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Shirley Hodge

I suppose I should be ashamed to admit it but I have been using instant coffee since the sixties. As a single parent with 3 under ten children and working full time as a nurse to support them, designer coffee was the furthest thing from my mind. Even at work we had a karafe of hot water at the ready and instant coffee. No decaffinated stuff for nurses. Ha! Ha! Have tried a $5.00 Starbucks latte around the corner from my daughter's workplace in Macys in Manhatten and to be truthful it was sickening although my daughter swears by it. Was offered some kind of designer coffee on flight back from Glasgow, Scotland to Newark, NJ, in October 2004, while flying business class and took the offer but it was somewhat akin to drinking the old Lydia Pinkhams health potion that my mother and grandmother took in the 40's. Think I will stick to my Nescafe instant thank you very much.


I recall that article. Didn't they said something at the top about chocolate cookie recipes inspiring more intense debate than religion? Me, I have three recipes -- my daughter's, which we got for a kids recipe collection we gave her, and which is remarkably good, one I cadged from a book called Big Fat Cookies (key to it was, essentially, way lots of chocolate chips and doubled batter), and, of course, the famous 'Neiman-Marcus recipe'.

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