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Soft pretzels aren’t hard to make

Soft pretzels aren’t hard to make

I had a neighbor many years ago who made these pretzels one day when our kids were in nursery school.…

Drunken pasta’s a great twist on wine with dinner

Drunken pasta’s a great twist on wine with dinner

Here’s a good reason to open a bottle of red wine – Drunken Pasta.  After slightly cooking your pasta in…

Groove is in the biscotti

Groove is in the biscotti

My old newspaper job was one I loved, but it was a job that could, at times, leave my psyche…

Salmon Ravioli

Salmon Ravioli

It’s always fun to demonstrate how easy it is to make homemade ravioli.  There are so many ways to make…

Making the most of Michigan’s apple bonanza

Making the most of Michigan’s apple bonanza

An unusually mild winter and a vicious spring freeze made 2012 the worst year ever for Michigan’s fruit crops. The…

Thirtysomething: Diamond’s celebrating big anniversary with new menu, specials, facelift

Thirtysomething: Diamond’s celebrating big anniversary with new menu, specials, facelift

Diamond’s Steak and Seafood in downtown Howell is celebrating 30 years in business with a new menu and anniversary specials…

The last edge of summer: Give me just one more juicy bite

The last edge of summer: Give me just one more juicy bite

September is scooting along.  School busses whiz by daily in a goldenrod blur, with drivers eager to deliver their cargo…

Watermelon Waldorf Salad

Here’s a different way to serve watermelon, for Memorial Day and all summer long. 2 cups cubed watermelon (about ½”…

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Rhubarb

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Rhubarb

But I do. It’s beautiful. At least he knows what it is now. Unlike last year, when I…uh…kinda stole rhubarb…

A twist on green eggs: Pesto-stuffed

A twist on green eggs: Pesto-stuffed

I thought these eggs would be a pretty addition to an Easter buffet or perfect for a Spring brunch. I…

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Book Biz: My Local Google Specialist, Paper Savings Bonds, The Craft of Bookbinding

Book Biz: My Local Google Specialist, Paper Savings Bonds, The Craft of Bookbinding

Do you have a web site? If so, you probably get recorded calls that begin, “Hi, I’m Sharon (sometimes Susan if you are out west)…

Book Biz: Kalamazoo Renaissance, eBook Royalties, Yoopers, Conservative Book Sales Drop

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Bookmark this life: My disappearing universe

Bookmark this life: My disappearing universe

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.~ Drew Barrymore How…

Make This School Year Great

Legislator trying to turn back fireworks law

Genesis House welcomes contributions for 13th Annual Walkathon

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Which is More Valuable: College Degree or Certification?

Which is More Valuable: College Degree or Certification?

As prices skyrocket, the clear ROI of a 4-year degree is plummeting. Increasingly, certifications seem to be offering greater value, but at far less cost. JT discusses his views on Degrees vs. Certifications.…

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Bookmark this life: My disappearing universe

Bookmark this life: My disappearing universe

I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into…

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There He Goes Again, Calling Himself a Nerd

There He Goes Again, Calling Himself a Nerd

 I’m getting kind of tired of all Governor Snyder’s “Nerd” nonsense. I mean, c’mon. I can…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… Who Is That Looking Back? A Mom’s Experiment in Finding Her Center

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall… Who Is That Looking Back? A Mom’s Experiment in Finding Her Center

Have you ever looked in the mirror and not quite recognized the person staring back? You…