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Gold in the green beans. Why?

My father grew up in Brooklyn, during the Great Depression, in a house so close to the next one that once, when a spark ignited the shingles, a neighbor simply jumped from his roof to my father’s and stamped out

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Call me names!

When I was about two, my mother said I invented a game called “Names.” The rules were simple: she regaled me with terms of endearment while I basked in the glow of Honey, Sugar, Sugar Pie, Sweetheart, Sweet Pea, Sugar

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Carrot Soup, Blue Sky

I made carrot and ginger soup last night for my book club which was reading Under the Same Blue Sky. In theme with the book, I’d challenged myself to a brightly colored, light, vegetarian German summer menu. A 6-year old

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Elegance of Onion Sauce

One wouldn’t think that a pasta sauce made mostly of onions would be so elegant, beguiling, and comforting too, but it is. With an abundance of onions this evening, I made a version of a heartier sauce I’d seen on

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What’s cooking, 1910’s?

I’m developing my fourth novel, set after World War I, and as always, interested in finding out what people were eating. Here’s some of the new foods on the market and around town. In some cases, the dates are the

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Squash, Shrimp & Cod Chowder

Here’s a winter chowder culled and modified from several sources that can warm you while writing or whatever. Squash and Cod Chowder 4 strips bacon, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed 2-3 ribs celery, chopped 1/2 sweet pepper

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Lessons in Soba Making

Recently I was in a vast underground labyrinth of a Singapore shopping mall, waiting to meet a friend at a coffee shop and came upon this lesson in soba (noodle) making. There is a Japanese chain restaurant in which the

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Our Irish-Bulgarian Cabbage Connection

For St. Patrick’s Day, we’re having corned beef and Bulgarian cabbage. The recipe for the latter was part of our daughter Emilia’s patrimony when we adopted her at age 10 from Bulgaria. With no English, she took us shopping for

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Warm soup for cold snap

To soften the load on our lumbering furnace, I’m very bundled up to write today: sweater, scarf, jacket, wool leggings, jeans, two pairs of socks. Yesterday I made a pureed root vegetable soup for a sick friend and just had

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Fruili Potatoes

Being recently in possession of some turnips, I was happy to find a recipe for same from Friuli, a beautiful, not enough visited wine-growing region of north-east Italy near Slovenia. Friuli was under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which accounts for its

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Sunday, May 6, 2pm reading from latest work at Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN.

Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm presentation on research on the historical novel, Blount Count Library, Maryville, TN.

When We Were Strangers, Italian translation, tp rot be sented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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