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Have faith!

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Last year I ran a successful year-long program called Powered by Hope. The intent of the program is to help you follow your creative dreams by powering your spirit with hope! I am glad the program was so well received. This year, in addition to new posts, I will also be sharing a few of […]

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Giveaway: Box of Culinary Books!

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I am so delighted to giveaway a box of books for this final giveaway before summer!  Included are — 1. I really enjoy reading Robyn Webb’s work: She is smart and funny and I ALWAYS learn something. Who knew that avocado should be paired with grassy wines? Or how to make the perfect asparagus or how to […]

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Passion Inspires!

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Last year I ran a successful year-long program called Powered by Hope. The intent of the program is to help you follow your creative dreams by powering your spirit with hope! I am glad the program was so well received. This year, in addition to new posts, I will also be sharing a few of […]

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Giveaway: Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America

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When I first heard that Sandra Gutierrez  was writing a new book, my first thought was the same as I had when I got her first book: It is going to be amazing. And guess what? Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America is as amazing and as comforting as it sounds. A beautiful book by an amazing […]

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Giveaway: Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking

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I buy all of Nancie McDermott’s books. Her recipes are delightful and I always feel like she is in the kitchen with me.. teaching me how to make her terrific dishes whether they be cakes or Asian meals.  Today, I have the honor of giving away her new book, Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking: 125 Real Thai […]

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Giveaway: FutureChefs

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You will love this giveaway!! My friend, Ramin Ganeshram’s IACP -award-winning cookbook — FutureChefs! The book has a collection of wonderful recipes from kids around the US and the world. My own kids want to cook from the book. The recipes are ethnically diverse and very accessible. As always, you will also get my book, A Life of […]

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Keynote speaker for MOSAIC

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I was so delighted and honored to be a keynote speaker for an event sponsored by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) – Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity Through Creative Writing contest. “FOLMC sponsor’s this contest in conjunction with the Montgomery County Public School System. Mosaic is for middle school students and is designed to get them thinking and writing about […]

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Giveaway: Dishing Up Virginia

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Today, I will be giving away, Dishing Up® Virginia: 145 Recipes That Celebrate Colonial Traditions and Contemporary Flavors, by Patrick Evans-Hylton. Why did I pick this book? Well, here is the endorsement I wrote for it.. pretty much sums it up! Monica Bhide on Dishing up Virginia: I have lived in Virginia for the past ten years and […]

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Garbage in/Garbage out

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Last year I ran a successful year-long program called Powered by Hope. The intent of the program is to help you follow your creative dreams by powering your spirit with hope! I am glad the program was so well received. This year, in addition to new posts, I will also be sharing a few of […]

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Giveaway: Yogurt Culture

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I hope you are all enjoying all the giveaways and the contests!! Today’s book is possibly one of the most stunning cookbooks I have ever seen. Yes, the recipes are delicious. Yes, they are easy to make. Yes, my family loves the dishes I have made from the book. It meets every single criteria that […]