Arts & crafts,  Home & Family

Riffing on a recipe

“Once you have mastered a technique, you hardly need to look at a recipe again, and can take off on your own.” ~Julia Child

One of my favorite fall recipes is a spicy posole that I found in the “Pantry Raid” section of Better Homes and Gardens magazine 10 years ago. I’ve made this Mexican stew so often — sometimes trying my own variations — that I don’t even write a list of the ingredients I’ll need before heading to the grocery store.

Mastering any technique takes practice, whether you’re whipping up an omelette, knitting a scarf, or building a house. But as Julia Child advised, there’s plenty of room for your own creativity once you do. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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