Stories by Laurie Marlatt Steeb

Friends Are Worth Celebrating Any Day of the Year

Thursday, August 13, 2009

National Best Friend’s Day happens on two distinct dates in the year: June 8 and Aug. 15. So which one is it?

Just Hangerin’ Around

Thursday, August 6, 2009

One hanger by itself goes were you direct it, stays put and serves you well, but group a pile of hangers together and they become unruly, tangle in a mess, and sometimes even bite when you try to break them apart.

Doggone Takin’ Me Back

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sometimes the most vague scent, sound or taste remembered from the past will transport you back to a time gone by. If you look on that time fondly, you might wish you could stay awhile. This happened to me when I visited the William Wegman exhibit at the Akron Art Museum.

Hot Weather Meals: Give Them a Toss

Thursday, July 23, 2009

If there’s one food that really captures the essence of summer, it’s salad. All kinds of beautiful, ripe produce are overflowing from gardens and orchards. When fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy. Just tumble them into a salad bowl and enjoy in their raw, […]

Celebrate Ice Cream

Thursday, July 16, 2009

More ice cream is consumed in the U.S. per person than in any other country in the world. The love of ice cream among Americans is reflected in other ways, too, not least by the fact that the U.S. has its own National Ice Cream Month. Since 1984, when President Reagan proclaimed that National Ice […]

Squaring Away the Holiday

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A summer buffet would not be considered a true hoedown without dancing. Just what is a “hoedown”? Webster dictionary says, “hoedown (ho’doun’) noun 1. a lively, rollicking dance, often a square dance 2. music for this 3. a party at which hoedowns are danced Etymology: prob. of black orig.” * I don’t suppose there will […]

Getting to the Heart of Soul Food

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Over the centuries and throughout the world and every culture, food, and the sharing thereof, tends to warm the heart and knit the soul. It is a platform for business transactions, family negotiation and just friendly fellowship. Much soul food cooking comes from the Bahamas. Picture looking out over the sea deciding what fish you […]

In The Driver’s Seat

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I usually try to fit more into my days than can healthily be squeezed, thus my sleep section of each 24 hours gets short-changed. I must remind myself to slow down, put this problem in check and say “NO” more often. An appointment one morning for my brother Tom to get the cast taken off […]

Breezes and Berries

Thursday, June 11, 2009

California strawberries taste great when you haven’t had a fresh strawberry for a whole year. This spring, I purchased one token carton of shipped-in strawberries — just enough to whet my family’s appetite for the real thing. Dad had been hungry for shortcake at the first sign of the shipped berries in the stores, which […]

Dairy Makes Cents

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today’s economic crunch sometimes pits saving money against eating healthy. For me, this dilemma is often compounded by another factor: spending a little more on food if it saves time. Since time is money, won’t I still be economizing? It’s a question of my priorities. Consumers are shifting priorities when making grocery purchase decisions, according […]

A Patty by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

Thursday, May 28, 2009

USA Weekend food columnist Pam Anderson says, “Take a hamburger, drop the ham and what do you have?” When she judged a Build a Better Burger contest several years ago, but the top prize went to the best beef burger, there was a $10,000 prize for the “best alternative burger.” The event chairman, cookbook author […]

The Missing Desk Mystery

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This true story was referenced at the 2008 Republican National Convention: Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of […]

Slightly Elevated

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My brother Tom broke his leg. When I visited the hospital the day he had surgery to repair the nasty fractures, I checked in at the visitors’ desk and found he’d been moved from the room I settled him in the night before. His surgery was scheduled for 4 p.m. and I arrived around 3, […]

Eggs. Yep, they’re incredible and edible

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I buy brown eggs from a local fellow who delivers them to me at work. Not only are they beautiful to look at, and extra fresh (they didn’t peel well at Easter time), but I’ve read that free range eggs rate high in nutritional value. No matter where you get your eggs they are a […]

The Cookie Crumbles This Way

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Homemade cookies are always a welcome treat, so when I received a request for chewy cookie recipes, I didn’t have to think twice. Follow recipes closely and measure ingredients carefully for best results; using the correct ingredients is key. Here are some other pointers adapted from Fats. Cookies are made primarily with butter, margarine […]

Nuts to the nutty (especially pecans)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

“Oh, It’s the Nuts”: An old commercial jingle for Fifth Avenue candy bars went something like that. Well, “Nuts to the nutty,” as they say. I love them all, but this month let’s take a look at the celebrated pecan. Pecans can enhance the flavor of any dish. But more than just a savory sensation, […]

A Question of Mending (both body and health care system)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I broke my elbow at the end of January. The crack in my bone healed unencumbered except for a sling I wore occasionally upon the advice of my orthopedic doctor as he explained grinning, “People open doors for you and things like that.” I seem to remember on past visits to the emergency room our […]

True confessions: I wish I had a bunny.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Though we have a cat and a hamster, I find myself bunniless this Easter, and I wish I had a pet rabbit, again. I’m reminded whenever I see a live rabbit, that my cages sit empty, waiting for a new occupant. My daughters talked me out of taking in the rabbit I considered adopting before […]

Seven steps to soothing your stress

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Don’t take anti-anxiety medication or a sleeping pill to ‘chill out’, there are alternative methods of managing and relieving stress:

Consignment shop is great find, great resource

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day meal with Dad, complete with a green votive candle holder for our table, all the green serving ware I could find (not much) and a menu that included corned beef, green Jell-o, and mint ice cream. We were well stuffed when we moved to the other end of Dad’s […]


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