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All Kinds Of Red, White and Blue!

raspberry-peach-blueberry-e1340952761488We have some fun and delicious ideas for your Independence Day celebration! Read more

Dear Chums – How Do I Strip?

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“Dear Chums,

We recently moved into a new home where every room (and some ceilings) are covered
in wallpaper. Read more

Encore – Classic Quiche

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This past week we had house guests and that led to making special breakfasts each morning and one of my favorite dishes…Classic Quiche.  I have made this so many times I have lost count.  We never seem to tire of it and it is one of the most requested in my repertoire of recipes.  You won’t be disappointed if you try it.  It is even good reheated the next day should you happen to have any left over.  For all those reasons it is this week’s Encore post.  Bon Appetit! Read more

A Very Good Start

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These little appetizers are creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty and just a little spicy.  Oh and did we mention… Read more

If Life Gives You Lemons…

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You can make Lemonade or you can make Lemon Pound Cake 🙂 Read more

The Challenge Becomes Golden!

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Peter Piper And The Pickles

pickles and peppers   Do you remember that old children’s rhyme, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”?  Well Peter isn’t the only one with pickles and pickled peppers 🙂 Read more

…And They’re Off!

o-ROYAL-ASCOT-facebookWe could not let this time go by without mentioning a wonderfully exciting activity that takes place in England every year at about this time.

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Encore – Carnations

baby carriage carnations Just last week I had a baby shower for a sweet friend who is having a baby girl in a couple of weeks.  What was the flower of choice for the centerpieces?…Yes that’s right…carnations.  One of the first posts we did here on Two Chums in March 2012 was about the virtues of, and our love for, carnations.  Using them at the shower last week reminded me that it was time to sing their praises again 🙂

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Staying Present

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This is the season of graduations, showers, weddings, and then there are birthdays to celebrate all year long. Read more

Dear Chums – What Meal Should I Take?

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“Dear Chums,

I have offered to take dinner to a friend in need.  She has a family of four (including two toddlers). Read more

Salad Days – Breakfast Gone Green

Eggs on Spinach We could all use more greens in our diet, right?  Why wait for lunch or dinner?  A “green” breakfast can be delicious! Read more

Extra, Extra, Read All About It

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits her elementary school, St. Andrews in Pangbourne, Berkshire (2012)

Apparently, Catherine Middleton at the age of about 12, whilst attending St Andrew’s School in Berkshire, England, starred in a the play “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle. Read more

Silver Paper

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Ever wonder why, when you go to get some silver foil paper, the whole roll falls out of the box? Read more

Dad, Daddy, Father, Papa, Pop

dad-daughter-130613No matter what you call him, today is his day.  Whether you are a father, are married to a father, or have Read more

Encore – No “Fly” Zone

clove-studded-lemon-e1374398646315Many of you will be eating outside tomorrow for Father’s Day so with that in mind and Summer coming and lots of outdoor dining ahead this seemed the perfect time for this Encore.  After all, no matter who else is on your guest list NOBODY invited the flies!

According to Wikipedia: “A no-fly zone is a territory or an area over which aircraft are not permitted to fly.” We aren’t referring to that no fly zone. According to your Two Chums “A no-fly zone is a territory or an area over which flies are not permitted to fly.” Read more

Sweet And Spicy Popcorn – A Treat For Dad

popcornWhen you asked them what an ideal afternoon would look like, many men would say that it involves getting comfortable in their favorite chair, flipping on the TV to watch their favorite team, with some great snacks close by.  We can’t help you with the rest but we’ve got a great snack you can make for dad on his day 🙂 Read more

Savvy Secrets – Bananas

Savvy secrets photoYou don’t want to miss these savvy secrets!
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Dear Chums – What Should I Wear?

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

When I get an invitation, I have a really hard time knowing what I should wear.” Read more

Who is Prince Harry With Now?

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Who is this very distinguished lady with Prince Harry?  Never has she looked so lovely. Read more

Encore – Fresh Freezer Jam

strawberry jamWhen we began this blog a little over 2 years ago one of the first posts we did was on Freezer Jam.  It happened to be raspberry, but you can just as easily use strawberries. Read more

Another D-Day Remembrance

A few days ago we received a moving email along with photos from a chum who had obviously received it from another chum.  Before the day is over we decided that though we never do more than one post a day, the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the sacrifice and bravery shown at the beaches of Normandy on D-Day , called for us to share this with you.   Read more

A Celebration of D-Day in Normandy

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The Queen and Prince Philip, along with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge took a trip across the English Channel to participate in D-Day celebrations in Normandy today. Read more

Cast Iron – The Original Nonstick Cookware

bacon in panIf you have never used cast iron cookware you are in for a treat! Read more

Salad Days – Fruity Spinach Salad

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This is a salad that gives you leafy greens, fresh and dried fruit, nuts if you want them, and protein from lean chicken.  Oh, and did we mention that it is DELICIOUS too? Read more

Denzel Washington – Well Done!

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Recently Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington, gave a group of young actors some great advice and encouragement.  Someone in the audience captured it on video.  It is wisdom we can all benefit from. Read more

Dear Chums – Hanging Art…..How High?

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

We have just painted our living room and are now ready to hang some art.  People have differing opinions on how high art should be.” Read more

Encore!

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en·core – (ahng-kawr) any repeated or additional performance or appearance

Your Two Chums have talked about bringing you some repeat presentations of things we have done in the past in what we will call Encore posts.  Since we do new posts Monday through Friday each week, Saturday seemed like the perfect time for this.  For those of you who may have joined our Two Chums family in more recent months it will give you a chance to see them for the first time, and for our old chums, it can be a fun reminder of an old favorite.

Carrot Cake is Jackie’s favorite and since tomorrow is her birthday this seemed the perfect time to begin with that as our first Encore post…HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear chum!  Please join me in celebrating her:-)

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Creamy Chipotle Taco Dip

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Savvy Secrets – Ice Cubes!

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Who knew that there could be so many great uses for ice cubes? Read more

Pope Francis – Well Done!

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank in the West Bank city of BethlehemOn Sunday, during his sermon at mass, Pope Francis made an historic invitation. Read more

Dear Chums – How Do I Make Cords Attractive?

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

I just added a lamp to a table and the only way to plug it in is to have a cord hanging down the side of the table”. Read more

In Celebration of Memorial Day – Well Done!

usa-memorial-dayToday, Memorial Day,  we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Read more

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

2 shot potato saladThis is a new twist on an old favorite! Read more

Happy Anniversary To My Chums

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Today happens to be the 21st anniversary of the day Read more

Well Done- Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock of Blindside movie fame, surprised, or one might say “blindsided” graduating high school students on Monday when she gave this commencement speech: Read more

Nova Scotia Here They Come!

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HRH The Prince of Wales and his wife, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday and were greeted by masses of Canadians! Read more

Chewy Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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If you like Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and want to avoid gluten and dairy, you might have a new favorite with these! Read more

Savvy Secrets – Club Soda/Seltzer

 

Savvy secrets photoHave a bottle of club soda or seltzer in the fridge?  Good! Read more

This Little Piggy

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This adorable cake sold at a FFA auction last night.  In case you are unfamiliar FFA stands for Read more

This Says It All!

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Snoopy and Peanuts have the best idea! Read more

Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Press On!

577723_546378065385126_307116452_n Then…. and now!   The original cast of the wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein production, The Sound of Music. Read more

Artichokes – A Fun Food!

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When is the last time you made an artichoke for dinner? Read more

A Picture Of Humility – Well Done KD!

hi-res-8c9f05fc15322419eeae6636987f0aea_crop_exactNo matter how down you may be, how impossible your situation may seem, how unlikely success appears…stay humble and press on.  Great things just may await you! Read more

Just Be You – Happy Mother’s Day !

Mom's Night OutIf you are someone’s mommy, grandmother, nana, auntie, tia, or godmother, so basically if you are a woman who cares about anyone’s children including, and especially your own, this is for you 🙂  Read more

Mother’s Day Lemonade

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Every mother will tell you that what is most important is that whatever her children or grandchildren do for her, or make for her, that it is done with love.  If it happens to be sweet, refreshing, delicious and lovely to look at…well, all the better 🙂 Read more

Moms On Fire

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These moms are on FIRE!  This will make you smile 🙂

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That Old? Really?

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Yesterday, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth visited the Feisted School in Essex (England) to commemorate its anniversary. Read more

Dear Chums – R.S.V.P. Etiquette

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

I am having a shower for a friend’s daughter and have sent out the invitations.  I did put RSVP on the invitation but have not heard from many of the invitees.” Read more

Cinco De Mayo – A Sweet And Spicy Celebration

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This is perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  It is so simple and so good, you’ll be “celebrating” all summer long! Read more

Bow Sandals! Gotta Get Them!

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As you no doubt know, your Two Chums absolutely LOVE bows!  It is because of this love of bows that we want you to know about these really adorable bow flip flops. Read more

Creamy Lemony Pasta

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What could be better to make for dinner than something that is easy, quick AND delicious?!!! Read more

Salad Days – A Light Spring Supper

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Can you believe it is already May? HAppy MAy Day dear chums 🙂  As the days grow longer and warmer (or some just down right hot!) it is nice now and again to have a simple salad for dinner.  We have one we think fits the bill really nicely. Read more

Dear Chums – Hat Etiquette

Dear Chums

“Dear Chums,

My son balks at taking his hat off when sitting down to a meal.  What is your feeling on this subject?” Read more

They Say Good Bye!

trio--z Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George have had a wonderful trip to NewZealand and Australia! Read more

Savvy Secrets With Vinegar

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Who knew that vinegar could do some many things? Read more

Puppies In A Jacket

pups topEveryone has had pigs in  blanket, breakfast sausages wrapped in pancakes.  This is a variation on that theme.  Little cocktail hot dogs wrapped in buttered toast.  Kids of all ages love these! Read more

A Little Bite Is Just Right

Bite-TopSometimes, after a big lunch or dinner you don’t need or even want a big dessert.  Sometimes, it is just a little bite of something (preferably a chocolate something) that is just right 🙂

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The Catherine, And Now The George, Effect!

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Well, Catherine, and now George, is doing it again! Read more

Dear Chums – Who Should Be Included?

 

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“Dear Two Chums,

I am hosting a shower for a bride-to-be and would really like to include some people at the shower who are not invited to the wedding” Read more

Been Discouraged? – Press On

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“Opportunity…it often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill  We’ve all had set backs or been discouraged as we pursued our callings of one kind or another.  Here are some folks who overcame their discouragement and pressed on.

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Easter Cookie Pops

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These are what we would call a trifecta….easy, delicious, and can serve as your centerpiece!
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Tick Tock Cinnamon Rolls – An Easter Tradition

2 rollsYears ago there was a wonderful restaurant right in the heart of Hollywood called the Tick Tock.  It was a place to go when you wanted delicious home cooking and you weren’t the one cooking it.  Growing up, my family ate there frequently on Sundays after church.  And when I was married and had children of my own we continued the tradition. Read more

From Solemn Reverence to Playful Joy!

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All in one day….from solemn reverence… Read more

Dear Chums – Should There Be An End Time?

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“Dear Two Chums,

When I send out an invitation, should I put an “end time” on it?” Read more

Good Pesach – Happy Passover

PassoverAs the 8 days of Passover begin tonight we want to wish all our Jewish chums…. Read more

Savvy Secrets – MAYO Savvy Secrets!

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Look at all these amazing ways to use mayo!  SO useful!

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A Timeless Classic – Chicken Soup

CS -2There won’t be a dinner table in any Jewish home come Monday that doesn’t include that iconic Jewish food…chicken soup.  Or to be more specific, Matzo Ball Soup, which is really just chicken soup with matzo balls.
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Some Things Bear Repeating – Brisket

brisket-on-platter-e1332762306422Passover begins at sundown on Monday.  In Jewish homes everywhere families will be sitting down together to celebrate at a Passover seder.  In many of those dining rooms there will be brisket on the seder table.  But you don’t have to be Jewish, or celebrating Passover, to enjoy this super easy and very delicious meal!
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Down Under

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“What on earth does ‘Down Under’ have to do with the United Kingdom?”, you might ask. Read more

Dear Chums – How Do I Do This?

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“Dear Two Chums,

The dental hygienist who has cleaned my teeth for years recently lost her son.”   Read more

Been Rejected – Press On

BonoIf you have ever been rejected or turned down …congratulations!  You are now a part of a group of very well known and successful people who have also had this same experience. Read more

Rise And Shine – Eggs Benedict

Eggs BenedictIf there is one iconic dish that signifies a luxury breakfast or brunch, it would have to be Eggs Benedict.  There is not a a respectable brunch menu or buffet that doesn’t include classic Eggs Benedict or some variation of them.  We have our own simplified version for you, our chums 🙂 Read more

How He’s Grown!

BESTPIX: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Release Family Photograph Ahead Of Tour To Australia & New Zealand

Yes, little Prince George certainly is growing up and seems to be more captivated with Lupo, his cocker spaniel, than anything else! Read more

Dear Chums – Clean Shower Door

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“Dear Chums,

How do I get the cloudy residue from a glass shower door?  I’ve tried lots of things.” Read more

Oeufs En Cocotte – No Fooling

Eggs and toastIt may be April Fools Day but we aren’t fooling around when we tell you that cooking eggs this way makes a delicious dish that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a late night supper to celebrate your birthday!  Happy Birthday, dear Hilary! Read more

Well Done!

wrestle_635x250_1394396905We always love to share heartwarming stories that we hear about.  This one came courtesy of The PostGame Staff.

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Some Things Bear Repeating – Banana Muffins

BM - reasy to eatA few months ago we gave you the recipe for our Favorite Banana Muffins.  That is not just a name….Favorite Banana Muffins….it is truly what they are 🙂

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Shake!

black-and-white-shake-handsEver taken someone’s hand to shake it and found that it felt like a wet noodle?

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Savvy Secrets – Get Organized For Spring

Savvy secrest photo It’s Spring!  If you haven’t started already it is time to clean out and organize where clutter has set in. Read more

Titles?

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Have you ever wondered how some people in England are titled?  For example, Dame Judi Dench,  Sir Paul McCartney or The Earl of Grantham? Read more

Rise And Shine – Better Bacon

Bacon All across this country as the sun peeks up over the horizon there are kitchens filled with that intoxicating aroma of sizzling bacon.But do you ever think twice about frying bacon because of the greasy mess you can end up with on your stove?  You won’t have to hesitate anymore! Read more

Ou La La – Nutella Crepes!

Crepes -Sadie and NutellaWhether you are having them for breakfast or as a dessert, you simply can’t go wrong. My granddaughter Sadie could tell how good they are.  Doesn’t her little face say it all? Read more

Salad Days – BBQ Chicken Salad

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As the saying goes, “You eat first with your eyes”.   The colors alone in this salad should signal a very delightful meal…but tasting is believing! Read more

Dear Chums – Cell ‘Phone Etiquette

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“Dear Chums,

I have friends who sit with the phone on the table when we are out to lunch and if it buzzes or beeps to indicate an email or a text, they can’t help but take a look.” Read more

Is Cressida Bonas The Next One To Join The Royal Family?

i.2.kate-middleton-cressida-bonas-adviceRumour (in England, this is how it is spelled) has it that Prince Harry is getting quite serious about Cressida Bonas! Read more

All Roads Lead To Green


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The color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue!  Can you believe that? Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – Dublin Coddle

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“What in the world is Dublin Coddle?” you may well be asking.  It’s Irish comfort food at it’s best and is the perfect alternative to corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Read more

The Best of Ireland!

bread and butterOur favorite Irish food?…why it’s  their delicious butter of course! Read more

Dear Chums…….Is Bread OK To Eat?

DEAR CHUMSIn an effort to respond to the questions we receive from time to time we will be doing a regular “Dear Chums” post.  We would welcome any questions you might have regarding etiquette or any subject that deals with making our lives more abundant.  This is a letter we received just the other day:

“Dear Chums,

There was a recent study by the Environmental Working Group that said a large number of food products including sliced bread contain the same ingredient, (a type of rubber), used in yoga mats!” Read more

Prince George Will Go Too!

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Just over thirty years ago, Prince Charles and Diana insisted that William be with them on an official tour of Australia and New Zealand.  He was nine months old at the time. Read more

Oh Golly – More Savvy Secrets!

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We know that we just did some Savvy Secrets on Friday but we came across these and thought of you, immediately!  Could not wait to share them. Read more

Yeah! More Savvy Secrets

 

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We received these really helpful Savvy Secrets from our dear friend Virginia.

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“Your Presence Is His Present”

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Recently, one of my darling daughters-in-law asked a question of me. Read more

Brothers Go Bald To Fight Cancer – Well Done!

largeThey may be young but they have already learned the value of supporting others who are struggling. Read more

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras; Rex Parade

Yes, today is “Fat Tuesday” or what is more commonly called “Mardi Gras”.  There is celebrating going on throughout a lot of the Christian world with lots of music, parades, and partying.

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Mardi Gras Dessert – Banana Pudding

BP -Cover You REALLY can’t go wrong by serving this at your Mardi Gras celebration tomorrow or any celebration for that matter!

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…And Another of Our Favorites

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Philomena!  Without a doubt, your Two Chums appreciated this movie – this movie depicting another true story, this time about Philomena Lee, an Irish girl who found herself pregnant, out of wedlock, at a time when this was certainly “not done”. Read more

12 Years A Slave

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What a powerful film this is! Read more

If It’s Good Enough For Wolfgang Puck…

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…then it is probably good enough for you too to serve it with confidence.  Every year, for the past 20 years, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, has served this to the Hollywood elite at the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball.  What exactly are we referring to?  Chicken Pot Pie! Read more

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