Author Archives: Cathy Burnham Martin

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 14 books, and counting! As a lifelong corporate communications geek, I enjoy a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with my husband, I have passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. 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.

Summer Fortitude

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‘Tis the season when the days stretch mercifully slowly into night.  Summer Solstice means our daylight hours will start to grow shorter, but the sun’s warmth now gets deeper.  Summer fun rules supreme… or, at least, it should! Where my … Continue reading

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Blessing of Friends

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May marks my birthday month.  I really gave the event little thought.  I ended up spending the evening with wonderful friends strolling the Portsmouth harbor for the annual Hit the Decks event, heralding Spring on the New Hampshire seacoast.  Oh … Continue reading

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Zenzational Friends and Good Times

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The Ronald and I have some of the most wonderful friends in the world.  (Of course, I hope everyone feels that way about their best buds, but I still must give proper appreciation to ours… naturally… for being the very … Continue reading

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My Perfect Diet

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Is there such a thing?  Sure.  But each of us is different.  Our individual bodies have individual needs, tolerances, and even cravings.  Some food and nutrition basics apply to us all however.  If we follow basics and good instincts our … Continue reading

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Childhood Comfort Food Memories

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Even comfort food can’t always be about popcorn and hotdogs, although they remain not-so-secret favorites of mine still today.  Comfort food, when I was a child, included almost everything my Mom or Dad prepared.  It ranged from Mom’s melt-in-my-mouth whoopee … Continue reading

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Farewell to Football

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Be not sad football fans… it’s just for the season!  As with every year, there were lots of highs and lows… resounding victories and near-misses… superstars and super flops.  We cheered and we jeered.  In the end, whether our favorite … Continue reading

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Diet Dilemma

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  “I tried dieting for a month; I lost 31 days.” Okay… ha, ha, ha!  We’ve all heard all the quips about dieting.  However, laughing at ourselves when we struggle for discipline is far from easy.  So, we look for … Continue reading

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Red Arrow Diner Special – Yum!!!

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If you have an affinity for great diners, then you likely know (or know of) Manchester, New Hampshire’s claim to diner fame.  The Red Arrow 24-hour diner stands out as an award-winning classic by any standards.   Today they were … Continue reading

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Christmas Celebrations to Cherish

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  For the love of Christmas!  I have always loved Christmas… the decorations, candlelight services, fresh baked aromas, music, parties, family gatherings, sharing.  But with no small children in the home any longer, the need for all the presents under … Continue reading

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Twisted Tiramisu Treat

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  In our continuing quest to share easy tips and suggestions to make Good Living as easy as 1-2-3, we’ve got another great recipe for you.  This one was tested out on friends and family on Thanksgiving and got unanimously … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fall Foliage

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My mind marvels at God’s glory every year when the trees turn their gallantly green leaves to Autumn’s fiery pallet of red, yellow, orange, gold, bronze, and burgundy.  Each day I can literally watch the same trees and yet see … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

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  Fresh Cranberries When Autumn temperatures arrive, delivering their cool evenings and crispy, clear mornings, many delightful memories burst back into view.  The splendidly vibrant fall foliage colors reign high on the list.  As a child, I remember going on … Continue reading

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Easy Dockside Dining

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When we hang out dockside, I like to serve foods that I can prepare ahead of time.  Then, when folks spontaneously decide it’s time to eat, I am ready to cook before the grill is even done preheating.  Advance planning … Continue reading

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Roman Toga Party

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Theme parties set the stage for fun.  In college we found toga parties to be a blast, but as adults, they’re still a hoot-and-a-half.  They’re easy for guests, too.  Simply tie on a white bed sheet and decorate your head … Continue reading

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Paradise North Carolina

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I get it… I totally get it.  Silver Fox Farm is a pastoral paradise!  Hubby and I have been renovating a large ranch in North Carolina.  The original part was built by  his parents when they retired… a perfect escape … Continue reading

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Graduation Day

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Ron’s #1 Eldest Daughter earned high academic honors in her studies to become a Registered Nurse.  Keira honored Dad by asking him to pin her in the RN Pinning Ceremony, which preceded the actual graduation.  All family members thorough enjoyed … Continue reading

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Outdoor Entertaining

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We were recently invited to an outdoor appetizer party with an international theme.  After a busy day of boating, I knew I needed a super simple-to-prepare recipe that was also super satisfying for ravenous appetites.   Recognizing a pot luck … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day

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For Mother’s Day I got thinking about family heritage… and food, naturally.  My parents are both wonderful  cooks and took great care to teach us good cooking technique along with the reasons “why.”  All the while, they instilled a spirit … Continue reading

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The Tower of London

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Even for us Americans, there is something truly special about visiting “the Motherland,” Great Britain.  A visit to the Tower of London is easily a full day’s adventure and teaches us so much about our Founding Fathers’ heritage.   Why separate … Continue reading

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Ron Howard and Racine

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Hmmm… a month ago in the blog, I got talking about seeing Ron Howard at Racine in London and totally forgot to share our beautiful evening of food with you.  For this French dining experience, I started with Seared Foie … Continue reading

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A Taste of London

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London, as is the case with most European cities, presents an eclectic collection of cultures and cuisines.  If true English fare doesn’t suit your taste, then skip the meat pies, the bubble and squeak, and even the fish and chips. … Continue reading

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London Style Tropical Fruit Smoothie

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A nice surprise I found at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Café in London were the fresh fruit smoothies.  I chose their Tropical Smoothie, which oozed with freshly pressed (or squeezed, as we Americans say) pineapple, papaya, mango, and coconut.  The … Continue reading

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Jolly Ol’ London Town

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The English have long-suffered a somewhat less than celebratory reputation for their cuisine.  Well, much has improved!  Even my hubby now relishes the “Full English Breakfast,” with its eggs and bacon, beans, mushrooms, and toast.   While in London, if … Continue reading

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Taste Bud Travels

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Traveling, for me, is much about absorbing the culture, the people, the lifestyle, and the rhythm of the area.  Food is paramount for this dedicated foodie.  For many years, I simply have said that I travel on my taste buds. … Continue reading

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Go Guilt Free After the Holidays

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  It’s the end of January. If you haven’t stopped already, now is the time to quit beating yourself up over all the delicious indulgences consumed throughout the holiday season. We only get a short run on this planet. While … Continue reading

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Super Simple Pepperoni Chips – Our Free Gift to YOU!

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Whether you are lifting a glass of bubbly, sipping red wine in front of a fireplace, or enjoying a beer during a favorite sports event on television, we have a Super Simple snack that is AWESOME!  We absolutely love the … Continue reading

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Lift Your Glass!

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We just returned from a Greek Isles cruise that started and stopped in Barcelona, Spain.  Sure, I’ll bring you the latest and greatest tips, tidbits, and recipes from these great adventures, but first, you need to just take a moment … Continue reading

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Summer Travel Quickie

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‘Tis the season to take to the road… or the rail… or the air… or the water.  However you travel, and wherever you go, here are some super simple ideas to take along to make your vacation fun. We all … Continue reading

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What’s in THEIR Food?

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Media pay lots of attention now to food additives and unnecessary or potentially harmful fillers in food… for humans.  What about our beloved pets?  Television and magazine ads make dog and cat food sound as though it is designed and … Continue reading

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Acapulco Party

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The summer is sizzling; so should your parties!  Break out the margarita mix, your favorite tequila, lots of ice and a great blender or two.  Let’s get this party started! Start with your blender and whip up a frosty pitcher … Continue reading

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Lobacious Lobster Time

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‘Tis the season to dig in… and not just to your backyard garden, if you are fortunate enough to have the space for one.  We mean it’s time to dig in to the most sweet and succulent lobster available in … Continue reading

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Oldie, but Oh-So-Goodie!

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Every now and then, in the plethora of emails and stories and jokes that our friends delight in sharing with us all, we receive an unusually wonderful story.  I especially love great stories about dogs, which is obvious since I … Continue reading

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I Do! I Do!

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I Do!  I Do! Hah!  Just returned from Hastings-on-the-Hudson where my brother, Jim, got married this past weekend.  He and his bride, Mindy, pulled off the most beautiful wedding in the midst of perfectly planned herb garden, beyond which a … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Memory

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With Mother’s Day just passed, came lots of fond memories of great family times.  Traditions revolved around gathering as many relatives together as possible to share laughter and lots of splendid dining.  Enjoying wonderful food together is that ongoing common … Continue reading

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Dangerous Consumption Levels

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We’re not talking about overspending here; this is about saving your pet’s life!  Probably most of us have been guilty of feeding the wrong things to our favorite furry beasts.  We think we are giving them a treat, but we … Continue reading

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Orlando Anti-Magic

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Note to self:  Always allow a two-hour minimum to check in for a flight out of Orlando International Airport in Florida during NON-peak travel times; allow three-hours during heavy traffic hours, holidays, school breaks, or summer vacation.  Grab a great … Continue reading

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Dog Jokes with the Miles Paw of Approval

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Since I was a child, I’ve enjoyed collecting sage thoughts and silliness.  Miles insisted some of these gems to into his book, “Dog Days in the Life of the Miles-Mannered Man,” a collection of tall tales, wagging tails, and tantalizing treats.  … Continue reading

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