The Spontaneous Pot-luck

Friends At A Dinner Party

Iowa is famous for its pot-lucks: church pot-lucks, charity pot-lucks, neighborhood pot-lucks. And my husband is famous for his cooking. He’s a retired guy who watches cooking shows the way other men watch Monday Night Football.

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Thanksgiving Bird Talk

turkey

Embarrassing truth: I have cooked one turkey in my life. That’s what happens when you have a big family and you live in a small apartment. You get to bring a side dish or a dessert and leave the bird to the hosts who have big kitchens, big ovens, and lots of space.

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More than Voting in Iowa

politicians

Iowa has more pigs than people. We also have the World Food Prize, the best creative writing program in the country and, every four years, the presidential caucuses.

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Of M&Ms, Hot Tamales, Milky Ways and More

trick or treat

In New York, Halloween day was sunny and brisk. If I had weather control, I would have slowed down the wind a tad. As usual, I spent a fortune on goodies to contribute to the national sugar high – just in case the Power Rangers and princesses descended – and as usual, no kids came. Well, maybe the usual handful did, but I was called away to help with the Halloween chaos some miles away at my daughter’s house.

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