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In the Mood for a Party

July 12, 2015

In one of my earliest attempts to build relationships with other single women after Lev died (and to deal with the sinkhole called Valentine Day), I invited several acquaintances—divorced and widowed—over for an “un-Valentine party,” with a light meal spread out on the big coffee table in my library. We watched one of those comedies about “women of a certain age”—with Meryl Streep, I think, …

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Durkee Deviled Eggs

June 7, 2015

Does anyone remember Durkee Famous Sandwich & Salad Sauce? Supposedly, Abraham Lincoln spread Durkee on his turkey sandwiches in the White House. My mother turned up her nose at Durkee (and Miracle Whip), believing that Hellman’s Mayonnaise was the only appropriate spread for sandwiches. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, kept Durkee on hand; and she made her deviled eggs with Durkee, just as her …

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