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    Blackberry Grunt

    Our fields are alive… not with the sound of music, but the glory of berries. The wild raspberries were a healthy crop this year, not the blood letting usual that brought in a meager pint. We served up fruity oatmeal in the morning, fruity salad at lunch and tasty desserts after dinner. No complaints.Now the dew berries are thick and jet black full of their individual globes of pulp and ready to be picked. They are the precursor to the blackberries: the ultimate gift of the land. We don’t have to work for them, the plants are wild, full and laden. It’s a walk in the park… or the back…

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    Popular Articles: Week of November 15 – 21

    Here were our top 10 most-viewed articles for the week on MilitaryAvenue.com: The Military Community is Thankful this Thanksgiving Military Cookbook Project: Home Cooking On The Mind USAA and Zag Team up with Mercedes-Benz USA Advance Pay for a PCS Holiday Memories Could Net Share of $2,500 in AAFES Shopping Sprees First Lady Honors Military Women, Vets USAA Enlists Army Wife Network to Encourage and Empower Fort Carson Military Spouses Host an Airman for Thanksgiving Dinner Operation Homecooking National Defense University Foundation Announces 2009 Service Heroes Holiday Greetings-Army Family Style Visit our Reading Room to find more relevant news! To find the most recent additions to MilitaryAvenue follow our RSS…

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    Military Cookbook Project: Home Cooking On The Mind

    The Taste of Home. There is a magazine with that name, there is also a mindspot that is so real it opens floods of memories. A taste of home brings our matriarchs, patriarchs and local chefs right there to the senses, all of those senses can be activated… just by the thoughts of tastes that are not at our fingertips. We all have them. Some are horrible experiences, lessons learned, laughter shared and ribbing taken or given. Then there is the images of visual dinner gatherings, and items that should just be there on the table…a favorite of someone from a recipe learned from somewhere… memories. These memories are such…

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    Great Tastes

    I have a bookcase of cookbooks and cooking magazines! It started as a shelf… then spilled into two and on and on. As we moved around the country and world, I wanted some of the local flavor to be part of our everyday life. So the collection began innocently. I can remember going to a county fair in Utah (Hill AFB) with Dale. We saw the food stands and there were tacos. (Didn’t have them in NYC area where I grew up.) We ordered 2 tacos – pronounced take-ohs. Oh yeah, we were newbies to the area! As we took our first bites – meat, cheese and lettuce took flight…