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Veal Shanks with Apple, Fennel, and Chanterlle

Beautiful slow cooked veal shank. Preheat oven to 275F. Use a large dutch oven. Cook 4 slices diced bacon. Remove bacon and set aside, save the fat. Salt and pepper 4 veal chops and then brown them in bacon fat. Set the chops aside. Add a diced onion, a small diced fennel bulb, and 3 diced […]

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Thoughts About Africa

I had never been to sub Saharan Africa before. We went to a private game reserve in South Africa called MalaMala. Then we went with some friends to Zambia near Kafue National Park. We stayed a couple days in Livingstone to see Victoria Falls. And we spent one day in Johannesburg where we visited an […]

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Asking and Being Asked

My friend and colleague Brian Saber interviewed me for his site Asking Matters about how I make asks and how I like to be asked. You can read the feature here. His questions really made me think about how important it is to feel comfortable making an ask when you fund raise.

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Duck Breast and Wilted Spinach Salad with Morels, Peas, and Cherries

A wonderful summer dinner. The salad consisted of morels, English peas, shallot, and Rainier cherries sauteed with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme. Pour this mixture warm over baby spinach to wilt the leaves. On the side, I served slices of duck breast pan sauteed with just some salt and pepper. 

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Southeast Asian Fusion Dinner

With a few guests coming over for dinner, son William and I decided to build on our January trip to Laos and Burma to create a Southeast Asian “fusion” dinner.  We agreed ahead to make a steamed fish for the main course with several salads following the Burmese tradition. For hors d’oeuvres as guests arrived, […]

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How printing new business cards made me reflect on what I do and why I do it

Small things can turn into big things. You know, the broken oven that turns into a kitchen remodel. So, I am running out of business cards. Time to reprint. And reprinting business cards has led me to reflect on what I do and why I do it. What do I want my new business cards […]

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Guest Blog on The Learner First Web Site

I was asked to write a guest blog on The Learner First web site. Check it out here.

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Burma (Myanmar) 2013

Our trip to Burma was a photography tour led by a long-time friend Dave Cardinal. I had not taken photos before, so when we decided to go on this tour, I got my first camera — a Canon Rebel. I am happy to report my photos improved over the trip. Burma was temples and monks, […]

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Laos 2013

Sabaidee – hello. Everyone greets me and I greet them in return. Always a smile. Happy when I greet them first. Say “Mekong River” and I immediately think of the war in Vietnam and all the horrors that went with it. But sunset on the river was innocent. Vientiane is the capital of Laos. We […]

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Holiday Reflections

This is the first time in 13 years that I will spend the holiday season in this country. So if you see me shaking in a corner, please turn off the Christmas music, I’ll be okay soon. One aspect of the holiday season is giving. And many years ago my husband Will and I decided […]