Ah Valentine’s Day. The day when couples come under pressure to prove their romantic love to each other, new couples awkwardly dance around it and single folks celebrate their singleness with inappropriate drinking and binge eating. Oh, and everyone eats excessive amounts of chocolate. It’s just a thing. So how did we get here? How did this tradition of candy hearts, flowers and anxiety begin? Well, clearly there’s a link to the christian Saint Valentine. That’s where we run into the first hitch. No one’s really clear on whether there was really only one Saint Valentine. It’s possible that there were up to 3 of them. So there’s that.[1]


Here it is! Everything you need for your Super Bowl snacks in one place. Game on.   Because it’s not the football without chips and dip. Cheese Corn Dip


When I was in law school, I had a friend who was in both the law and seminary schools. So one day I didn’t have anything planned for the evening, so my friend invited me to a party thrown by his seminary friends. Okay, so to give some context here, I’m fairly shy and going to a party where I know only one person still gets me a little nervous. The idea of having to meet all those people who already know each other and make small talk is just appalling to me. I’m terrible at small talk. Like really terrible. But I decided to buck up and be a big girl and go be social. Everyone at the party

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As you may have noticed, when I was younger, there was a lot of food I refused to recognize as such. Olives were among these “foods.” I couldn’t stand them. Then, later in life, I realized that my earlier prejudice was  born out of the fact that I had only been exposed to pre-sliced, canned, black olives. Now, these are fine if you want to grind them up as a component of a dip or marinade, but alone they are pretty gross. As I’ve discovered, the quality of the olives matters a great deal. Good olives are fruity, briny, rich and sweet, all in one. They are delicious.


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