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For the first time, in all my years of community gardening, my rosemary was popping this summer. Much to my surprise, it had grown into a large, vibrant bush. This had never happened before. Last year it flat out died on me in the middle of the summer and in other years it was small, stringy and unimpressive. I have no idea what I did differently this year. Maybe it liked that I went to France for most of the summer and left it alone. The good news is I can easily replicate that situation next year. Whatever happened, I was delighted to see it upon my return.

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I have a great love for side dishes, especially those of the traditional BBQ or southern-style variety. Greens, macaroni & cheese, okra, hoe cakes, potato salad, hush puppies, butterbeans, sweet potatoes, cole slaw of all kinds, baked beans, cornbread … you name it, I love it. In fact, meat is often an afterthought when I’m presented with all these options. When only given a choice of two, I fret and often order extra sides just to make sure I can get them all in or more likely, order an entire meal of side dishes. It’s not uncommon for my dining companions to have to scootch their dishes and glasses over to make room for my multiple mini plates.

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