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Cheesecake comes close to being the perfect dessert. No? Not for you? Well, it does in my book. And as luck would have it, it’s my husband’s favorite. What are the chances? There are innumerable recipes for this popular cake/pie.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Maggie West
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Our second most popular recipe request is biscuits. Nothing beats a fluffy biscuit at any meal in my humble opinion. Well -- perhaps bacon. To start the morning off right, for breakfast, slice a warm biscuit in half; insert any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Maggie West
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Who’s up for some fideo? I am, and so is one of my readers. It is, however, difficult to find an authentic version of this dish. It’s even harder to find one like my grandma used to make. She was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Maggie West
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Jan 12, 2016
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Because my husband and I cook and bake a lot, we’re often asked to post recipes on our Facebook page. Pie crust and biscuits are among my top ten requests. I am the baker of this household, after all. I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at Maggie West
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Last week, I received my first recipe research assignment from Linda Yvonne Coyle Peterson. This is what she wrote: “Here's a recipe I have been trying to find for years: German chocolate pie. [It’s made] in one bowl with nuts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Maggie West
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A 60s recipe for oatmeal straight from my grandmother's table. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at Maggie West
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Offended? Few things offend me. My anger rears its ugly head when someone disrespects our elders; as I watch inconsiderate cell-dweebs on the road, or at a counter expecting fast service; and listening to arguments in which one person, driven... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Maggie West
This is one of the “Dear Abby” dilemmas answered in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. DEAR ABBY: “My sister and her husband are well-to-do and cheap. They recently invited themselves to stay three nights in our snowbird condo on their way to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Maggie West
Deadbeat dads are, well, deadbeats. Most likely, they were long before we met them, and will be long after we're gone. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at Maggie West
To continue with the analogy "a hall of ugly mirrors," I first saw the ugliness in my reflection as a child. Although my parents continually counseled me on good and evil, the latter seemed more enjoyable. And in our family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Maggie West
Are sex and love two human frailties that cannot be mastered or conquered? I believe the answer is "yes." If we convince ourselves otherwise, we may find our lives full of nothing but disenchantment and frustration. Long before Shakespeare wrote... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Maggie West
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Mansell Road just east of North Point Parkway closed today in Alpharetta, GA. Crews from the water company worked through the night repairing a broken 36" water main. By this morning, the work had not yet been completed. Due to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Maggie West
Is it any wonder that men and women alike ask the question "When is it Love?" Today, couples separate at an alarming rate -- married or not. A little over a century ago -- which isn't very long in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Maggie West
Let's go back to the original question "When will I know that it's really love?" mentioned in Part One. This question, oddly enough, brings another to mind: How does one define "love?" Does he or she mean "being in love":... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Maggie West
"Tell me the truth," I heard an acquaintance say. Experience, however, taught me that rarely does anyone want the truth. Instead, they search for someone who will substantiate their truths; their beliefs, and that rarely happens when I'm on the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Maggie West
Personally, I still view Christmas as a time of good cheer. I smile at most who pass me in grocery store aisles, stand near me at convenience stores, and line up behind me at the bank or post office. How... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Maggie West
My days of night-clubbing long since passed, I still often have the urge to dance -- even though I'm now in my fifties (My daughter's right. I'll never grow up). Nevertheless, I was pretty good in my day. Come to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at Maggie West
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Mar 15, 2010
In the eighties, I was physically picked up and thrown out of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Apologies to Mr. Van Halen -- I'm a sincere fan. If you knew me then, you'd understand why. If you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Maggie West
Each week, a wonderful group to which I belong posts a new writing topic. Their attempts to broaden the imagination and educate through Life's experiences are what hooked me months ago. This is last week's installment for "Blogging For Fun:"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Maggie West
A new year begins. And like most, I suppose, my plan for 2010 consists of improving upon last year's failings. Whether my weaknesses stem from ingrained behavioral patterns, character flaws, or poor judgment makes no difference. Reading and research usually... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at Maggie West
Not long after we met, and after I expressed my wishes to learn more about writing, my husband said: "Writing well is hard work." And I have always remembered these words. Nevertheless, my passion for this art was strong. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Maggie West
I had my share of kinky moments in the past. No one can dispute this fact. The memories of these times are still among the cobwebs in my brain. And I'm certain if the occasion arises, I can dust them... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Maggie West
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." How many of us heard this expression and thought "What a crock of shit?" I know I did, many times, many years ago. But I was young, foolish, and looked like the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2009 at Maggie West