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A Cake for Easter

With Easter just around the corner, I was brought back in memory of how much my mother loved this holiday.  We would go to church during the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday more than any other time of the year.    Mom would always emphasize…

Smell That Smoke

The other day, thinking about what to make for supper, I happened upon country style ribs looking up at me from the meat case at my local grocery store.  Now, just what could I do with these, I thought.  They looked so meaty and regal,…

March Madness

“March Madness,” the term used to describe the excitement surrounding the Illinois state high school basketball tournaments, first appeared in print almost sixty years ago. It was coined by Henry V. Porter, who started his career as a teacher and coach at Athens High School in central Illinois.   Today there…

To Wheat or Not to Wheat

Going through the check-out counter yesterday, I noticed the March 17 edition of the Woman’s World magazine boasting the “Wheat Belly Diet.”  My curiosity got the best of me, and before I knew it, the magazine came home with me.  After reading the article two…

The Green Salad

Today is St. Patrick’s day, a day that the Irish Americans boast their heritage. There are parades in every major city complete with kilts and bagpipes, the wearing of the green, and of course many Irish restaurants along the way. Today there will be many…

Sundays

Today is Sunday, and I am thinking back when I was 8 years old. My mother always got up early on Sunday, usually around 5:00 am. It was her ritual to rise early, go to the kitchen and get out her cake of yeast, with…

St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Raised in an Italian home, I can honestly say I never knew what Corn Beef and Cabbage was.   We didn’t even have any Irish friends and therefore the chance of even tasting an Irish dish was remotely impossible.  Later on in years, when March 17th…

Beautiful Powell Symphony Hall

Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, I am still reveling in the gift that my husband, Bill, gave me.  I had heard an advertisement on the radio that Casablanca would playing at the Powell Symphony Hall in downtown St. Louis,  and that the…

The Chocolate Conspiracy

Well folks, it’s only been a mere 6 weeks since the last of the Christmas cookies were bagged up and lying on the kitchen counter, still begging us to eat the last of the crumbs.  We said we had our fill of pecan pies, eggnog,…

Rosalie’s Cannoli Cake

A great thing about St. Louis is the quality and abundance of great restaurants.   Take for instance, Tony’s in St. Louis, Annie Gunn’s, and The Melting Pot, both of Chesterfield, and Al’s Steak House Downtown, St. Louis.   Of course who could discount “The Hill” restaurants,…