When I got to the F section of the Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery I chose to make something that sounded fun but was (pun intended) frankly disastrous. In this section, you will find several pages devoted to frankfurters. There was also a section on Finnish food which involved a lot of finnan haddie, and an oddly skimpy section for […]

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Summer is ratatouille season, and though ratatouille doesn’t begin with E, eggplant does. My letter E options were limited, a mere 58 pages. There was an egg cookery section, English cookery and a large section on Entertaining. There were also a few recipes for eel and elderberry, that I ruled out, and a small section of […]

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  • July 31, 2017 - 11:02 pm

    Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - I’ve never been a fan of ratatouille, but perhaps I haven’t found the right recipe. I made one last week that was more my own recipe than anyone else’s – actually like that. LOL. Definitely want to try this one since these vegetables are abundant right now.ReplyCancel

July 2008 was the last time I saw Richard. An old high school friend decided we should all gather to celebrate the year we would turn 50. There followed a flurry of emails the chain growing daily. It included old friends, people I’d barely known and Richard who’d been one of my closest friends through […]

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  • July 26, 2017 - 10:10 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Such a well written story Nancy though I’m sorry for Richard.ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    Margaret - This has such a melancholy feel. Friendships lost and lives turned. Your opening paragraph set the tone so well.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2017 - 6:52 am

    Danielle Dayney - Nancy,

    Your story is so relatable. I think each of us has those relationships that end so abruptly that we can’t help but wonder what really happened. How do the years slip by so quickly? Then you saw him again and nothing, yet everything, changed. I hope he got the closure he was looking for and was able to get past his sadness. Have you tried reaching out to him?


  • July 27, 2017 - 12:44 pm

    Kalpana Solsi - i think relationships/friendships(most of them) come with an expiry date. it is better to end keeping the sweet memories rather than getting toxic.
    A well etched story of a relationship. Maybe Richard needs help.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2017 - 6:58 pm

    Hema - I loved how you’ve started and ended with the same line, but by the time we reach the end, we see Richard differently. Maybe the loss of your friendship deeply affected him. I feel sorry for Richard.ReplyCancel

Dumplings are one of those foods that appear across all cultures and the reason is that everyone loves dumplings. Dumplings come savory and sweet, stuffed and not. Your family might call them gnocchi, wontons, matzo balls, kreplach, kartoffelknoedel, and pierogi or one of hundred of other sobriquets.  Though I grew up slurping Campbell’s chicken and dumpling soup, I […]

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  • July 24, 2017 - 9:15 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - The dish looks delicious Nancy. Like everyone, I love dumplings. D for dumplings makes it a good letter in the cookery encyclopedia mix.ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2017 - 9:16 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy! I’ve made chicken and biscuits many times, but this was a new one for me. I’ll definitely make it again.ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2017 - 2:10 am

    Angel Stew & Devil's Brew - This sounds delicious! I’ll definitely be making this. I have my grandma’s tried n’ true recipe but it’s always nice to change things up a bit. Thanks for sharing this!ReplyCancel

This is week two of recipes starting with the letter C.  The recipe for cheese sticks sounded vague. I think if I had followed the directions as written they wouldn’t have come out right.  They needed more rolling and chilling to incorporate the butter into the dough.  I am a fan of southern cheese straws, but […]

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