Tressa Dale

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On the strawberry patch: Warm up with army base stew

On a freezing, gusty Saturday in January, my sister and I were out exploring in Seoul, South Korea. We had spent the afternoon shopping in an enormous outdoor market just outside the ancient east...

On the strawberry patch: A dessert to dance to

Our parents took us to see “The Nutcracker” for Christmas once when we were very young, and my sister and I were immediately enamored. For weeks after we would twirl and leap through the...

On the strawberry patch: Tasty trial and error

Long before it was my job, and long before I had a child to cook for all day every day, cooking was just a simple hobby. It was a hobby I felt safe taking...

Pudding to the rescue

My husband calls this year’s Thanksgiving Day “the red wedding” because by the end of the night it became clear that our festivities had been infiltrated by a violent, sneaky enemy with nefarious intent...

On the strawberry patch: Pesto and presents

It is December 1997, I am 11 years old, and the Nintendo 64 console was the only thing on our wish list. My sister and I spent the whole winter break that year with...

Baking for everyone

My sister-in-law and her little family came up for Thanksgiving, so I’ve been gleefully soaking in the new baby sounds and snuggles. The little one has a diary sensitivity, so all the cooks needed...

On the strawberry patch: Tots to be thankful for

Two years ago, I spent the entirety of Thanksgiving Day in my green rocking chair, cradling my newborn son. I had much to be thankful for. He was healthy and beautiful and just 7...

On the strawberry patch: In honor of ‘Cupcake Mondays’

Most of us never saw combat, but we are shell shocked, nonetheless. We were stationed in paradise but spent our days in a dim, flickering fluorescent-lit sea of gray cubicles and mildewy carpets, the...

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