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and preferably, pie for pi day

BLUEBERRY GALETTE A galette is a rustic tart that cooks up faster than a double crust pie. It can be totally freeform, that is, the fruit just gets piled in, or you can cut the crust into a perfect circle and arrange things fussilly. I prefer the former. If you have pie crust ready to . . .

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and preferably, brownies 2

As promised, here’s my other go-to brownie recipe, not quite as heart-stopping but still quite excellent. (Unless you’re my kids. See previous post.) Still no photos. The only caveat – it can be tough to get these baked the right amount. If you keep them in too long, they’ll be dry, if you take them . . .

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and preferably, brownies

Per request, I am posting “The Farm” brownie recipe today. But I’m also posting another brownie recipe to follow. You’ll see that they follow pretty much the same procedure, which to me is key to making excellent brownies. The differences are in the amounts of some ingredients (butter goes from 3 to 2 sticks, eggs . . .

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On Creativity with Wiley Cash

“I think art is going to save us because I think it’s the only thing that can make us check in with how we feel and what we believe. We read histories to find out what happened. We turn to art to discover what it felt like.”

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and preferably, chocolate cake

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake from America’s Test Kitchen via Genius Kitchen For the first post in my new series “and preferably, baked goods” I had to share the recipe for this simple but rich and delicious cake, which my daughter baked for me for my birthday and I baked two weeks later for my . . .

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DOWNHILL FROM HERE by Katherine S. Newman

Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality Available now from Highbridge Audio. Retirement insecurity is an increasingly serious manifestation of the vast inequality that risks destroying the social fabric in America. The nearly inevitable consequence of lifetime wage discrepancies, security in retirement is linked to the kinds of jobs we hold during our work lives. . . .

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On Creativity with Erin Nicholas

Author Interview and Giveaway Books 1 & 2 of the Just Everyday Heroes, Day Shift series by Erin Nicholas from Tantor Audio ON CREATIVITY with Erin Nicholas A big thank you to Erin for her willingness to kick off my new series on the creative process. As someone who spends a great deal of time . . .

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MURDER BY THE BOOK

by Lauren Elliott Available now from Tantor Audio. “Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn’t expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town . . . Addie left some . . .

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Vintage Love Stories, by me and seven other fabulous people

Available now from Blunderwoman Productions in audio, ebook and paperback formats.  From the Publisher: A collection of sweet, tender, poetic, beautiful, heart-wrenching, sensual, love stories. These stories share a common theme of love, set in a time period before cell phones and social media. “Second Best” by Brenna Aldrich 1944. The South. Can a heartbroken young . . .

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