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Bunny Food

I want to have a serious bunny talk.  This conversation may be past-due, but as Herbstbaum pointed out in her lovely springtime post, it is still the Easter season.  (I have to digress for a moment here, and point out that I finally figured how to make a nice, clean link.  This may not seem …

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Ya, Dancer!

While you’re drinking that green beer this weekend, pay attention to the entertainment.  Those step dancers are athletes and artists, keeping alive the grand tradition of the Emerald Isle. WHAT IT IS Irish dance is not only a tradition that dates back to the 15th century in Ireland–it is a competitive sport.  Dancers will compete in hard shoe and soft …

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Budget Barista Series: Espresso

Espresso is the foundation for many popular hot and cold Italian beverages, so by rights it should have gone first in my “Budget Barista Series.”  But cappuccino’s more fun, and one of my all-time favorite drinks besides, so it got top billing. WHAT IT IS The Italian cousin to Turkish coffee, espresso is strong, dark, …

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Pancake Tuesday

Ash Wednesday is just around the corner–this year it falls on February 22.  So get ready to fire up your griddle and pour out the pancake batter on Pancake Tuesday! WHAT IT IS “Shrovetide” is the English name for the two or three days immediately preceding Lent, and the Tuesday before Lent is known as Shrove …

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Pretty, Perky Polish Pottery

What’s pretty, perky, and plays well with others?  Why, Polish pottery, of course!  I was introduced to this delightful stoneware while living in Munich.  The region of Boleslawiec, Poland, where the pottery is made, is near the German border.  An enterprising expat mom named Shari recognized the appeal of the pottery and made a small cottage …

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Feuerzangenbowle

As kids, we gathered round the campfire.  As adults, we can gather round the Feuerzangenbowle! WHAT IT IS Feuerzangenbowle translates as “fire-tongs punch” or even more descriptively as “flaming fire-tongs punch” (feuer means fire, zangen means tongs, and bowle means punch).  It is essentially a dramatic and entertaining way to make a type of Glühwein.  A …

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