Nectarine Tart

I love this time of year, when the fruit is ripe and ready for recipes. One of my favorite is nectarine tarts. Not a traditional tart, easier to make and delicious. Give this one a try, served warm with vanilla ice cream. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans (or walnuts) 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 1/2 tricks cold unsalted butter...

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American Express

This is one of two rants I have to post. Last year while shopping at Cosco, I was invited to sign up for the American Express Card and earn cash back for the company. Sounded like a good idea so I opened the card. They gave me a large credit line. About 6 months later they sent a letter saying American Express was ending its relationship with Cosco and...

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How do you define success?

Just recently I read an article about Tom Cruise, his work ethic, and how he treats the people on set. It was refreshing to read about a celebrity who seems to appreciate the fact that without those un-famous people, you don’t have a career as a movie star. Aside from his kindness to others, Cruise is reported to give 100% effort, always showing up to set...

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The Big Red Chair

I have been bing watching the Graham Norton show lately, DVR recording all the episodes. If you don’t know who Graham Norton is, find him on the BBC America. The format features celebrities, much like American talk shows, promoting their latest film, or book and then a musical guest performance as a close. Graham is terribly funny, and his guests tend to...

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Lemon Love

Growing up in California, we had the perfect weather for growing just about everything. My grandfather had a green thumb, and his backyard features many fruit trees, including lemons. It was a huge tree and the lemons were wonderful for lemonade. Now that I live in Idaho and have grown several fruit trees of my own, I can say one of the things I really miss...

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Favorite Movie Moments

Life has enough drama that I rarely choose to spend my limited free time watching dramatic movies for entertainment. I tend towards action adventure, science fiction, fantasy and comedy. This morning The Two Towers is on TV and I have let it run while I work on the kitchen remodel. Taking a break, I was able to catch my favorite moment from this film. Perhaps...

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