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Brenda's Bites
March 28, 2018 - 3:52 pm
This may be the perfect time to renew your prescription for your favorite statin drug-- you know, the kind that controls cholesterol. Why? Because the Lenten season offers many of us a chance to observe their meatless Friday while breaking bread with members of the community, whether it be in a...
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March 13, 2018 - 5:17 pm
Ever wonder what famed physicist Larry Shaw has to do with one of our favorite desserts? Shaw founded Pi Day in 1988, a date to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to enjoy all kinds of pie. Seems the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14 , are the first three digits of π (3.14), the...
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February 15, 2018 - 8:12 am
What are the odds that Valentine’s Day would fall on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent? Pretty rare, as it turns out. The two significant dates actually happen simultaneously on Wednesday, the 14th, this year, the first time it’s happened since 1945! For Catholics like me who abstain from meat (...
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February 01, 2018 - 2:44 pm
Known as the Bold North, the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are hosting Super Bowl LII. Kathy Gerhardt McCarthy, who worked as a Ch. 7 sportscaster in Buffalo several years ago, is the director of public relations for Meet Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association. She chatted with me...
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January 11, 2018 - 2:47 pm
A new year brings new things to sink our teeth into and some tasty trends for 2018 have already been served up. PIZZA For the pizza lovers among us, the foodies at Fast Casual.com says to expect “Detroit-style” pizza, which is a thick crust pie in a square shape . Detroit? Lots of pizza places in...
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December 05, 2017 - 4:20 pm
The much maligned baked good was served at the royal wedding between Diana and Prince Charles . Kate Middleton and Prince William carried on that sweet tradition at their nuptials. A slice of that very fruitcake sold at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills earlier this month for a whopping $7,500 ,...
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November 21, 2017 - 12:48 pm
If the thought of getting out of bed in the middle of the night to put your turkey in the oven doesn’t thrill you, you may be among the growing number of people who prefer to dine out on Thanksgiving. More than a few folks are fleeing from the pressure of grocery shopping, prepping, cleaning,...
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September 29, 2017 - 4:00 am
Seems perfectly fitting that National Coffee Day is falling on September 29th this year. My husband, Dan, and I are celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and we have a confession to make: We are both coffee-holics, so much so that we crave our Tim Hortons fix daily and go into Tim withdrawal...
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