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Orange glazed olive oil cake.

Harmonian Orange Glazed Olive Oil Cake

Harmonian is a wonderful company, based in Athens, Greece. Georgios, the owner, established it to promote harmonious ingredients – harmonious to the earth and for your body – all the things that MARY’s secret ingredients stands for. They say on their site, “taste approved; health improved.” This … [Read More...]

Kind Bar Brownies on a plate.

KIND Bar Brownies

Different, decadent and decidedly delicious, these KIND Bar brownies will not disappoint. The next item to reveal from the fall MARY’s secret ingredients box is this brand new flavor of KIND bars – … [Read More...]

Cookies in a napkin at the foot of the bed.

Food Memories

With the end of summer here, I’d like to share this story with you: Some time ago my brother, Steve and his wife, Trish visited us in the country and at dinner that weekend, Steve told us a story I … [Read More...]

Biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet.

Best Biscuit Recipe

Biscuits. What is more comforting in the morning? So homey. Makes you really feel loved, right? My mother used to tell me this story: When my father was at Officer Training School in Fort Benning, … [Read More...]

Freekeh salad in a red bowl.

Freekeh Salad

Did you know that September is National Whole Grains Month? Me neither. The good people at Freekehlicious asked me to try this young roasted green wheat, so I have been playing with it these past … [Read More...]

Sorrel sauce in a Cuisinart.

Sorrel Sauce

If you would please indulge me in my over-abundance of sorrel, just one more time, I would so appreciate it. Good thing I love it! And from the last post, I was honored to have turned some of you on … [Read More...]

Sorrel pesto on a spoon.

Sorrel Pesto

The crickets are chirping with the sounds of fall and the days are getting shorter. August has been a runaway month for us. Three weekends got away with a wedding in NJ, our week in Vermont … [Read More...]


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Smoled trout on a Breton cracker

So civilized

My husband and I were asked to take in a French graduate student for 4 months to live with us. We take on French interns at the office but this was the first time we were asked and considered doing … [Read More...]

Bean dip in a red bowl with vegetables and crackers.


Okay, so here is a question: What is a zakuska? (zuh-KOOS-kuh) Tick tock tick tock tick tock.... HMMMMMMMM!!!!!!! an hors d'oeuvre! This Russian word for a snack, zakuska, entered the … [Read More...]

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