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Only Easy: Latkes!

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By Misty I. I recently made latkes with students as part of a “Real Cooking on Fake Mars” culinary arts integration lesson I created as they studied aspects of The Martian novel. What… Continue reading

Philadelphia Day 4 — Nan Zhou (again) and Omiyage

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I liked Nan Zhou so much that I went back to the restaurant the next day to get another taste of the soup before leaving the city.  When I mentioned to a colleague… Continue reading

Only Necessary: The Problem with “Just In Case”

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By Misty I. We’ve all done it. We buy something “just in case.” I’m not talking about gasoline or toilet paper, we actually need those things. Currently, anyway. I’m talking about all the… Continue reading

Philadelphia Day 3-Nan Zhou and Reading Terminal

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After the morning sessions at the conference, we went out to lunch in the neighborhood to Nan Zhou where they serve an incredible hand-drawn noodle soup. I ordered the House Special Noodle Soup… Continue reading

Only Easy: Corned Beef Hash

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By Misty I. Corned beef hash patties are a classic. Any self-respecting Okazu-ya shop makes this. I prefer making it myself since I like more corned beef than potato. My version is pretty… Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2018 Reflections

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How was your Thanksgiving?  Whenever November rolls around, I get reflective. I reflect on what I did this past year and what I want to achieve in the coming year. I think about… Continue reading

Only Necessary: Thoughts on Black Friday 2018

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By Misty I. Happy Thanksgiving! Can you feel it? The craziest shopping day of the year is just about here. Usually, I can’t wait to shop. Usually, I’m already looking up the Black… Continue reading

Philadelphia Day 2–Barbuzzo

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Day 2 in Philadelphia was day 1 of the conference.  I learned a lot at the NATOA annual conference. After the conference finished for the day, we did have to find something to… Continue reading

Only Easy: Anykine Muesli and Hygge

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By Misty I. While learning about minimalism I stumbled upon a Danish term called “hygge.” Have you heard of hygge (pronounced HUE-guh?) The Danish are consistently ranked as the happiest people in the… Continue reading

Philadelphia Day 1

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I visited Philadelphia, a favorite city of mine.  A couple of colleagues and I flew in to NYC on Hawaiian Airlines and hired a private driver to take us to Philadelphia. We could… Continue reading