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"Mise en Place"

                     One Saturday morning this summer, I decided to make my own Vietnamese style spring (cold) rolls. I was prompted  to do so after I bought some at the Farmer’s Market in West Tisbury. It has been an old family tradition to pick up a couple anytime our children were visiting. I bought some for Buck and I t…

"The Bustle in the House"

  Shortly before her 96th birthday, my mother, Dee Gurley commented, “I think 96 is long enough.” Obviously, she wasn’t kidding. She passed away on September 7, 2016, two days after her birthday. In the month since that day, have been navigating a new terrain…one without my mother. Perhaps because I am her only daughter, I have had both the privilege and resp…

Lexington Barbecue

Every family has it favorite or traditional foods. They are imbedded in our DNA, our tastebuds and hearts. They are the foods that remind us of family, traditions, good times and old friends. In our family, one very special favorite is barbecue.  It helps that my hometown is Lexington, NC, one of the true barbecue capitols of the world, its praises sung by food writers and barbecue …

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