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Gave up chocolate for Lent? Dessert? No problem!

We are only a few short weeks into the season of Lent. My lack of chocolate is seriously affecting my culinary skills. This recipe below is very simple, until such time that it isn’t. I chose to make these cookies thinking this is easy and I can do this in a short period of time in between laundry and other odds and ends. Read the recipe below carefully for the fatal error and you will see what happened and how…

Fridays During Lent? No Meat!

No problem. I should have posted this earlier so you'd have time to prepare although there is no magic here.  I think I forgot because on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, my brain was weak from the first few hours of chocolate abstinence. How do I remember not to eat meat on Fridays? My mother reminds me in subtle ways. She’ll ask me what I am having for dinner, at 7am, so I have time to rebound and change my menu. I…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…From an Italian.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish friends!  I have spoken often of my Manhattan roommate, Patricia Cunningham, God rest her soul.  We lost her too early in life but her "Irish memories" will stay with me forever. I think about the differences in our take on life and how your genetics and ethnic background can form you in ways you don't realized until faced with it. On that note, here are some reasons why I know I have…

It’s only negative until you fix it

Last week I was on the phone with a coworker, Candi, discussing  a somewhat negative situation we were having with a client. We went back and forth tossing around solutions and agreed on a game plan to correct it.  I told her I did not want the client to have such a negative experience. She hesitated for a moment and said, "it's only negative until you fix it." Wow, that was a mouthful.  Just think about that. "It's only negative…

Bless me Father…..

....and all you good Catholics, like me, know the rest. There are only a few weeks left in Lent.  My good deed activity is up. I have helped people in the supermarket; in NYC I have taken pictures of tourists together beside landmarks for them so they could both be in the picture; (I have done that for years. Once they realized I was not going to dash with their camera, the fear left their eyes.); and I have diligently tried to…