Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...

Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

This slightly more sophisticated version of a no-bake cookie is a perfect way to celebrate a heart-healthy Valentine's Day. Ingredients: 12 pitted dates 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter Materials: Measuring cup Measuring spoon Food...

Asparagus Soup

Sloane Taylor joins me in the virtual kitchen today with a bowl of soup ready to warm your heart. Asparagus is purported to have aphrodisiacal properties. In fact, in nineteenth-century France the bridegroom’s prenuptial dinner was supposed to contain three courses of...

Coffee Infused Dark Chocolate Pudding

This rich, creamy confection crosses a classic, American-style chocolate pudding mix with an infusion of coffee. The inclusion of sliced nuts, marshmallows, and dark chocolate chips adds rich texture and levels of flavor to this quick and easy dessert. Ingredients:...

Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup

    It's still bone-chilling cold in the Midwest and this Heart-Healthy Vegetable Bean Barley Soup is a wonderful way to warm up--at least for a few minutes during your meal!   Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2...

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