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Sunrise, Sunset: Kicking off 2014 with a 60th Wedding Anniversary

2014 started with the excitement of my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary – a milestone that might be as awesome as the sun rising and setting each day.

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Oatmeal Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookie

A Baking Bonanza and an Oatmeal Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe

The 3rd Annual Hermine Memorial Cookie Exchange and a recipe for an Oatmeal Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookie – it’s time to get in the kitchen and bake!

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cranberry orange rugelach

Cranberry Orange Rugelach for Aunt Marilyn and Thanksgivukkah

A new recipe for a cranberry orange rugelach, inspired by my Aunt Marilyn and giving a nod to the once-in-a-lifetime holiday of Thanksgivukkah.

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California Coast

Enjoying the Bounty of Friends, Farms, and the California Coast

A visual trip through the beauty and bounty of the Northern California Coast as 6 high school friends gather for a long reunion weekend.

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Bowing to the Braising Pot

Braising is such a perfect cooking technique for fall food and weather – and if you’re lucky, it might make your family bow down to your cooking efforts!

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College Bound

It’s a New Day – College Bound

We’re college bound! @TechSavvyTeen is now a young adult and on his way to college and Not Dormant Chef appears in the blog for the first time!

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strawberry salsa

Strawberry Salsa with Fresh Basil and Balsamic – The Perfect Summer Appetizer

A simple summer appetizer using strawberries at their peak of flavor and combined simply with balsamic vinegar and basil. Just add crackers and goat cheese!

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Hibiscus Margarita

Hibiscus Margarita: Toasting a Month of Celebrations

Cheers to a month of celebrations including graduations, birthdays, and the long-awaited lazy days of summer – kick off the party with a hibiscus margarita!

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