Julie Halfmann

Something to Consider: Pondering Meaning and Why I Wrote a Food Memoir

If you were to die tomorrow, what’s the one thing that you’d be sad to leave unfinished? It was the question my sister posed the morning of our cousin’s funeral. She’d been with us only two weeks before as we moved through the grief of our father’s passing. Then a freak accident caused her death …

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Quarantine Cocktails: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere” + Tutti Fruti

Even before the Alan Jackson song,  I was familiar with this saying, having grown up in a family that enjoyed drinking. That’s a bawdy admission, but it’s true. I married into a community that enjoys drinking- a hardworking, German farming community, where beer is referred to as “German sody-water”. So, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere. …

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Confessions of a Shopper & 15 (non-grocery) Recommendations for the Cook

I have a confession to make. One outcome of the Corona Shutdown is a new awareness of my habits, especially my shopping habits. Placing orders online and doing grocery pick up narrows the scope of what goes into my cart and I am now painfully aware of how much time and money I’ve spent shopping …

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