The Game is Afoot!

Crime Scene It was a dark and stormy night when I realized that I was out of celery. How can a person make dinner without celery? But duty called; and I sacrificed my good hair day for a trip to the store. I was only gone half an hour, but returned to find that a […]

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Secret Spice Blend?

In 2016 Jay Jones, freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, shared the story of Colonel Sander’s nephew, who showed him an old family scrapbook listing (you guessed it) the family secret blend of 11 herbs and spices for KFC’s famous fried chicken. Countless people, through the years, have tried to unearth this gastronomic treasure. And KFC […]

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Officer O’Smarty: He’s No Dummy

In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether police officer Robert J. (Bob) Geary was allowed to carry his dummy while on patrol.  How did this come to a citywide vote, you may ask? In 1991 Geary was assigned to a program which encouraged officers to be “highly visible” and use “creative and ingenious […]

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Swedish Meatballs and Cucumber Salad

Adapted from Eric Akis, cookbook author and Times Colonist http://www.timescolonist.com/life/food-drink/eric-akis-swedish-meatballs-in-gravy-1.11205497 This dish has been made for centuries in Sweden. There are numerous variations on how folks say it should be made. Some recipes ask for cooked, diced onions to be added to the raw meat, others call for raw, grated onion. Some prefer to make […]

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Ice Hotel—Brrrrrrrrrr!

How would you like to honeymoon on a bed of snow? While it sounds a bit chilly to me, people from around the world are signing up to enjoy the amenities of the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, where everything—the walls, the ceilings and even the furniture—is made from frozen water. This spectacular complex is built […]

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White Bean Soup with Toasty Cheese Bread

Steeping chicken broth with sprigs of rosemary and thyme for a few minutes adds great flavor to this creamy soup.  The sandwich is toasted under the broiler and served open-faced (with or without tomatoes). This delicious meal can be made in as little as five or six minutes.   2 sprigs rosemary 2 sprigs thyme […]

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Hey, that’s my Swan!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II owns the mute swans (Cygnus olor) in England? The Crown claimed ownership of all the mute swans in England (and Wales) way back in the 12th century to stop commoners from depriving the royals of one of their favorite meals. (And you thought it was for altruistic reasons.) […]

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Fish Dance, too!

                                     Birds build amazing nests and engage in elaborate mating dances, but did you know, so do fish? Take the betta splendens. You’ve seen them in the pet store, spectacular colors, grandiose fins, displayed one to a jar, away from other fish. […]

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Have you heard that sea otters hold hands when asleep?  Well, it  is true. Often a mother and pup will hold on to each other to keep from drifting apart. But that isn’t the only thing they do—they often use kelp. Sea otters wrap themselves in strands of kelp which grow from the sea bottom all […]

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