Mustang Grapes and Dewberries

By N. M. Cedeño   In the second week of March, the Bradford pear trees in my backyard burst into bloom, displaying a profusion of tiny white flowers. Within a few days, rain and wind caused the white flower petals to “snow” down from the tree, covering my patio in a layer of white. Following … Continue reading Mustang Grapes and Dewberries

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Background Research Fun: Marketing Via Sensory Input

By N. M. Cedeño         Did you ever go into a grocery store and smell cooking bacon as you passed by the area where bacon was for sale? Or step into the baked goods sections and inhale the aroma of baking bread? Did you know that many grocery stores purposely “pipe in” … Continue reading Background Research Fun: Marketing Via Sensory Input

Ghost Stories

  By Noreen Cedeño     Who doesn’t like a good ghost story? Ghost stories have a long history, going back as far as we have written records. In the Bible, 1 Samuel 28 records the story of King Saul seeking the ghost of the dead Samuel. In the 1st century A.D., Roman statesman Pliny … Continue reading Ghost Stories

A Plantain is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus

by N. M. Cedeno My husband got lucky in food when he married me. He didn’t have to adapt to a foreign flavor palette the way I did. When people create a new joint household, whether they like it or not, the foods they eat regularly will change depending on each family member’s culinary history. … Continue reading A Plantain is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus

Wedding Receptions in the You-Tube Era

 Posted by N. M. Cedeño     What’s going on with wedding receptions these days? My husband and I were apparently married in a bygone era, the pre-YouTube era. Consequently, our bridesmaids and groomsmen did not choreograph dances, put on a ballet, or produce a Broadway musical during our reception for the entertainment of our guests. … Continue reading Wedding Receptions in the You-Tube Era