Author Archives: VOO

Go Bananas

“One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.” — Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest In general, I’m calmer in the summer. I love long daylight hours. I love July (fireworks! my … Continue reading

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Better Than Butter

“Nor do I try to keep a garden, only An avocado in a glass of water…” — James Merrill, The Broken Home Okay, so I don’t exactly have a green thumb. I’m the first to admit that I’m not great … Continue reading

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Oats: They’re What’s for Dinner

“Wild oats will get sown some time, and one of the arts of life is to sow them at the right time.” — The Quest of the Golden Girl, Richard Le Gallienne I want to sow my oats and eat … Continue reading

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I’m So Kneady

“Who hath not met with home-made bread, A heavy compound of putty and lead … ?” — Miss Kilmansegg and Her Precious Leg (1870), Thomas Hood So homemade bread has been getting a bad rap for at least 141 years, … Continue reading

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Cuckoo for Coconut

“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk. Did you know that? That’s a fact.” — Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), Midnight Cowboy Well, we’re a little short on sunshine here today in Chicago-land, thanks to … Continue reading

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First You Take a Leek … or an Onion … or What Have You

“…For this is every cook’s opinion, No savoury dish without an onion; But, lest your kissing should be spoiled, Your onions must be thoroughly boiled…” —Market Women’s Cries, Jonathan Swift Leeks, onions, scallions, shallots (boiled, or not): any will do … Continue reading

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Rice Is Nice

“…They sailed to the Western Sea, they did, To a land all covered with trees, And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart, And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart, And a hive of silvery Bees. And … Continue reading

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Pop Till You Drop

“You know, I once scored 41 points on a league championship game. … Yeah, and on the same day I invented the space shuttle and microwave popcorn.” – Gabriella, High School Musical Okay, I don’t really want to talk about … Continue reading

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You Say Potato

“It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.” — Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams I know Douglas Adams discovered the meaning of life and all, but I just have to respectfully … Continue reading

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Salad Day (and Cornbread Day, too)

“My salad days, when I was green in judgment…” – Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare Cleopatra and I have a lot in common. Ancient Egyptian queen, 21st century Midwestern mom – you don’t need me to point out the parallels. … Continue reading

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