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  • Uncle Richard’s Meatballs-getting this recipe was my highlight of 2018! Great video of him in the post. Love you Zio!
  • Lemon Ricotta Cookies - tied with Lemon Cheesecake bars for first place in my heart - from past blogs.
  • Looking at past blog posts makes me want to eat pasta NOW!
  • Lemon Cheesecake bars- if loving them is wrong, I don't want to be right - from a past blog.
  • Polenta was my dad's favorite - another blast from my blogging past.
  • Seven layer cookie - my truest love in college - a blast from my blogging past.
  • Can't wait for blackberry season -my favorite blackberry tart - from blogs from the past
  • Lemon Ricotta Pancakes - one of my daughter's favorite things - I'm going down blog memory lane.
  • My favorite cream of mushroom soup with thyme and sherry - yum -- blogs from the past!
  • A blast from my Cannoli blog past.
  • Made some almond biscotti a few days ago. Maybe I won't share after all.

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If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

December 1, 2017

I always worry that I’m not experimental enough in the kitchen. I find a good recipe and then stick with it for the rest of my life.  This worry was spurred by a friend once comparing me to another friend who cooks.  She said, “You’re a great home cook, but ______, well he’s a chef.” My pride was wounded, but I understood. The friend who she was talking…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

On my morning walk with Topper I was thinking how thankful I am for you, my faithful blog readers.  Maybe I overshare sometimes, but when I write, I think of each of you, whether you’re family, friends, co-workers, audiobook and voiceover friends, former PTA partners, or readers I’ve never met. I just have a feeling you can all identify. Sometimes it’s nice to know you’re not alone in…

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Apparently, I AM My Mother

August 23, 2017

Last Sunday, just before my daughter left with her boyfriend to take some things to college, she mentioned that the refrigerator light wasn’t on and the refrigerator didn’t appear to be working. I leaped into panic mode because: Getting anything repaired in Los Angeles is usually expensive. Getting anything repaired on a Sunday in Los Angeles is usually very expensive. I just bought a plane ticket to go…

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What Happens When You Stop Making Plans

August 11, 2017

Back in 2010 when I moved back to Pennsylvania, post divorce, I spent a lot of time with family.  My brother Bob, who was semi-retired at that time and I would occasionally go for walks, and he’d start reflecting back on his life.  He’d ask me things like what I wanted to be remembered for. I kept thinking,  What the hell! I’m only 55, do I have to…

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Happy Groundhog Day!

February 2, 2017

I am clearly still getting used to being a full-time writer, but in an effort to not look as lazy and shifless as I clearly am, I am re-posting an old favorite of mine, “The Real Truth About Sex and Love, A Groundhog Day Story.” I wish you all a Happy Groundhog Day full of fun and surprises, like one of mine was many years ago! Click on…

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My First Christmas Alone

December 28, 2016

Most of you will read this and think, “Oh God no! Fran had to spend a Christmas alone?!!!” I didn’t have to, I chose to, and actually, it was pretty wonderful. (Especially since hazelnut thumbprints were involved.)The kids and I celebrated on the 23rd with dinner out and gift giving, so when they left on the 24th, I was OK. (If they hadn’t celebrated with me first, I…

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I Want to Bake Christmas Cookies

December 13, 2016

For eight years, I wanted nothing more than a full time job so I could live like a normal human and not worry 24 hours  a day. Now I have a full-time job and I’d really like to blog and bake cookies, but I’m so pooped by the time I get home, get something to eat and clean up, I don’t have time or the energy. I also…

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And the Mystery Food is:_________

November 22, 2016

Well, I soaked it and soaked it. And after a lot of scraping, I uncovered what is definitely an apricot pit. So, since several of you answered correctly, I have to send the five dollars to the first person who guessed correctly, Nicol Zanzarella. So Nicol, I will either mail it to you, or hand it to you next time we meet for coffee because a promise is…