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 »»
Rhubarb, photographs and more
June 17, 2015 Each one of us has experienced lists of things we should do before we depart this world and the lists seem to be ever growing! Here is a simple pleasure you need to place on your list: step into a... more »»
Come, take a seat
June 3, 2015 The year was 1965 and Petula Clark’s hit song, “Downtown” was playing on radios everywher. more »»
Betting on the boom
May 27, 2015 Tombstone, Ariz., is a boom town founded in 1879 because of the discovery of silver in the area. Within seven years the town burgeoned from a population of 100 to over 14,000. more »»
Brown sugar blues
May 27, 2015 Dear Heloise: Would somebody let me know what to do with a new package of brown sugar? After opening, it turns to rock and is not usable at all. Please help me as to what to do to keep it usable. more »»
May 20, 2015 The Danish Modern oval punch bowl is packed and ready to head west to Ray. It is difficult to believe, but our nephew, Tyler Norman Thompson, is graduating from Ray High Schoo. more »»
Thai dining at Baan Rao
May 13, 2015 After months of trying, I finally succeeded in making the acquaintance of the owner of the Thai restaurant, Baan Rao, located at the southwest corner of the Walmart Plaz. more »»
Meat, potatoes, gravy — a superb trio
May 6, 2015 Lydia enjoys playing restaurant. The other day in her pink and white kitchen, she was listing “soups of the day.” She compiled 12 choices on her white board for her customers. more »»