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Everything’s rosy with this layer cake

With this recipe from the experts at Wilton, even novice bakers can proudly say, “I made it from scratch,” as they present this gorgeous cake to guaranteed oohs and aahs.


Try some new fare on your Easter feasters

Perhaps it’s the promise of spring around the corner that has cooks looking for new ways to spice up Easter meals.


‘Sisterhood of War:’ Nurses who served in Vietnam will tell their story

Kim Heikkila’s book “Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam” focuses on nurses who served during the war. (Vonny Rohloff/Review)

March is Women's History Month, and the Ramsey County Branch Library in Roseville is celebrating it with programs about some of the more interesting aspects of being an American female.
The one that caught my editor's attention was historian Kim Heikkila's talk on her book "Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam." She knew immediately that I would have a particular interest in the topic since I worked for Special Services in Vietnam during the war. It provided recreation programs for U.S. servicemen.


Pamplona, Spain and Hemingway

This life-size bronze statue of the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, shows the tension between the bulls and the men who jump in front to try to outrun them during the festival of Sanfermines each July. While many people are injured, only 15 have been killed in the last 100 years. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

My balcony at the Gran Hotel La Perla in Pamplona, Spain, overlooked a narrow street lined with 18th century yellow, blue, tan and pink buildings along the route of the running of the bulls during the July festival of Sanfermines.


Peril in the ponds

A fascinating new book by Roseville writer Judy Helgen uncovers the tragedy happening in our ponds


The romantic's guide to Valentine's Day

It's doubtful that Esther Howland, the Massachusetts woman the U.S. Census Bureau credits with selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s, knew the Valentine's Day craze she was starting with her lace and paper-flower adorned notes.


Pastor follows steps of thousand-year pilgrimage

From the windy, lonely hills of the Pyrenees to the narrow Pamplona streets and through villages, poppy fields and farms across northern Spain, pilgrims with walking sticks and packs hike along the Camino de Santiago -- the Way of St. James. Their destination is Santiago de Compostela, where legend says the remains of St. James are buried. A magnificent cathedral was built on the site in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The steps of pilgrims stretch back unbroken to the 800s; reportedly the pilgrimages continued through the centuries, although with fewer people, even during wartime.


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