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Linda A. Thompson-Ditch
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Attended Brigham Young University
Lives in Topeka, Kansas
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Make-Your-Own Trail Mix
Does this happen to you: While working at your computer/reading an engaging novel/watching a favorite television program, you are attacked by the snack gremlins? It happens to me a lot! My stomach…or is it my brain…keep saying, “Wouldn’t a snack be nice rig...
Does this happen to you: While working at your computer/reading an engaging novel/watching a favorite television program, you are attacked by the snack gremlins? It happens to me a lot! My stomach…or is it my brain…keep sayin...
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Kicked-up Burgers for Summertime
Whenever a summer holiday comes along, my first craving is
for a hamburger. (With a hot dog not a too distant second. Okay, I’ll
admit to having one of each!) Did you know Americans eat about 14 billion
burgers each year? I guess I’m not alone in my craving...
Whenever a summer holiday comes along, my first craving is for a hamburger. (With a hot dog not a too distant second. Okay, I’ll admit to having one of each!) Did you know Americans eat about 14 billion burgers each year? I g...
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Greek Salad Turkey Wrap
In much the same way my body and spirit crave comfort foods in colder weather (mac and cheese, pot roast, hearty soups), the longing turns to fresh veggies and fruits as the temperature rises. Maybe it’s the plethora of fresh produce at the farmers market a...
In much the same way my body and spirit crave comfort foods in colder weather (mac and cheese, pot roast, hearty soups), the longing turns to fresh veggies and fruits as the temperature rises. Maybe it’s the plethora of fresh...
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THE Tomato Sauce from Marcella Hazan
I was on a quest to find the perfect tomato pasta sauce. I’ve been making my own tomato sauce for years now. No more buying jarred spaghetti sauces. Homemade is just too easy to make. However, I was still searching for “THE" taste. While I liked  the sauce ...
I was on a quest to find the perfect tomato pasta sauce. I’ve been making my own tomato sauce for years now. No more buying jarred spaghetti sauces. Homemade is just too easy to make. However, I was still searching ...
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Beer and Cheddar Fondue
This Beer and Cheddar Fondue recipe celebrates many of my favorite things: 1. Cheese: I adore cheese! Devour cheese. Buy-too-much-and-have-to-hurry-to-eat-it before-it’s-too-moldy cheese. My mom used to call Dad and me her little mice since we were always g...
This Beer and Cheddar Fondue recipe celebrates many of my favorite things: 1. Cheese: I adore cheese! Devour cheese. Buy-too-much-and-have-to-hurry-to-eat-it before-it’s-too-moldy cheese. My mom used to call Dad and me her li...
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Key West Key Lime Pie
Have you ever been to Key West, Florida? I hadn’t either until my recent cruise on the Carnival Dream, but I always imagined it to be a laid-back, easy-going place full of free spirits. Reality didn’t disappoint! I was only there one day, but it was a beaut...
Have you ever been to Key West, Florida? I hadn’t either until my recent cruise on the Carnival Dream, but I always imagined it to be a laid-back, easy-going place full of free spirits. Reality didn’t disappoint! ...
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White Chocolate Chip Lime Cookies
In my mind, summer and limes make a perfect pair. Perhaps my way of thinking comes from my childhood when Mom would take my sister and me to a local drugstore that still had a soda fountain (and an amazing penny candy display!) We would order limeades, made...
In my mind, summer and limes make a perfect pair. Perhaps my way of thinking comes from my childhood when Mom would take my sister and me to a local drugstore that still had a soda fountain (and an amazing penny candy display...
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Summer Veggie Succotash
Does anyone eat succotash anymore? Traditionally made with corn and beans (usually lima beans), this side dish seems a bit old fashioned…or it did until this recipe came along! Succotash’s history reaches back to the early days of our country. A Native Amer...
Does anyone eat succotash anymore? Traditionally made with corn and beans (usually lima beans), this side dish seems a bit old fashioned…or it did until this recipe came along! Succotash’s history reaches back to the early...
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Diabetes-Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of my personal traditions is to make treats for my friends and family on their birthdays. Sometimes I let them pick whatever they want, and other times I know their favorites and I just whip up a batch of goodies. I’ve made everything from whoopie pies ...
One of my personal traditions is to make treats for my friends and family on their birthdays. Sometimes I let them pick whatever they want, and other times I know their favorites and I just whip up a batch of goodies. I’ve ma...
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Stormy Cocktails
There’s a good reason L. Frank Baum set The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Kansas . Besides producing bushels of wheat and corn, this state is also prolific in two additional areas—wind and storms. For days, the weather forecasters warned about the coming storm,...
There’s a good reason L. Frank Baum set The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Kansas. Besides producing bushels of wheat and corn, this state is also prolific in two additional areas—wind and storms. For days, the weat...
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Maple-Pecan Scones
Whoops! I guess I’m late! Talk about waiting until the last minute. March was Maple Sugaring month when maple syrup makers begin to celebrate the end of the “harvest.” I miss maple season in New England. Somewhere between February and March, the steam start...
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Caribbean Jerk Pork Chops and Personal Triumphs
My recent voyage on the Carnival Dream not only gave me the chance to enjoy delicious food, but it was also the scene of two of my life’s greatest triumphs. Okay, maybe not greatest, but absolutely the most fun! First, I won the Hole-In-One Challenge at the...
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freelance journalist
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For more than a decade I have been a freelance writer. With more than 1,000 articles in print, my work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Topeka Capital-Journal, Concord Monitor, Around Concord, Hippo entertainment newspaper, Dallas Morning News, CatFancy, New Hampshire Home, Best of Burlington, Upper Valley Image, Woodstock Magazine, Better Nutrition, Great Life, Let’s Live, and American Airlines Custom Publishing. And I love to cook! I credit the women from my childhood for introducing me to the kitchen. My mother taught me how to sift ingredients for Tollhouse cookies and acted as my consultant while, at ten years of age, I fixed my first roast beef dinner. Grandma made homemade noodles that were so coated in flour that the chicken broth they boiled in became thick, rich gravy. And Mamaw created delicious meals in Missouri farmhouse kitchen that was the heart of her home. (And she actually hated to cook.) But my education in the finer points of good food came from television chefs such as Graham Kerr, Jeff Smith, Jacques Pépin, and, of course, Julia Child. She taught me to not be afraid of the most complicated dish thanks to her easy-going attitude about food.
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  • Brigham Young University
    1988
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