Author Archives: Cathy Burnham Martin

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."

Say ‘No’ to a Destiny of Self-destruction

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) American statesman; 16th President: 1861-65; assassinated following Civil War

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Chow-der Down!

Let’s celebrate National Clam Chowder Day with a simple discussion of the Great Chowder Debate. Some insist it must have a clear broth base; others want it creamy and thick. Some add tomatoes; some stick to onions and potatoes. Everyone … Continue reading

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Perspective

  “We don’t see things as they are.  We see them as we are.” — Anais Nin (1914-1977) French-born American novelist and dancer

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Bloomin’ Attitude

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808 – 1890) French critic & journalist

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National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

I thought I’d serve up a dish that is often popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s a big hit at Easter, too. Funny, none of those holidays land in February. And yet, February 22 is National Cook a Sweet … Continue reading

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Duh!

“If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) American statesman; 16th President of the United States, 1861-65; assassinated following Civil War

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Speak Up!

  “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) 32nd President of the United States

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Be YOU!

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! — Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (1904 – 1991) American children’s author, illustrator, and political cartoonist Happiest Birthday wishes to my … Continue reading

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Rumaki Anyone?

I was recalling Rumaki, a popular appetizer from the 1950s & 60s. Thought you might like this updated rendition and some variations. Rumaki 1 recipe of Asian Sauce (below) 6 chicken livers, halved 6-oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained 6 … Continue reading

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Educate

  “Bigotry is the disease of ignorance of morbid minds.  Education and free discussion are the antidotes.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) 3rd president of the United States; diplomat, architect, and philosopher (in a letter to John Adams on … Continue reading

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Do a Grouch a Favor Day

I think I will simply share a positive thought for “Do a Grouch a Favor Day.”   “I’ve always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.” — Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989) American professional … Continue reading

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National Wisconsin Day

  Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union in 1848. Being shortly before the Civil War, people met in Ripon, Wisconsin to discuss stopping the spread of slavery, resulting in the creation of the Republican Party. The state then … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

  “Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream world into reality.” — Theodor Reik (1888 – 1969) Austrian psychoanalyst

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National Italian Food Day

  We celebrate National Italian Food Day every year on February 13th.         So, perhaps you’ll want a nice Bolognese pasta, because Ragu alle Bolognese is Italy’s national food, made with meat, tomatoes, and tagliatelle pasta.   … Continue reading

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Turn that Frown Upside Down

  “Start off every day with a smile and get it over with.” — W.C. Fields (1880 – 1996) American actor and comedian

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We Need Songbirds

  “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” — Ella Fitzgerald (1917 – 1996) American jazz singer (I was humbled and honored during work at one fundraising event to share a dressing room with the “First Lady of … Continue reading

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Defend Freedom

  “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. “ — Edward R. Murrow (1908 – 1965) American broadcast journalist and war correspondent  

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National Potato Lovers Month

Potato? What’s not to love?!?         Potato chips, especially homemade, could have their own food group.           Bake them, fry them, mash them, but do include me in the fan club for National … Continue reading

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Thank You, Friends

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” — Irish proverb I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate. I am blessed with a wealth of good friends. Thank you.

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Laughter Is Always

  “Laughter is the closest distance between two people.” — Victor Borge (1909 – 2000) Danish-American comedian & pianist

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Snack Attack!

Celebrate National Snack Food Month with something salty and delicious. For me, while serving up fresh crostini with some Tomatoes Roma, I included nibbles on the side thanks to our friend, Marti Williams, who introduced us to these addictive little … Continue reading

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Let Adversity Build Your Strength

    “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” — Colonel Sir Claude McDonald (1852 – 1915) British soldier and diplomat    

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Practice Hope

“Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.” Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993) American clergyman and author (Quote is from “Positive Thinking Every Day.”)

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Ice Cream for Breakfast

We celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day with ice cream straight up or served on waffles. Make it your favorite ice cream flavor or flavors… or go for bacon ice cream to feel more “traditional” at breakfast time.   I … Continue reading

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Have a Hot Breakfast

  We’re celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month during February. Fresh, warm muffins… eggs and bacon… hot cereal with raisins or berries and brown sugar… pancakes or waffles with warmed 100% pure maple syrup. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. … Continue reading

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Optimist Day

When it comes to name calling, call me an optimist each and every day of the week, for I’d much rather be called an optimist than a pessimist. So, do I see the glass as half full or half empty. … Continue reading

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Perspective

“Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.” — Dandamis Brahmin philosopher 4th Century BC

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National Croissant Day

  I was first introduced to croissants while on a college internship in Copenhagen, Denmark. Each morning, as I traversed the walking street near my destination, I learned to stop in at a pastry shop.         What … Continue reading

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Things that make us say, “Hmmmm.”

  This aphorism would be seven words long if it were six words shorter.

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Ahhh… to Seek Wisdom

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  January 27 is the day established by the United Nations in 2005 for all nations to remember the Holocaust committed by the Nazis.       From 1933 and 1945 they eliminated 6-million Jews, two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population … Continue reading

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Good for YOU!

  “Aim above morality.  Be not simply good, be good for something.” — Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) American naturalist, philosopher, and writer

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National Florida Day

The Sunshine State became a US Territory in 1921, after falling under colonial rule by France, Spain, and Great Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries. Florida became our nation’s 27th state in 1845. Of course, Native Americans were living … Continue reading

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And the Sun Rises on a New Day

  “There won’t be a better tomorrow if you can’t move on from today.” — Unknown

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Rah! Rah! Rhubarb!

Though this is National Rhubarb Pie Day, we’ll have to use frozen rhubarb, because Spring is still way off in most parts of the country. But rhubarb is a great addition to our diets if we have health concerns. Rich … Continue reading

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For the Love of Brownies!

  This is National Blonde Brownie Day! Oooooh, I have such fond memories of Mom regularly making these for us in the 1950s and 60s. Then I started making them, too. Nothing has changed. They are still merely mahhhhvelous!   … Continue reading

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National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Whether you think squirrels are pests or fascinations, they are playful and agile rodents. Indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, they are indeed rodents, in the same family as chipmunks, woodchucks, prairie dogs, rats, mice, and beavers. However, they … Continue reading

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Say, “Cheese!”

For National Cheese Lover’s Day, I’ll share my updated 1990s recipe for stuffed zucchini boats. They are Super Simple and fast to make. They’re moist and cheesy. Cathy’s Stuffed Zucchini Boats 3 medium zucchini, not peeled, ends cut off, halved … Continue reading

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Trust, But Verify

“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” — Stephen King (1947 – ) American author

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Ah, Politics!

We are not the first generation to witness a barrage of attacks on someone in politics with whom folks disagree.       “Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln.” — … Continue reading

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