Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

Pressure Cooking Fresh Eggs and Dying Brown Eggs

After raising hens with large brown eggs, I thought I must be crazy to feel I had to buy white eggs to dye for Easter.  After all, could brown eggs REALLY hold color like a white egg?  The answer to the question is YES!  Not only can the brown eggs hold the color, but the color is deeper and richer BECAUSE of the eggs being brown. However, with fresh eggs becomes a challenge with hardboiling.  WHY? I discovered very quickly that attempting to boil fresh eggs led to a peeling…

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How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

How to Create a Somewhat Vegan Graduate Recital Reception

Two years ago, my eldest had requested that I cater her senior recital at her college.   Although the reception went nicely, I felt the table looked a little bare.  When she contacted me to cater her graduate recital, not only did I want to fill the table more, but pleasing the masses became more complicated because my daughter had become vegan. Typically, I don’t like to be the boring cheese and crackers type of server.  In this case, even cheese wasn’t something that could be placed on a vegan menu…

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Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Did you hear the story about boy marries girl then girl tries to kill boy then boy runs away from girl and divorces her and swears off girls (well not wholly) and then another girl asks out same boy and the new girl marries the boy and they all lived happily ever after? If you have not heard that story, then Valentines Day is a great day to hear it. In 1992, I met the girl of my dreams. She was pretty, nice and was the type of girl many…

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A Movie Birthday Party – At Home

A Movie Birthday Party – At Home

I grew up in an age of birthday parties at the home of the child who was having the birthday.  We dressed up for the parties.  We opened gifts while other children were there. I remember those at-home parties being a lot of fun as a child.  Then, when I became a parent, the emergence of off-location parties gained popularity.  I didn’t know if that was due to moving to New York or if it had to do with things changing in life. With parents working and trying to keep…

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The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

I thought about it and thought about it…and thought about it some more. I heard all the commercials as people ran to the store. I had great ideas to put on my blog… of quick gifts for Christmas when your brain’s in a fog, Ideas abound all over the net, Things you could do if you happen to forget “DON’T WORRY, WE’RE STILL OPEN!” the commercials all cried. Emails shot to my inbox with the message inside, “It’s okay if you’re late.  Buy a gift card through email.  Or go…

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Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit saddened that my two eldest daughters aren’t here this year.  The eldest is finishing her master’s degree and has to work on Thanksgiving in order to pay for her classes.  The second oldest wanted to visit the family of her boyfriend in another state.  So, it’s the four of us here. When Katie, my eldest, first started going to college, the vacation days she had for Thanksgiving were so short that it wasn’t worth a $400 or more plane ticket to…

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