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  • The Boss

    “Hey boss, come here. I have something to tell you.” He didn’t say, “I have something to ask of you,” or “I have something to discuss with you.” He said, “I have something to tell you.” My wife, Robin, and I first met John Piches...
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  • Baked Potato Soup

      I was asked the other day what could be done with leftover baked potatoes. My response was soup! Yes, soup. Imagine all the flavors associated with baked potatoes as you dip your spoon into a warm, comfort-food bowl of soup. This quick and easy...
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  • Aromas and memories

    Helen Keller once said, “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” When I smell fresh baked bread I remember the pastries at Shubert’s Bakery on Clement Street in San Francisco. I worked with...
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  • Split Pea and Spinach Soup

    There are as many variations of pea soup as there are colors in a painter’s palette. This isn’t your garden-variety pea soup. The fresh baby spinach leaves and fennel, along with  a classic split pea soup base, will be most pleasing to your palate. When...
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  • Bird Nest Soup Recipe

    April Fools’ Day is always celebrated on April 1st. It is the name given to the custom of playing practical jokes on friends, or sending them on fools errands. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes played on friends or relatives last the entire day. Even the news...
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  • Breakfast Quiche

    Breakfast quiche is a welcome change from eggs and potatoes, and was first served to me by my wife’s mom, Hattie, on a cold, snowy morning in Portola, California. Hattie used restaurant style hash browns, but those in the frozen food section of your favorite...
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  • Vegetarians defined

    Vegetarians are sometimes referred to as herbivores, or plant eating animals, as opposed to omnivores, which are animals that eat both plants and animal matter. The distinction does not end there, however. Did you know there are various types of vegetarians? A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats...
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  • Hey Moonies — there is no free lunch

    The Moonies, as they were called back in the day, were devotees of the Korean religious leader, Reverend Sun Myong Moon. They refer to themselves, today, as “Unificationists.” When I met the Moonies in 1971, my roommate, Lol, and I were living on the second...
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  • Savory Cheese and Tomato Pie

    Are you allergic to eggs but would love to eat quiche? Here’s an egg-less quiche for those that are allergic to eggs or for those that want to avoid the extra cholesterol found in traditional quiches. It is fun, easy to prepare and delicious. Be...
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