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Baking Bones for Bowser!

My disappointment with corporate stores during the holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, pick one – is that they seem to be entirely focused on selling their souls out, rather than on giving something BACK to their customers at this special … Continue reading

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A Milestone for Lady Tessie

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!….On Friday, July 8th Lady Tessie of Castle Gordon celebrated her 11th birthday in good health and good spirits. This year, surrounded by family and fans, this spry Spingset wonder received congrats and felicitations from … Continue reading

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Crispy on the Outside, Moist and Chewy on the Inside, Enrobed in Silk

It’s a riddle worth solving and sampling. Expecting guests this weekend, I decided to continue testing my cake recipes for The Lobanovsky Family Table. Here’s the cake, complete with memories:”I treasure the three recipes I have for ‘Mrs. Amo’s’ wonderful … Continue reading

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The Great Lent, Almost

While Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday herald the coming of Easter Sunday for much of the Christian world on March 27th, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the same event will be quite late this year, May 1st to be exact. … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Meatloaf

It’s 11:30 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday and there’s still time to make a touchdown of a meatloaf before the game! This traditional and delicious comfort food, credited to Jenny Jones is the perfect, simple and very American dish to … Continue reading

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“Oh, Fudge!”

Having missed sending out her holiday greetings on time, the incredible setter, Lady Tessie of Castle Gordon, offers her apologies and secret fudge recipe, apropos her faux pas. Please find it in your hearts to forgive her and wish for … Continue reading

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Nuts to You!

It’s almost time to harvest walnuts in Sonoma. Some trees are already releasing their taupy-brown treasures from the green cocoons that enfolded them gently through spring and summer. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “baking holidays” are just around the corner. … Continue reading

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Go Fig-ure

According to the dictionary, “figure out” can mean “get the hang of,” which is exactly what happened to me this fall when I enthusiastically pursued the art of making jam with figs. Some of these provocatively-shaped fruit may still hanging … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never- thank God the Kulichi Came Out!

I wouldn’t have thought that this saying would apply to Russian Easter bread, but it does. Try as I would to avoid the whole production, memories of kulich sandwiches filled with paskha, the traditional Easter cheese dessert, would not leave … Continue reading

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“My Heart Belongs to Albert” – admits Lady Tessie

It’s not often that a certain someone steals your heart forever, but that’s exactly what happened to Tessie, my adopted Gordon Setter. In June of 2013 Tessie was still recovering from countless procedures and me, from the resulting vet bills. … Continue reading

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