Traveling to Iceland and Greenland? Here Are Things You’ll Wish You’d Packed. BONUS: What You Can Leave at Home

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At the end of our trip to Greenland and Iceland, I polled our fellow travelers:  “now that you know what you know, what items do you regret not bringing (OR someone else would regret)?”  Of course, you already know to pack binoculars, backpack, underwear, etc.  This is an awesome insightful list of collective experiences.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School

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The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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Unreachable Pantry Space? Build Tilted Shelves–Photo Tutorial

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Our home has nine-foot ceilings. The kitchen cabinets had – until now –miles of inaccessible pantry space up in the nosebleed section. Clearly a home economist did NOT design this kitchen. Just tilt those shelves! Here’s my easy photo how-to.

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Visit Twentynine Palms for a Peaceful, Easy Feeling ~ Road Trip

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Twentynine Palms is an anomaly. You have to crave a whole lotta “nothing” to choose to drive three hours to a hot, dry, dusty and seemingly inelegant place. OK, now that the SNOB is out of me… time to GUSH about this tiny, peaceful, clean, spiritual space.

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International Home + Housewares Show ~ What American Cooks CAN Use

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It felt like Dubai crashed into Bed, Bath and Beyond. A trade show of stuff with something for any home on the planet. This was THE trade show for new or improved, classic or kitchy, high end or cheap, useful or useless STUFF. If you are girly, it’s mecca.

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Myanmar Cultural Tidbit ~ Yellow Face Paint is Beautiful

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Myanmar is Burma with a new name. And it’s on the brink of becoming more “new world” now that foreign travel to this Asian country (west of Thailand, on the Bay of Bengal) is opening up. Which will probably wreck it, my guess. Let me spread some Myanmar charm while I can… people paint their […]

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How to Not Be a Jerk On Valentine’s Day

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You forgot.  Or worse… forgot to CARE.  Either way, that significant other is probably expecting something on Valentine’s Day.  Pull out the keyboard – you’re going to make a “gift certificate.”

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Idaho® Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and Kale ~ And A Blogger Success Story

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Why do my favorite appetizers have tasty CHEESE in them, let alone slices of potatoes?  It was at the recent "Potatopalooza" hosted by the Idaho Potato Commission and presented by Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen that I managed to consume a half dozen of these savory small bites, Idaho Potato Mini Lasagnas with Pesto and […]

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Ridiculously Easy, Best Quiche Recipe Ever

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Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Meatless. Meat-lover. Drop-in guests. Comfort food. Picnic fare. Potluck. It is ridiculously easy to make quiche (and cheap!) When you serve it, people say, “I love quiche!  Why don’t I make it more often?”  Just happened to me yesterday, fed two friends lunch, and they literally did not stop raving. This […]

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The Big Salad ~ Men Love This

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There was a Seinfeld TV episode where George’s date took credit for bringing a takeout salad to Jerry’s.  She carried it in; George had paid for it. She got the credit. George was confounded. The banter was all about The Big Salad. Not the salad.  The. Big. Salad.  This isn’t that salad, but it’s what […]

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Try Making Pie Crust With Butter Instead of Shortening

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Have you ever made an all-butter pie shell?  In my teens, I was enamored with making pies.  My dad was quite skinny, an easy target for my efforts.   Since you couldn’t buy pre-made pie shells in the store back then, the first part of making a pie was obviously making the crust.  Without a food […]

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Anybody Can Install This Kitchen Utensil Rod

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Does your kitchen lack storage space for utensils?  Look at them closely — most can be hung.  Get ready for a nifty and impossibly easy craft — install a Kitchen Utensil Rod.  I made this with a spring-loaded curtain rod and some common “S” hooks.  That’s it, baby.

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Cooking Light? Try THEIR Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cooking Light Magazine — my fav. I tend to tear my issue apart more than any other periodical to try recipes.  Then guess what, they published a gigantic (500 page) book of their recipes, The New Way to Cook Light – Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today’s Home Cook.  That is a mouthful.  So […]

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