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You can call me Peg, if you like, because that’s my name. But if you take me home, you can call me whatever “strikes your fancy.” I really like people. I am about eight-months-old and have been neutered. Don’t I have awesome eyes? Please call the shelter at 231-861-5395 to arrange a visit with me.

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One of my favorite things to make — and eat — is bruschetta. That’s because 1. I love Italian food in any form; 2. It’s so easy you can put it together before you can say “bruschetta”; and 3. It’s healthy and low in calories, although it’s so tasty you’d think you were eating naughty.

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The other night I was watching the fourth entry from one of my favorite old movie series, Dr. Kildare, on TCM. Now, you may remember that column I wrote not too long ago on hats, in which I cited the first Dr. Kildare movie as an example of 1940’s hat worship. It was pretty funny, how everyo…

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Roasts have always been a challenge for me. Whether it’s pork or beef, I’ve had to be very precise in following recipes, because it seems to be just too easy for a roast to turn out tough or dry. But last weekend I learned an interesting lesson. Sometimes, when you do everything wrong, it ca…

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One of the things that’s most fun about having five cats is their different personalities. I’ve often remarked that it’s like living with five interesting people. You always have to be on the alert for the unexpected.

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My name is Halo because I am an Angel! I am a 4-year-old girl, and I have been spayed. I love to cuddle once I get to know people. I am new to the shelter, and I really don’t understand why I am here. Will you come to take me home? I know we will get along great. Please call the shelter at 2…

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Hallelujah and praise the Health Department District #10 — I just got my first dose of the COVID vaccine.

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Because I have a cooking column and a nationally published cookbook, many people think I spend all my time in the kitchen, making complicated recipes that only a seasoned (no pun intended) chef could create. Well, they’re right about one thing. I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen — doing…