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Eat, drink and be merry: What to serve at a Wake [advice column]

Dear Velvet, What should I serve at my mother-in-law’s wake? Of course, all the planning became my responsibility. That was her way of getting back to me for marrying her only son. I could just order something lame, but I’m better than that. (Which is more than I can say for her.) Anyway, what should […]

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Penne Pesto Pasta, with salmon and white wine

This penne pasta recipe is so quick, you’ll be in and out of the kitchen fast enough to go out drinking all night.  It’s not what I do all night every night, but, hey, a girl’s gotta have her dreams. Ingredients: 16 oz. Penne pasta 2 T olive oil 1 large onion, sliced thin 2 zucchinis, […]

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How to Smoke Just About Anything in Your Backyard Grill

It’s so easy it should be illegal. Variety of wood chips, such as apple, pecan, mesquite, and hickory Tinfoil Water Meat, chicken or fish fillet-thick cut, seasoned with a rub or marinated Oil to brush your grates to prevent the meat from sticking Place two handfuls of woodchips in a glass bowl and cover with […]

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American Hearts

Dear Velvet, My mother-in-law wants to host a July 4th barbecue, but my husband doesn’t want to go.  Basically, he wants us to start our own traditions.  I’m caught in the middle.  I don’t want to disappoint the in-laws, but if my husband would rather stay home and do our own thing, then I think […]

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Why choosing your friends matters more than choosing a car

Dear Velvet, I’m having a problem with my car. Really, the problem is when I go out with my friends. I like to leave my car obsessively clean but when we go out they like to grab a bite to eat from drive through or even just a drink. I know they’re hungry, especially the […]