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National Flip-Flop Day

Pick your favorite color… and material. Wear them to the beach or the park. Wear them grocery shopping or bar hopping. While I am not a fan of seeing them on passengers in airports, I do understand they are super … Continue reading

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National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Yum! If a super strawberry dessert deserves its own day, a strawberry shortcake wins my vote. Always a crowd-pleaser on a summery day, slice up those fresh berries (and mash more than half of them to up the juiciness). I … Continue reading

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

Any way you make ‘em, I just know these are melt in your mouth yummy. Mom rocked these… straight out of the original Betty Crocker Cookbook. I’ll share a couple of my old recipes here. First, my 1970 recipe card. … Continue reading

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You’ve GOT This!

  “Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda Legendary Jedi Master in “Star Wars” films   (Photo by Riku Lu)

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National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

‘Tis the season to enjoy fresh rhubarb. If you are a fan, that is. And I am indeed a fan… from raw straight out of the garden to cooked down into a sauce. Strawberries prove to be the perfect companion … Continue reading

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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Not that we need an “official” holiday to indulge, but any excuse to visit an old-fashioned ice cream parlor is a good excuse! Or simply load up a bowl at home… enjoy au natural or loaded with your favorite toppings … Continue reading

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National Say Something Nice Day

Kind words cost us nothing, but they just could mean the world to someone else. With likable folks, it’s easy to find positive things to say. That becomes a bit more challenging with any miserable person in our midst. Typically, … Continue reading

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National Hamburger Day!

Pick a burger, any burger… fresh or frozen. Today is the day to dig in! Choose your favorite, be it a basic burger or the cheesiest possible. Perhaps you like some of the nation’s regional flavor twists or a simple … Continue reading

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National Paper Airplane Day

Fly! Fly! Fly! Every May 26th comes this simple day of fanciful fun for children and adults. If you like folding your own paper airplanes, you may know the whimsical term “aerogami,” a nod to origami, the Japanese art of … Continue reading

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National Strawberry Month

Very little rivals the nutritious scrumptiousness of a freshly picked strawberry! Raw or cooked, they are simply yummy! By request, I just made a strawberry-rhubarb pie for hubby… a favorite of his. (He actually wanted it for Christmas, but I … Continue reading

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National Date Your Mate Month

Okay! It’s Friday… Date Night! For us that has often meant a trip to Home Depot, where we find ourselves so often, the staff calls us by our first names. We can do better for a Date Night…. For example, … Continue reading

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National Shrimp Day

Okayyyyyyy! Go for the oxymoron and enjoy some crispy, cold jumbo shrimp cocktail with a zesty horseradish dipping sauce. Or simply grill some beauties in garlic butter and sprinkle with some favorite herbs. For extreme decadence, bake some colossal shrimp … Continue reading

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National Oatmeal Cookie Day & National Raisin Day

What better way to celebrate both these days than with a warm, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie! So, here is my 1980 spin on my mother’s classic 1950s Oatmeal Icebox Cookies. Primarily, I used less sugar and more nuts and fruit. … Continue reading

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National Scrabble Day

April 13th is the birthday of Poughkeepsie, New York Architect Alfred Mosher Butts (1899-1993), inventor of the Scrabble game in 1931. Originally called “Criss Cross,” he based it on both the crossword puzzle and anagrams. In 1948, the game was … Continue reading

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National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Ahhhhh…. Crispy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside! (Add a rustic tomato-basil soup or  onion soup on the side for dipping perfection!) My fave way to get the exterior crispy perfection is to spread the outside of … Continue reading

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Happy National Soup It Forward Day!

Yes! This is a real thing. Every March 3rd National Soup It Forward Day encourages us to deliver love and kindness by the bowlful because a warm cup of kindness comes in many forms. To that end, I gleefully serve … Continue reading

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Crazy for Cranberries

‘Tis the season for the crazy, crunchy little fruit that will pucker your sucker.  The historic cranberry is now used in an endless array of yummy dishes.  If you like to make your own cranberry sauce to accompany a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Add Lobaciousness to Your Life!

My latest cookbook has just been released in paperback and digital formats.  “Lobacious Lobster” is packed with 200 decadently delicious and super simple recipes, plus more than 100 color photographs. I literally could not help but create a new word … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

‘Tis the season to add the tartness of cranberries to the menu.  While I offer the Cranberry Cooking cookbook full of super simple recipes, I share here a yummy way to start a day with the zing of cranberries. For … Continue reading

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Super Simple Sweetheart Goodies

For Valentines Day and beyond, look for easy recipes.  They can be assembled quickly with few ingredients.  You can find yummy ideas in some unexpected places. For example, in the Dockside Dining… Back for Thirds cookbook, recipes were designed for backyard … Continue reading

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Cheese Crisps Have Hit the Stores!

Since I first made these gems in the late 1970’s, folks have asked why I didn’t sell them.  That’s not my focus, but I figured someone else would… someday.  That day is now. “Fresh Gourmet” is the name under which … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

‘Tis the season to start savoring the tartly delectable cranberry!  My Cranberry Cooking cookbook (in paperback and digital formats) celebrates one of America’s most under-rated fruits.  Whether you enjoy them in breads or desserts, sweetened in a sassy sauce, nestled … Continue reading

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Chronicles and Cathy

YouTube has the program on which I just appeared on January 6, when Kevin Avard interviewed me regarding my latest books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiKww1e1gCk# is the link or simply Google “Gate City Chronicles – Cathy Burnham” to check it out.  (Oh, my!  It … Continue reading

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My 2nd Dockside Dining Cookbook Arrives

Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com are two of the places where you can find both cookbooks.  So savor summer forever by breaking out the barbeque!  This handy little series was developed for those who love life on the waterways, but … Continue reading

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Savoring Summer

In the North, we tend to say the same sort of thing at this time of year… “The summers are just too short!” But savoring the beauty of change becomes part of the art of experiencing all four seasons.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Summer Fortitude

‘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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Zenzational Friends and Good Times

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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Childhood Comfort Food Memories

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

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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Red Arrow Diner Special – Yum!!!

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

  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

  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

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

  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

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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Outdoor Entertaining

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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Go Guilt Free After the Holidays

  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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