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Linda A. Thompson-Ditch
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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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Kiss on the Lips Cocktail
Are you looking for a special drink to have with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day this weekend? Or maybe you're tired of the winter weather? I've found the cocktail to solve both problems. I recently returned from a cruise onboard the Carnival Dream. This...
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German Pancake for One
What does it take to inspire a busy food writer to post on her blog? For me, it was the windfall of new kitchen items I received for Christmas, thanks to my wonderful mom who shopped via my Amazon wish list. I picked these items based on their rankings by t...
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Baking Sheet Supper for One
I was intrigued from the first moment I saw it. While scrolling thought my Facebook feed early one autumn
morning, I game across a post from BBC Good Food titled “10 Meals Worth Being Alone For.”  Since I cook for one now, I was curious. When I clicked thro...
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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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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
The weather is strange here in Kansas today. The high temp is headed towards 80 degrees thanks to abundant southern breezes. Still, in spite of this taste of spring, many of my friends are feeling under the weather and in need of comfort. This Asian Chicken...
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Hot Toddy for a Cold Winter
It’s cold and snowy here in Kansas , which is perfect weather for a Hot Toddy. This warm beverage is one I’ve heard of my whole life, usually in books where a ski lodge is the setting. I also think of it as a feel-better drink when you have a cold or are de...
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Life’s Curve Balls
An autumn sunrise over Topeka. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Believe me, I wanted to!
I have all kinds of recipes lined up and restaurant experiences I want to
share. Unfortunately, life pitched a curve ball to The Picky Eater’s
family. Do you remember...
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Ham and Tortellini Toss
With the start of autumn, and in spite of today’s 80-plus
temperature, my dinner thoughts turn to hearty dishes that ease the evening
chill. However, the recipe must be one compatible with busy fall schedules. This Ham and Tortellini Toss is perfect. The ri...
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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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