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Teeny Tiny Apple Dumplings — Fifty in the Freezer

    I just finished this preparation for my book launch November 13, 7:30 at Women and Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark St. Reception to follow at neighboring gallery will feature tastes from the foods of the 1930’s novel,

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Review of A Free, Unsullied Land in Windy City Reviews

A review is up in Windy City Reviews.

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Novel Food: Mu Shu pancakes

In my novel,  A Free, Unsullied Land, Henriette’s brother Carl “wielded a knife with a surgeon’s precision and served each person crisp slices of skin and dark meat.” He’s aiming for so-called Peking duck, pumping air under the duck’s skin

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Goodreads Giveaway Starts October 7 — Only Ten Books

Goodreads Book Giveaway A Free, Unsullied Land by Maggie Kast Giveaway ends November 07, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

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Please Leave a Comment

Dear friends of my generation, Many have been baffled by the comment function on WordPress. I value any and all comments and will respond. Please speak up! Immediately under the post title you will see a date, my name and

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At the Crossroads of Write and Rite

Welcome to my new website, www.maggiekast.com and the new site for my blog, formerly Ritual and Rhubarb Pie on Blogger, now here on WordPress. I’ll still be reporting on meals and other rituals, stretching that term to include annual family

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Martha’s Vineyard Redux—the Eighth Year

The Kast family week on Martha’s Vineyard was just a wistful wish the year I turned 70. “You can have it,” said my daughter, Erica, and I did. Our motley mix includes the progeny and friends of many marriages, ranging

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Climbing the Learning Curve

Over the last two or three days I’ve hoisted myself up a steep learning curve, one handhold after the other, and craned my neck to see the widening view. With terrific boosts from Ilan Mochari, fellow Fomite writer and author

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You Will Judge a Book by its Cover

You will judge a book by its cover, and so will every stranger who comes upon your book. Suddenly all those carefully crafted words must speak a visual language, must compress themselves into a single image. The cover on the

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A Novel’s Journey: Bringing What Could Have Been to Life

After a joyful, dance-filled Easter Mass a few weeks ago I got on a plane and flew to Vienna, then took a train, fighting sleep, to the Austrian town of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, near the Italian border. There my son

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