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Great Ideas November 9, 2020

My love affair with France started over 20 years ago when I picked up my first Peter Mayle novel, Toujours Provence. I instantly was enamored with his stories of this enchanting region.


Dinner Table, Great Ideas October 5, 2018

I have finally learned the culinary secret to a hardboiled egg that peels perfect every time. This has been an adult pursuit of mine and I have only just mastered it. In my determination to find the best cooking method for easy peeling I have had to wrestle through the decision of what egg to buy. The types of eggs now available boggles the mind: caged, free-range, free-run, cage-free and now PASTURE RAISED.  You can even  purchase a bottle of  Mayo made with Cage Free Eggs. I have studied the nuances and can help you make an informed decision regarding the type of egg to purchase. The secret in defining  types of eggs has everything to do with the housing of the hen. It is the heart of the matter.

The Ethical Easter Egg

Great Ideas March 30, 2017

Easter is the most powerful of  Christian observances. Resurrection Sunday is full of hope and celebration!   One of the traditions surrounding Easter is children filling baskets with chocolate. When my children were young we would attend a sunrise church service on Sunday morning and then return home to discover chocolate eggs placed under pillows, on window sills and in cereal boxes.  As they grew older we created scavenger hunts to find milk chocolate bunnies & eggs.  It was during this yearly ritual and I came to believe choosing Fair Trade Chocolate was so important.