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Cooper River Bridge Run, and tips for your first race

My grandfather recently turned 90, and my family decided to go celebrate with him in Charleston, S.C. And, since it happened to be the same weekend as the Cooper River Bridge Run (a 10K that includes a two-mile bridge connecting … Continue reading

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How to make pie crust

I was really, really hoping I would have the time to make something strawberries-and-cream-y this year inĀ  honor of Wimbledon, because I love everything about Wimbledon and you can’t go wrong with strawberries and cream. But it doesn’t look like … Continue reading

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How to start swimming

I learned to swim when I was 22 months old, and I grew up with a pool in my backyard. So even though I (foolishly) quit swim team in elementary school, swimming has always been relatively easy and natural for … Continue reading

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How to make sweet tea

I’m not Southern. My dad is from Texas and my mom’s from West Virginia, but I was born in Northern California and grew up in Arizona — which is technically in the southern half of the U.S. but is not … Continue reading

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How to send cookies to Afghanistan (or Iraq… or a ship)

As a military wife, military reporter and friend of many Marines (and a few sailors), I have done a lot of overseas shipping. I send so many baked goods that the owner of the Annapolis Post Box knows me as … Continue reading

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How to avoid green hair

When I was little, I spent just about every summer day in the pool. A lot of spring and fall days, too. That definitely wreaked havoc on my blond hair. My brother and I had to use UltraSwim shampoo like … Continue reading

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How to dye coconut

It took us three days to get back from Hawaii, because we decided to take military air. So I ended up spending my birthday in Miramar, California, which isn’t really a bad thing… except that we didn’t know we were … Continue reading

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How to chop a butternut squash

I have recently discovered that I really like butternut squash. But since I had never cooked with it before, I wasn’t sure how to chop it up. Luckily, the “Gourmet Quick Kitchen” special edition had instructions. First, try to find … Continue reading

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Cookie-baking tips

I have been baking a lot of cookies lately, getting ready for Eat Swim Shop’s 12 days of Christmas cookies (Get excited!!!). But I know some of you have probably already started baking, so I wanted to give you a … Continue reading

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How to chop an onion

This is something I probably should have figured out for myself ages ago, but I didn’t really learn it until I took this class at Charleston Cooks. It is very easy and will minimize the time you need to spend … Continue reading

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