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Margaret Mendel

Corn

IN THE September 10 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


When my sisters and I were nine and ten years old it became our job in late summer to follow mom into the steamy pathways between the rows of corn. My sisters and I each dragged a huge metal bucket, kicking up dust, while we filled those heavy containers with the ears of corn mom said were ‘ready’.

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The sky was heavy with storm clouds when I got into my old Toyota and headed for the Village. The temperature had been miserably hanging around the 90s in New York City for over a week and I looked forward to a good rainstorm to cool things down.

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The Tomato

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


The tomato offers year round enjoyment. In the summer, the tomato helps to cool the weary chef on hot sweltering days when it is freshly sliced and put into a crisp salad or lightly sautéed with garlic and mushrooms and folded into prepared pasta.

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WATER – WATER

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

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andDiana Hockley,
andGoing Green,
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by Margaret Mendel & Diana Hockley


Water can easily be taken for granted. We turn on the faucet and water quickly runs from the tap. And when there are rows of bottled water in the grocery store it’s hard to believe that the fresh water we expect to always be there might someday become a scarce commodity. But that is exactly what scientists are beginning to predict.

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What is the Slow Food Movement?

IN THE July 16 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


The Slow Food Movement is an international movement that began in Italy in 1986 as an endeavor to keep a McDonald’s from opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In that year a Slow Food Manifesto was signed by delegates from fifteen countries in protest against big international business interests. The Movement now has over 100,000 members in 132 countries with hundreds of regional chapters around the world.

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Summer Time Pasta Salad

IN THE July 9 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


Who wants to cook in the summer? I sure don’t and I do everything I can to get out of standing over a hot stove in the warmer weather. Some days the best I can do in the summer heat is boil water. That’s when pasta salads begin to appear on our dinner table in the evenings. I like to cook a large batch of pasta and then divide it into a couple of meals depending on how many family members will be home for dinner.

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Yankee Stadium

IN THE July 6 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


A give-away day at Yankee Stadium is a pretty special occasion though quite a few trinkets get handed out during the baseball season. I’m sure that those folks who attend the games regularly must have a large collection of bobble head dolls, beach towels with the Yankee logo, cold cup sleeves, key rings; really there’s no end to the variety of merchandise that is handed out periodically.

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The Origins of Father’s Day

IN THE June 18 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


In 1906 when Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, learned of the establishment of a new holiday, Mother’s Day, she began to work toward a day each year that would honor fatherhood. Ms. Dodd’s father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, had raised Ms. Dodd and her five siblings all by himself after their mother died.

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With the Tony Awards upon us this Sunday we have the great treat of being able to enjoy a review of one of the Tony Award nominated shows thanks to KRL’s writer in New York. While only our New York readers will have the chance to see this show for now, hopefully many of us will be able to enjoy it sometime in the future and now we can enjoy the Tony Awards with just a bit more knowledge of one of the great plays that is nominated.

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Fresh Peaches

IN THE May 21 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


The late spring and early summer air seems to smell sweeter than at other times of the year because that’s when fresh peaches begin to show up in the markets. I imagine the air delicately imbued with the odor of succulent juices incased in the fuzzy fruit. I smile when I see the first locally grown peaches in the farm stands and on the market shelves knowing that I can now make some of my family’s favorite treats.

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Origins of Mother’s Day

IN THE May 7 ISSUE

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andFood Fun,
andHometown History,
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by Margaret Mendel


In 1914 Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May as the National Holiday to honor mothers. That seems a simple and contemporary concept. Yet, much more had come before this declaration.

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Upcycling

IN THE April 21 ISSUE

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andGoing Green,
andHelping Hands,
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by Margaret Mendel



The saying “One person’s garbage is another person’s treasure” was never more true than when it comes to upcycling. What is upcycling? It is the process of taking something that would ordinarily be thrown away and making it into something that has equal or greater use.

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Easy Easter Dinner

IN THE April 16 ISSUE

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andFood Fun,
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by Margaret Mendel



Once Daylight savings begins, I start planning my Easter dinner. We usually have between 12 and 14 people sitting at our table on that day. It used to be a big deal and I’d spend long hours shopping and preparing special dishes.

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Buy Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel



It’s that time of year again. When the smell of spring is in the air I get all excited waiting to hear those first cracks of the major league baseball bats. The weather might still be a bit unpredictable but rain or shine the baseball season starts the first week in April. There are maybe a dozen major league players that I like to watch, and I cheer the demise of a few teams I consider rivals to my hometown boys, but there’s only one yummy treat I think about when it comes to baseball. Cracker Jacks.

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Everyone seems to be “going green” these days. Even the United States Postal Services has taken major steps in reducing its carbon footprint. In 2009 the Postal Services voluntarily conducted an inventory of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that resulted in findings that prompted them to make changes in the way they do business.

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Visiting New York City? Want to see a Broadway production, an Off-Broadway or even an Off-Off-Broadway play? Here are a few tips that might help keep a bit more cash in your pocketbook when purchasing tickets.

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