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Raclette

WHAT IT IS Raclette is a type of cheese and also a manner for eating it.  It melts beautifully and easily, and in Switzerland you can find restaurants carving long, gooey slices from large hunks of raclette cheese, to be draped over potatoes and served up to grateful customers.  While in Germany, we discovered an appliance for do-it-yourself …

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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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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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