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Cherry Torte

“Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder, Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.” -Emily Dickinson   Before the cherry season passes us by, I want to put up my mom’s cherry torte recipe.  It has a chewy, meringue-y crust that is not too sweet.  If you use canned cherry filling you can make this in about half the time, but it will be a much sweeter dessert.  […]

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Every Dog has its Day

—and for our dogs that day is every day.  Something happens to people whose children have left the nest.  They have excess time and love to lavish, but the objects of their affection have moved on, and sometimes the beneficiaries of this change in their lives are the family dogs.  We’ve had four shelter dogs in our married life, and they’ve all been wonderful animals that brought joy and companionship to our family.  Mac, our cranky sixteen-year-old terrier, had nearly […]

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All-American Acai Bowl

If you’re a foodie, you know all about acai bowls.  They’re a frozen smoothie made of acai (pronounced ah-saw-ee) berries, assorted fresh fruit and honey, topped with more fresh fruit, coconut shavings and sometimes, granola.  Acai berries come from the Amazon rainforest, and are reputed to be a powerful antioxidant.  I’m not qualified to attest to the health benefits of acai, but the acai bowl is the most delicious thing I’ve had in a long time; it’s like eating a […]

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Maryland Blue Crab Cakes with Summer Succotash Salad

Today!  A Recipe from White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford I’m delighted to share a recipe from my friend Cris Comerford, the quiet force behind the amazing food in the White House kitchen since 2005.  Cris is the first woman to serve as Executive Chef at the White House, where she has worked since 1995, mastering the intricacies of planning, shopping, cooking, and presenting thousands of beautiful meals to the President, his family, and his guests each year. Cris has […]