Let's Cook: Valentine's Day
February 10, 2016 Each year when Valentine’s Day comes around, I dig out my old Valentines from grade school. Their witty and silly puns still make me smile. more »»
Solstice, Stained Glass and Sunshine
December 16, 2015 At this time of year, one of the many pressing questions is “What will I wear?” Just the other day my wife asked me, “do you think this ruffled shawl has too much sparkle?” Well, speaking of... more »»
Minding our manners
November 18, 2015 Good manners are just one benefit of a good-natured temperament, and we all know we are seeing less and less of appropriate manners today. more »»
Oh no, a family reunion!
October 21, 2015 When you hear the words “family reunion,” what comes to mind? For me, enjoyment and great memories immediately surface. We recently gathered for our “34th Almost-Annual Repnow Day. more »»
Autumn days with Marsala
October 7, 2015 Have you heard the good news? Marsala has been recognized in quite a few places about our hamlet. It was a fortunate day for this writer when strolling by a fence and there was Marsala. more »»
No pop-the-top green olives?
September 30, 2015 Dear Heloise: I have a consumer complaint that I wonder if you could address. I love green olives, and very often I find that the jars do not “pop” when I open them. Some do, but many do no. more »»
String music brings tomato medley
September 23, 2015 Autumn brings a gold embrace that is currently starting to be on display in the Magic City. Have you driven through Oak Park? The flames of autumn are, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. more »»
Pyrex: A glass act for 100 years
September 9, 2015 Guess what kitchen icon is celebrating a centennial birthday? I will give you a hint — this product has been showing up at weddings, bridal showers, family celebrations, picnics and state fair... more »»
It’s always about the people
September 2, 2015 All restaurant stories are above all else, people stories, the people who own and staff these businesses, and the patrons who frequent them. more »»
Swiss chard and saxophone medley
August 26, 2015 I think it is safe to say that Swiss chard does not spend much time in the kitchens of today. This is according to my own mini-survey that I have been conducting since May. more »»
Is bigger always better?
August 19, 2015 Is bigger always better? Does a business or institution get better by being bigger? This question can include virtually any organized endeavor, from a pizza parlor, a family restaurant, a gas... more »»
Mixed company ... relish it!
August 12, 2015 Rays of sunlight recline on their sunny, star-shaped flowers, and before long this company of pollinated blossoms brings forth cucumbers. more »»
The restaurant women of Velva
July 22, 2015 Few have reason to know about or remember the little great plains town of Velva, that sits on about 500 acres somewhere near the center of North Dakota. more »»
What makes a restaurant exceptional?
July 8, 2015 These days the word exceptionalism is used in the context of election year sloganeering and vote mongering, especially patriotic appeals to “American exceptionalism. more »»
Cold winter day? Enjoy Elvis Jam!
July 1, 2015 If you are looking to liven up your breakfast table in January, now is the time to start preparing. Sometimes here in Dakota land a winter storm can put us in a jam. more »»