Monthly Archives: December 2011

Postcard from Up North

There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best, as the past withdraws. ~Joahann Wolfgang Von Goethe

(Happy New Year …

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Caramel Corn to help you ring in the New Year


Every year around the holidays, memories of the times I’ve spent up north at Christmas and New Year’s inevitably surface. I’ve never been much of a New Year’s Eve fan, at least not once I started going out for parties …

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Postcard from Up North

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ Calvin Coolidge

(Twinkling lights on Main Street, in …

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Postcard from Up North

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. ~Anne Frank

(The good-hearted–and huge–Howse family has been satisfying many a sweet tooth here for generations, and fudge is just …

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Lebanese Baklawa. Do you hear what I hear?

The role baklawa plays in the repertoire of the Lebanese home cook is formidable. Most every Lebanese woman of my parents’ generation makes her baklawa for special occasions, especially Christmas. We swoon over baklawa to such a degree that it’s …

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