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Announcing The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook

Looking for a 5-ingredient cookbook to make mealtime easier? The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook by Sarah Walker Caron is just what you need. Now Available! Signed copies! Exclusively available at The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine Also available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Target | A friendly indie near you I. Am. So. …

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Book Review: Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims

I received a free copy of Real American: A Memoir in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. “Real American: A Memoir,” by Julie Lythcott-Haims is a coming of age story of race, self-love and modern racism. When Julie Lythcott-Haims was studying at Stanford University, she encountered a woman at a shopping …

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Judith Jones, From a 2006 Talk on the Cookbook Publishing Industry

In spring 2006, the James Beard Foundation held a food event Trends and Transitions at New York University’s Kimmel Center. Judith Jones was among the speakers. When I learned of the passing of Judith Jones, the editor who’d plucked “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” from the slush pile at Doubleday and who’d …

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Blistered Shishito Peppers with Lemon and Sea Salt

Sweet — well, usually sweet — shishito peppers are cooked in olive oil until blistered and served with lemon and sea salt. Several months ago, the invitation arrived to a dinner with Newbury Award-winning author Jack Gantos in Boston. It was a school night, a work night and four hours from where I live. I …

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The Career Book Every Driven Mom, Mom-to-Be and Boss Should Read

Just weeks after giving birth, I started to think about what returning or not returning would mean. I’d never entertained the idea of not returning to work after birth, but suddenly it was heavily on my mind and it was. When I graduated from college, I set out to build a career as a journalist. …

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Mini Dark Chocolate Cranberry Rock Cakes

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes didn’t sound so appetizing in the Harry Potter books, but this mini version is lightly sweetened, moist and tasty. I didn’t want to read the Harry Potter books. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first released in the United States in 1998, I barely noticed. When the next books — …

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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

A tender citrus-scented cake with sweet blood orange frosting, Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake is perfect for everyday celebrations. What’s yours? There’s a framed photo hanging in the hallway of our home. It shows the Seattle skyline at dusk in rich blues, and hold a bevy of good memories. Back in Connecticut the photo hung in …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

This sultry salad combines shredded Brussels sprouts, sweet shallots and carrot and potato, all roasted together simply with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad is then tossed with balsamic vinegar and roasted a little more. Over the weekend, I started listening to Michael Pollen’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” while I was on a long …

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