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Linda A. Thompson-Ditch
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Attended Brigham Young University
Lives in Topeka, Kansas
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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Sometimes you just need chocolate. I’m in the midst of a January let-down. Like many people, I feel this way after the excitement and joy of the holidays. I wait all year for September to arrive, and my heart dances a little jig when the weather turns crisp...
Sometimes you just need chocolate. I’m in the midst of a January let-down. Like many people, I feel this way after the excitement and joy of the holidays. I wait all year for September to arrive, and my heart dances a litt...
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Slow Cooker Meatballs for #National Spaghetti Day
You know I’m a fan of making your own pasta sauce. For years, I've preached  encouraged home cooks to step away from the jar. I even posted  this terrific recipe from Marcella Hazen that I use all the time. However, life has a funny way of making us change ...
You know I’m a fan of making your own pasta sauce. For years, I've preached encouraged home cooks to step away from the jar. I even posted this terrific recipe from Marcella Hazen that I use all the time. However, life...
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Mystery Cuisine Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins
I’m never happier than when I find a new mystery series to read, especially if recipes are included. Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva series is one of my favorites, and I’ve shared a couple of recipes in the past from her books. So it made sense to try her Paws...
I’m never happier than when I find a new mystery series to read, especially if recipes are included. Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva series is one of my favorites, and I’ve shared a couple of recipes in the past from her books. ...
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Apricot Pecan Oatmeal Bars
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a morning person. Once I’m up, I enjoy watching the sky lighten as I sip my coffee and work my way through the newspaper. I also feel more productive if I wake up early. It’s just the getting up part that is diffic...
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a morning person. Once I’m up, I enjoy watching the sky lighten as I sip my coffee and work my way through the newspaper. I also feel more productive if I wake up early. It’s ju...
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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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Hot Pizza Dip
I love gathering people together to enjoy food and conversation. The NFL playoffs and college basketball season are two terrific excuses to invite people over, but honestly, I’ll use any reason to get friends and family together for munchies and fun. Hot Pi...
I love gathering people together to enjoy food and conversation. The NFL playoffs and college basketball season are two terrific excuses to invite people over, but honestly, I’ll use any reason to get friends and family toget...
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Rosemary Garlic Beer Bread
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away.
I think part of my disconnect with the season is the unusually warm weather we’ve
had so far this fall. Temperatures in the 80s make it hard to enjoy autumn when
what I really want to do is wear sw...
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away. I think part of my disconnect with the season is the unusually warm weather we’ve had so far this fall. Temperatures in the 80s make it hard to enjoy autumn when wha...
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Winsor Farms Cornbread from Kansas #FarmFoodTour
Recently, I packed my bags and joined a group of bloggers, dietitians, and farmers on a #farmfoodtour sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Soybean Commission. We spent three days traveling across Kansas to see where a big chunk of the world’s ...
Recently, I packed my bags and joined a group of bloggers, dietitians, and farmers on a #farmfoodtour sponsored by the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Soybean Commission. We spent three days traveling across Kansas to see w...
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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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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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    1988
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