A ‘sugar cookie’ recipe and analogy of life

By Frances Mullen Empire Press Correspondent Recently, I came across a commencement speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater. One of the ideas he shared with the graduates was, we all need to have a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. His first suggestion was to start your day by making your bed. That way, you have accomplished the...
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This tasty tart will be a springtime favorite

When the weather starts to improve, it’s natural for a person to have a desire to entertain. I love this Bacon, Mozzarella and Onion Tart for spring entertaining.
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Sweet and sour mix well for this dish

To have your food taste sweet and sour might sound strange to some people. I personally love it.
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Enjoy this easier version of sushi

Ohio! Yes, that’s the name of one of our states, but did you know it means "good morning" in Japanese?
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Tired of winter weather? Warm up with this chowder

As we eagerly await the arrival of spring and the end of winter, this recipe is just right.
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Banana bread with a twist

I have made many loaves of banana bread, but I’m going to share with you one that I made recently.
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Fusion cuisine: Curry chicken blends traditions

I decided the theme of my column this week would be "fusion cuisine" because I feel that many of my recipes are under this category.
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Homemade yogurt is a fun ‘chemistry experiment’

Now here is a recipe that only requires two ingredients: milk and a small amount of yogurt.
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Tabouleh: A tasty Middle Eastern salad

This is a salad that I learned to love since I was little.
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Meatballs with vegetables but don’t tell your kids

Here is one recipe that I created to add unnoticed vegetables when my kids were little. I hope if they read this column they will laugh about it. I usually serve these meatballs with egg noodles and a green or Caesar salad.
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