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Panini: The Simple Tastes of Italian Style Bread

Recipes from “Panini, the simple tastes of Italian style bread” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) by Veronica Lavenia. Her next book “The Rustic Italian Bakery” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) will be released November 2, 2015. Carrots and capers sauce A source of inspiration for many recipes – both sweet and savory – carrots are one of the most versatile and tasty vegetables. This sauce is a fresh and light idea to use carrots in a different way. Sicilian capers give a truly unique flavor to a very tempting sauce. Great for stuffing toast and classic panini, or over a slice...

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From Hemingway to Cash: Arkansas’ Literary and Musical Past

Arkansas usually is short-shifted when it comes to recognizing cultural geniuses of the past. What most Americans do not realize is that Ernest Hemingway came to Arkansas via his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. In the 1930s, Pauline’s parent converted the barn on their property into a place where Hemingway could write while visiting. He completed parts of A Farewell to Arms and several short stories here. Johnny Cash and his family moved from Kingsland to Dyess, Arkansas in the 1935, and occupied a house in the Dyess colony through 1953. Arkansas was the influence and roots of his budding beginnings as a musician and singer.

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Gone with the Wind: Happy 75th Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago, over a million people traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, in anticipation of the gala premiere (on December 15, 1939) of Gone with the Wind. Three days of celebration included a costume ball, receptions, a parade of limousines carrying stars from the film – and thousands of confederate flags. Gone with the Wind went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of all times. While some movies have casual fans who watch a film once, then move on to the next new thing, GWTW still has legions of fans who are loyal for a lifetime and are...

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Finding Myself In Ireland

By Barbara McNally Almost ten years ago, I took my first trip to Ireland, where I found images and parts of me that I didn’t know existed. I found them in faces and personalities all around me; in their laughter and ability to laugh at themselves; in scenery; castles and cottages; in the weather—stormy and changeable like myself; in the roads: driving on the “wrong side of the road” (the story of my life); in their music and dancing that made me feel alive and proud to be Irish; in their passion for independence and self expression in any form; and...

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Tasting Whiskey

Book: Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits Author: Lew Bryson Publication Date: November 1, 2014 Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC If you’re interested in finding a hotter trend than whiskey in the spirits market right now, you’ll be hard-pressed to find it. Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits is a comprehensive guide that leaves no barrel unturned. The author is managing editor, feature writer, and columnist for Whisky Advocate, so he has the pedigree to give this book credibility. The book is...

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Flying on Horseback in Jamaica

In Unbridled: A Memoir, Barbara McNally chronicles her journey from stifled, dependent housewife to independent, joyous and authentic living. She starts by tracing her roots in Ireland, and when her ex-husband gets remarried and goes on his honeymoon, Barbara decides to take a solo vacation to Hedonism, a clothing-optional resort in Jamaica. On her way to the beach to ride horses, her taxi breaks down in front of an orphanage for abused teenage girls. She decides to stay overnight to learn more about these girls, and how she can help, which ultimately leads Barbara to create her foundation, Mother...

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Whatever Happened To The Metric System? An Interview with John Bemelmans Marciano

Whatever Happened To The Metric System? How America Kept Its Feet by John Bemelmans Marciano (Bloomsbury, 2014, 310 pages, hard-cover with inset of colour and black and white photos) Quick: Where were you the day the Metric System died in America? Actually, it’s a trick (and tricky) question. For one thing, despite what the gas-station attendant pumping your gas in gallons would tell you, the metric system is very much alive in The U.S.A. Your medicine comes in metric doses (no one, on a long trans-Atlantic flight, asks for 1/18th of an ounce of Xanax), as does cocaine (in...

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Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer

In 1922, a journalist remarked to General Bruce, leader of the British Everest Expedition, about British tenacity. Bruce replied with a single word: “Shackleton.” Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole over one hundred years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. A charismatic personality, his incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background who joined the Empire’s last great endeavour of exploration— to conquer the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery...

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Salem VI: Chain of Souls

Salem VI: Chain of Souls Book Excerpt courtesy of pressquepublishing.com. This is the second book in the Salem Witch Trilogy, to read a chapter from the first book, Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising click here. by Jack Heath and John Thompson PROLOGUE T h e  g i r l’ s  f e e t  k i c k e d  u p  s m a l l  p u f f s of dust as she walked down the dirt lane. The greens, blues, and reds of her plaid skirt seemed to pulse with every step, and the wind tossed the...

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Paranormal Thriller Author Making Movie Magic

The Salem witch trials has always been of interest to me since I was in elementary school. We made our weekly trip to the school library and were allowed to check out one book a week. My personal struggle was selecting the next book in the Nancy Drew series or to grab another book on the history of Salem. Our library was small and I ended up reading the same books over and over again, never tiring of the stories and always wanting more. As an adult, I’m still fascinated with the history of Salem. In December 2011, I...

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Book Inspires Jazz Musician to Write A Musical Score

By Sherrie Wilkolaski and Andrew Andron Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising, the book by Jack Heath and John Thompson, has been an inspiration to many artists. The first musician to write a piece of music after reading the book was Grammy award winning artist Sean Pallitroni. His music has been the “theme song” for the book series since the spring of 2013, when he released a YouTube video playing his piece, while a copy of the book rests on his piano. Next, the book enthused film producer Michael DeRoker of Wonderland Pictures, Inc. to write the screenplay. Now, this inspired...

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Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising

Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising Book Excerpt courtesy of pressquepublishing.com. This is the first book in the Salem Witch Trilogy, we’ll be featuring Salem VI: Chain of Souls Book II next month. By Jack Heath and John Thompson Prologue Burlington, Vermont, October 17, 1978 THE MAN STOOD IN THE SHADOWS, SHIVERING, rocking from foot to foot to keep his toes from freezing and watched his breath whiten in the cold air. It was only mid-October, but up here in Vermont the unseasonably frigid night felt like January. Across the street the lights of Davis Hall burned through the clear air...

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