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Life as Music

In the process of making music on an instrument, right and left hand techniques are essential tools, yet even while these techniques are developing it is important not to overlook the actual music itself – the expression of the heart that drew us to music in the first place. When the player truly listens to […]

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Hot Cross Buns

My mother’s recipe, adapted from 1973 flour bag recipe. Ingredients 1 pkg. yeast 1⁄2 c. warm water 1⁄2 c. sugar 1⁄4 c. shortening 1 c. hot milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice 1 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1 c. currents or raisins 1⁄2 c. citron or candied lemon chunks 5 c. […]

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Carole’s Wood Oven Pizza Crust

Somehow, I’ve never got pizza crust down, and I appreciate visiting friends who do!  This is from Carole Hibbeln in Silver Spring, MD Ingredients 4 cups of flour 1 tsp of salt 1 cup of water 2 tsp of sugar 1 packet of yeast 4 tbsp of parmesan cheese 3 tbsp of olive oil Instructions […]

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CA Tour & Whale Watching

It was great to see so many friends in California! Thanks to everyone! Enjoyed watching the whales off the coast of Long Beach, just before the concert. The grey whale did a beautiful dive, but the shutter on the camera just missed it.  Fill in with imagination.  The theater where I played that night is […]

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Finnish Pinwheel Christmas Tarts

Pinwheel tarts have been a favorite Finnish holiday tradition in my home ever since I remember.  They take some time to put together, and I remember helping my mother fold the pinwheel shapes when I was a very little girl, as my niece and nephew now do.  They are surprisingly delicious. The recipe supplied by my great aunt, ­Saima […]

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Calvados-Laced Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Bay Leaves

Here’s one that’s too time consuming for me, but if you’d like to make it and serve it sometime, I’d be ever so grateful! Ingredients 2 tbs unsalted butter 2 onions chopped 2 cinnamon sticks broken in half 2 bay leaves broken in half 1 tsp coarse salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 cup […]

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Cranberry / Kumquat Sauce

(Submitted by Anne Roos, passed along to her by her friend Sally.) Ingredients 2 bags cranberries 9 oz kumquats trimmed and quartered lengthwise (1 1/2 C) 1 C sugar (lowered from 1 1/2 in original recipe) 2 T finely chopped and peeled fresh ginger root 2 whole star anis 1/4 teasp. salt Instructions Stir together […]

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Savory Crepe Trio

When I was in Brittany, France I couldn’t get enough of their delicious savory crepes, or “gallettes.” I would go to a creperie every meal if possible, and often peek in the kitchen to see how the cooks made the crepes. When I returned to the USA, I still made them at home and at […]

Cool Cauliflower with Citrus Cream

The crowning touch of my BBQ after All Star Guitar Night was a salad my friend Anne Roos brought. This recipe won first place on WDCB radio’s Folktastic recipe contest! Ingredients 1 head of cauliflower divided into bite size pieces Marinade: 2 tbsp. tarragon or white wine vinegar 3 to 5 tbsp. canola or light […]