ma..

Thanksgiving and Holidays the Way You’d Like Them

11/20/2013 18:54:09 PM

Holidays, or so we’ve been led to believe, are times of fun, family bonding and for making memories that we will cherish through all our years. But it doesn’t always work out that way because some guests or family members just don’t observe the protocol that dictates respectful int..

Tomato and crispy prosciutto bruschetta

11/19/2013 19:39:11 PM

I like to cook Italian food, which is good because I'm married to a Sicilian and a favorite appetizer of ours is bruschetta. Since this is a 'raw' dish I don't like to add chopped garlic into the tomato mixture because to bite down on raw garlic is too overpowering and takes away the swee..

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