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October is National Cookbook Month – Get Cooking!

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It’s fall and in most regions it’s beginning to get a little chilly in the evenings. Sweaters are starting to come out of the mothballs they’ve been resting in all summer long, blankets are being tucked into beds once again, decorative throws are being tossed on sofas, and logs from outside are being brought in for a crackling evening fire in the fireplace or wood-burning stove. If all this coziness is making you want to grab a cookbook and experiment with a new recipe for a hearty soup or stew, pot roast, chili (meatless or otherwise), steaming, in-season vegetables such as kale, butternut squash, turnips, brussels sprouts or broccoli, you are not alone. If you love to cook, as I…

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Dear Reader Contest Grand Prize Winner

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I personally call the winners of the Write a Dear Reader Contest every year. After I say, “Hello, this is Suzanne Beecher. Your entry in this year’s Write a Dear Reader Contest was a winner. Congratulations!” most of time folks are tongue-tied, reprocessing what I just told them, but not Debbie Perloff, this year’s First Place Winner. “I hate to write,” were the first words out of Debbie’s mouth and she continued, “Even writing a postcard is a chore for me. I am so excited. When I finally decided to enter the contest, I sat down, started writing, and 45 minutes later I was finished. I was so inspired by your writing Suzanne, and also reading the entry of last…

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