Make the most of basil, summer’s favorite herb

The garden gods have been good to me so far this summer, even if the weather has been something of a nightmare for those of us without central air. Despite a long string of 90-degree days and not enough rain, my basil is thriving. Thanks to soft and tasty leaves at the ready, pesto is […]

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Memorable recipes for Memorial Day

  Burgers and potato salad are traditional fare at Memorial Day picnics, but it’s also fun to shake things up every now and again with an unexpected new flavor. And if the recipe for said dish is as easy as it is lip-smacking? So much the better for the cook, who would much rather be […]

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Easier holiday entertaining: Yes, it can be done

It just wouldn’t be the season without some sort of festive gathering of family and friends. Usually, bless their generous souls, some brave couple in my neck of the woods takes on the task of hosting a holiday party. This year, it was me who took the reins and ran with it — and very […]

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