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My Beautiful America

My Beautiful America

  Well here we are in 2014, some 238 years after the famous Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, declaring the United States of America to be a free country and independent of the Kingdom of Great Brittan.   Since that day, every…

My Saturday Coffee

I don’t know about you, but I do love to sit at my table on a Saturday morning and sip coffee while looking at the newspaper.  Sometimes, I even put different things in my coffee, like cocoa, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, and even honey.  It is…

My Funny Dad/Ode to Father’s Day

Thinking about Father’s Day, and my dad, makes me want to laugh.  As some of you may know, my dad, William Fiorino, was 100% Italian, the son of immigrants from Rome, Italy.  He was really a character, to say the least, and growing up with…

Showers & Flowers

Having a Bridal Shower the other day was more fun than I could have imagined, not that I haven’t done this a time or two before.  But somehow this one was definitely different.  When the mother of the bride called and asked if she could…

Cinco de Mayo

It’s everyone’s favorite Mexican holiday, a chance to listen to Mexican music, hang up the piñatas, make your favorite guacamole, and celebrate with our Spanish Americans on their important holiday.  So what are we celebrating?  Most folks know enough Spanish to understand that “Cinco de…

My Easter Frittata

Well, folks, here we are just a few days before Easter Sunday, and everyone is preparing for the big Easter Brunch.  Advertisements fill the papers for the best Easter Brunch in town.  Many restaurants are believing that hungry folks leaving Easter morning church services will…

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…