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The Lengths I Go To for An Amazing Glass of Wine

I live on a freelance writer’s salary, so if I want to drink really, really good wine on a daily basis, I pretty much have to go to work in a winery, which is what I did last fall. I …

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Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford

Today, a friend reminded me of this funny Saturday Night Live skit in which Chris Parnell,

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Budget-Friendly Bubbles for the Frugal Imbiber

[caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignleft" width="203" caption="Budget-Friendly Bubbly"][/caption]One of my best girlfriends is 3,000 miles away right now, but she just called and proposed that we drink our first

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Homemade Holiday Candy: English Toffee

It's hard to go wrong when there's butter, sugar and dark chocolate in the mix. This is the recipe for the English toffee I made as part

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Homemade Holiday Candy: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

In my previous post, Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts, I mentioned that I was planning to make some dark chocolate peppermint bark and English toffee as


Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts

I have to admit that I share Kim’s disdain for crafting, but each December I do enjoy playing a bit of Santa’s Workshop and making

CSA Veggies


CSA has become a fairly well-known household term — even among us urban folks, but if it hasn’t yet shot up on your radar, the acronym stands

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La Cucina Povera – An Autumn Pasta with Acorn Squash and Anchovy Sauce

In Italy, la cucina povera is a term that embraces the idea of cooking with basic farm-fresh ingredients, but the original concept more or less assumed that you

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Blackberry Lavender Gelato with Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

This is my most recent experimental collaboration with my ice cream maker. The recipe makes about 2 pints of gelato. [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignleft" width="165"] Blackberry Lavender Gelato with Bittersweet

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Is Self-Employment Worth It?

This past 4th of July, Kim shared some of her thoughts on economic independence and a few weeks ago, Joelle offered some interesting financial

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