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Linda A. Thompson-Ditch
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Attended Brigham Young University
Lives in Topeka, Kansas
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Berry Care 101
Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries…I love
them all, especially when they are freshly picked and tasting like sunshine. However, few things are more discouraging than spending
money on fresh berries only to have them go bad before you use t...
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My Mom
I call my mom every day. She once told me, “You don’t have
to do that. I know you’re busy.” I replied, “But I want to!” My mom is my first best friend. She is my biggest fan
(though The Picky Eater gave her a run for her money.) She never scoffed at my
drea...
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Picnic Tips with Apple and Brie Sandwiches
Perhaps the easiest way to make a meal into an event is by going
on a picnic. The most basic lunch or dinner seems special when dining alfresco. To be ready at a moments notice, keep a picnic kit packed
with the essentials so you can grab and go. The kit ca...
Perhaps the easiest way to make a meal into an event is by going on a picnic. The most basic lunch or dinner seems special when dining alfresco. To be ready at a moments notice, keep a picnic kit packed with the essential...
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Grilling Tips
At the first hint of warmer weather, outdoor grills are
fired up all around the country. In fact, many of my friends in New
England have been known to start their grills with snow still
covering the ground. Grill master and cookbook author Steven Raichlen ...
At the first hint of warmer weather, outdoor grills are fired up all around the country. In fact, many of my friends in New England have been known to start their grills with snow still covering the ground. Grill master an...
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Penne alla Vodka
For some reason, this Penne alla Vodka dish makes me think
of spring. It must be the peas. I developed this recipe years ago, inspired by two different
versions. One was from my favorite Italian restaurant in New
Hampshire , and the other was a recipe in ...
For some reason, this Penne alla Vodka dish makes me think of spring. It must be the peas. I developed this recipe years ago, inspired by two different versions. One was from my favorite Italian restaurant in New H...
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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
“May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof
for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you
love near you, and all that your heart might desire.” A traditional Irish toast. I had so many people comment about my S...
“May you always be blessed with walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, a warm cup of tea by the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart might desire.” A traditional Irish toast. ...
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Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup
I love when strawberry season arrives. While I occasionally
buy organic berries at the supermarket (I feel they have the best flavor), my
favorite place to get them is at the Saturday morning downtown farmer’s market.
If you have only eaten berries from the...
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Just like everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,
we all become a little Mexican on Cinco de Mayo. Most Americans mistakenly
think May 5th celebrates Mexico ’s
independence, which is actually on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is the
celebration of a...
Just like everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, we all become a little Mexican on Cinco de Mayo. Most Americans mistakenly think May 5th celebrates Mexico’s independence, which is actually on September 16th. Cinco ...
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Dinner for One or Two...Plus Welsh Rabbit
“Another advantage to cooking for yourself is that you have
only yourself to please.” – Judith Jones , from The Pleasures of Cooking for One In my lifetime, I’ve had ample opportunities to cook just for
myself or one other person. As a single woman in my 20...
“Another advantage to cooking for yourself is that you have only yourself to please.” –Judith Jones, from The Pleasures of Cooking for One In my lifetime, I’ve had ample opportunities to cook just for myself or one...
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Vintage Chocolate Cake
For my friends and family, I always offer to make them any
treat they want for their birthday. It can be a birthday cake, cookies, pie,
muffins…anything. One of The Picky Eater’s brothers wants baked beans for his
birthday! Inevitably I get asked for chocol...
For my friends and family, I always offer to make them any treat they want for their birthday. It can be a birthday cake, cookies, pie, muffins…anything. One of The Picky Eater’s brothers wants baked beans for his birthday! ...
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Cheese and Potato Frittata
Because it’s spring… Because everyone prefers to be outside enjoying warmer
weather than spending a lot of time in the kitchen… Because simple, inexpensive, and tasty recipes are always
good to have on hand… I present my Cheese and Potato Frittata recipe, a...
Because it’s spring… Because everyone prefers to be outside enjoying warmer weather than spending a lot of time in the kitchen… Because simple, inexpensive, and tasty reci...
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Details for my new spring creative writing workshops in Topeka! #writing   #writingtips   #Topeka  
Information and updates on my writing workshops available in Topeka, Kansas. These workshops are...
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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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