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My friends call me the "grammar goddess." Really. ;-) I own a freelance writing, editing and tutoring business. Previously, I served three years as food editor for The Morning Sun in Mt. Pleasant, which kindled my interest in food writing. My other areas of expertise in writing include features, community news, architecture/construction and engraving/personalization. I have a frightening number of cookbooks and watch too many DIY, HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Antiques Roadshow (BBC and PBS versions) shows. And I tweak nearly every recipe I make.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 14

An annual event, Stamp Out Hunger is Saturday, May 14. 

You don't even have to haul your food donations to a remote location. 

Just collect and bag nonperishable food items and leave the bag at your mailbox by 9 a.m. for your letter carrier to collect; it will be delivered to your local food bank (such as Gleaners Community Food Bank). 

And if it's going to rain, well, tie the food up in white plastic grocery bags. 

For more information, or to make a donation if you're not going to be home, visit to www.gcfb.org/StampOutHunger.

Pepin retires, to the disappointment of many a PBS watcher

A legend has retired, and Public Broadcasting System watchers aren't likely to be happy with the result. 

Jacques Pepin will only appear on PBS in re-runs after this year. 

In addition to being a fantastic chef, Pepin, 80, is noted for his good humor, joie de vivre and his incredible teaching ability, including a cooking show he did with Julia Child.

I've seen this Frenchman late at night and found him able to break down things simply, so that anyone can follow along (even a large knife-phobic soul like me). 

Slate's tribute to him is here; an excellent article, it mentioned a PBS channel that had some of his shows online. 

Now I just have to find the episode that teaches you how to make mayonnaise, since, so far, I have found the process too hard to even think about trying.