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The Broken Butter Dish — and other memories

November 13, 2017 Blog

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And with one wrong move, another butter dish smashes into pieces on the kitchen floor. We just can’t seem keep a butter dish in one piece in our kitchen. Over the past decade, we must have broken at least 6 butter dishes. It was my doing this time around — a surprising twist of fate, […]

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Out of Our Element

November 7, 2017 Blog

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For three days last week, I hiked, explored, learned and dined with nearly 100, 5th grade students from our Elementary School. it is an annual trip that my girls have looked forward to since kindergarten, and one I just couldn’t miss either. The entire grade spent time out at Nature Bridge in the Marin Headlands. […]

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Don’t Mess with Tradition

October 31, 2017 Blog

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One thing I learned this last week is that you can’t mess with tradition. For a brief moment, our annual Pumpkin Carving Party was to be cancelled. But once the kids got wind of the cancellation, they revolted. “You can’t cancel our pumpkin carving party, it’s a tradition!” “What? How can you do that? The […]

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Homemade Candy Corn

October 30, 2017 Candy/Confections

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This is an Alton Brown recipe that is surprisingly easy to make. Keep in mind, work relatively quickly, otherwise the ‘dough’ may become too hard to shape or cut. I also remind you NOT to cut on your silicone mat, as it may damage the mat. I transferred the dough to a cutting board before […]

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Halloween Party Planning

October 21, 2017 Blog

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(originally published: Oct. 2013) This past weekend, we held our 11th annual Pumpkin Caving Party. It’s a great Everage family tradition in which we invite our friends to come on over and enjoy some food and drink, while carving the pumpkins. What makes it particularly fun is that it’s not just a kids party, it’s […]

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Still Life with Cheese

September 29, 2017 Blog

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“Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.” M.F.K. Fisher   All anyone has to do is mention wine and cheese, and my mind begins to wander . . . I find myself with a warm, comforting feeling inside, friends and family gathered […]

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