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Cooking with Kian: The only Chinese cookbook you’ll ever need

January 15, 2016

Just in time for Feb. 8th’s Lunar New Year! A new Chinese cookbook has me serving up elegant dishes that are shockingly simple to make. What an emotional bonus. Finally, […]

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Indian cooking spices up mother-daughter bonding

December 30, 2015

When my daughter and I take cooking classes together, the power struggle and bickering stops. Our generational divide closes as we surrender to the instructor and the magic of food. […]

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Planting my 1st vegetable garden, thinking of Dad

November 3, 2015

Once upon a time, gorgeous yellow lillies bloomed in my front yard. Then, I ripped them out to grow veggies instead. The urge to try farming in some small way […]

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The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

June 22, 2015

Running away from home for a 10-day painting vacation in France came with a price — $9,079.80, to be exact. But it’s what I wanted to do. I had a […]

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Honfleur offers 12th century charm & more

June 10, 2015

Just arrived in Honfleur! It’s easy to see why the Impressionist painters loved it here. Between the ancient architecture and gorgeous light, I’m inspired too. This seaside town is located […]

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5 reasons to love the Hastings-on-Hudson farmers market

May 23, 2015

It’s that time again here in my hometown! The farmers market is setting up for the summer at its outdoor location overlooking the Hudson River. There’s something special about buying […]

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Chuang Yen Monastery — a giant Buddha in the Hudson Valley

May 6, 2015

With the older folks in my family dying off, I’m going to a lot of funerals. They’ve become affectionate occasions to catch up with relatives. The latest gathering surprised me […]

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