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Spain and its Vinegar: A Look at Pedro Ximénez Vinegars

January 11, 2017 Blog

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It has been a while since I traveled to Spain, but the memory of my visit still remains with me – in my mind, and on my plate. Seville is a city that creeps up on you. Quiet and unassuming, then exploding with life. Museums, people, culture, flamenco all tumble down on you, almost too […]

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It’s a New Year: It’s time for some ‘Homemade Homemade’

January 6, 2017 Blog

The Marcato Marga

As the new year arrives, so too has a new opportunity. Recently, the Marcato Marga Mulino Grain Mill arrived in the mail, and, with the dawn of a new year, we’re excited to experience how the mill will help our family take the next step in making more healthy food choices. We have always focused […]

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Cooking School Adventures

October 27, 2016 Beef

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I’ve been lucky when it comes to learning how to make my way through the kitchen. As a child, I spent a lot of time there, with my mom and my grandmother, learning how to make everything from chili to pie, and from pancakes to dumplings. Sure, I’ve had my ups and downs, but my […]

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Meal Planning: Ten Years Later

October 13, 2016 Blog

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I happened upon the following blog post from 10 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same! Monday, September 04, 2006 Updating this blog has been sporadic these days – with my husband on the road a lot lately, a nanny who quit, and the news that I’m expecting twins – […]

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The Season of Halloween

October 4, 2016 Blog

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Homemade Halloween costumes. Visits to Haunted Houses. Creatively carved pumpkins. Sticky orange colored popcorn balls. And buckets of candy. Yes! Buckets of candy! These are a few of my memories from Halloween’s past. A time when we would gather at my aunt’s house to celebrate the holiday (as well as her birthday). A time when […]

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Celebrating German Wine

September 30, 2016 Blog

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Last weekend we attended our neighborhood Oktoberfest celebration. It was a great evening filled with friends, German beer, some bratwurst, and a toe-tapping German band. While enjoying the beer and sausage, I reminisced about my time spent in Germany for business, noting the beauty of the country, the friendly people, the great food, beer, and […]

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Tablecloth Tales: Fourth of July in France

September 14, 2016 Blog

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Note: From time to time, something occurs  to trigger memories of my past culinary travels. With our recent move, I unearthed my travel journals and have decided to give them new life on Family Eats. Recently, I reached into the linen closet for a tablecloth. When not choosing for a specific holiday, I make my […]

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Life and Laughter at 100

August 30, 2016 Blog

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Lately I’ve been contemplating life at 100. I’m only a bit more than halfway there, but a recent visit with my Great Aunt Millie got me thinking about what it would be like when I turn 100. I don’t get to see her often, but when I head back to Cleveland every summer to visit […]

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Nature Calls

August 18, 2016 Blog

Nature is Calling

Several years ago, we lived in a home with a huge back yard. Greg built a garden box and filled it with everything from pumpkins and kale to beans and tomatoes. The centerpiece of that yard was a prolific pear tree. Throughout the late summer we enjoyed the bounty, using those pears for everything from […]

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Somebody Moved my Cheese (or, Falling in Love with my Chemex)

August 9, 2016 Blog

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Sixteen years ago as I was readying to move across country from Miami to Santa Monica, a friend gave me a copy of Who Moved My Cheese?, by Dr. Spencer Johnson. It was an appropriate gift. I had lived in Miami for 12 years and was happy with my life, my job, my friends. Basically, […]

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