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2008: Food Community in Pictures

On New Year's Eve I spent some time re-living the closing year by going through my photos.  So many good things in food have happened this year that I struggled to pick one photo from each month to represent the best intersection of food and community. For these "best of" moments, I felt the struggle Jan Longone describes in deciding among many best beloved cookbooks to represent themes in her culinary exhibit on women's empowerment. …

Brune Pinner: Cookie Research in Norway

For the past few days I've been traipsing across this bridge to explore the historic side of Kongsberg. Yesterday I saw the sun for the first time as it was setting over the old town, just after 2pm, with the beautiful church tower lit up on the right. And as surely as dark follows day, I ended up once more at sweet and cozy Cafe Lotte.   

When I ordered my favorite cookie - the Brune Pinner - I mentioned how much I liked it and how I was going to search for a recipe when I got home. …

Public Service Announcement: Can't Afford Not To

If ever there was a year when we could all use $1200 dollars worth of bang for $240 worth of buck, this is it. Maybe everyone else knows about it already, but I didn't get it until a few years ago. There are three Michigan Tax Credits that get us off our asses to make charitable donations in the categories the State has anointed with 50% rebates. And, since a charitable donation also reduces our taxable income, each $400 donation toward our lovely state ends up actually costing only about $80. …

Dispatch from Norway: Christmas Cookies

It's 3pm and night is falling here in snowy Kongsberg, Norway. This former silver mining town is home to the Norwegian mint, and also to Norway's oldest and largest baroque church, inaugurated in 1761 and seating 2400. The bridge over the river Numedalslågen (which could have been the filming location for It's a Wonderful Life) divides the town in two halves - old and new. The new side has the train station and a tiny shopping mall. …

Holiday Nights and Cooking Days at Greenfield Village

As an elementary school bookworm who wore glasses starting in 5th grade, I loved Little Women, The Little Princess, and especially Laura Ingalls Wilder - all those romanticized visions of the past where a good time was kicking an inflated pig's bladder around the yard on butchering day.   

My great grandfather, the nicest man you could ever meet, was a little bald gnome somewhere under five feet tall. …

The Farmer's Marketer Holiday Gift and Cheer Guide

In addition to the homemade granola, various wine vinegars, apricot butter, rose-red raspberry liqueur, and don't forget the prunes in armagnac, the Farmer's Marketeer has been cataloging a few of the things she's considering for holiday treats for her family this year.  

As The Little Prince says "It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."  …

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