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7 Ways to Celebrate May the Fourth (Be With You)

Happy May 4th! Also known as May the Fourth and the nerdiest day of the entire year. (Yes, even counting Pie Day on March 14th.) See, the date sounds a lot like “may the force,” which is commonly said in Star Wars movies. But we’re guessing you already knew that …

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Tips and Recipes for the perfect skewer

When BBQ season swings around again, it’s always an excellent opportunity to brush up on those outdoor cooking skills, and re-visit recipes with more technique. Like, learning how to grill skewers. They’re a great addition to any grill, and succulent skewers of marinated and flame grilled meat, seafood, fish or vegetables …

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Consciously Framing the Story

When news broke of immigrant Latino children being held in cages on the southern border of the US, I remembered Wendell Berry’s poem, “Questionnaire,” and its especially resonant last stanza: State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,the energy sources, the kinds of security,for which you would kill a child.Name, please, …

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The First Five Lines

I’ve discussed before the role of narrative voice in pulling us into the dream state into which we fall when we read.  The more I study it, though, the more convinced I am that the effect of narrative voice begins—or not—immediately.  Narrative voice can lull us into the dream state …

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The Pearls of Persian Cuisine

After black garlic or black chicken, it is the turn of the black lemon to go under our ingredient spotlight. But what are they? And do you cook with them? What are black lemons?Black lemons, also known as loumi, loomi aswad, leimoon aswad or oman lemon, are actually dried limes. …

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