Tressa Dale

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On the strawberry patch: Bites of romance

When we first started dating, our romance was adventurous. We spent our weekends in the mountains or in deep snow on journeys that would last for hours and hours. With just our two black...

On the strawberry patch: Making a fresh start

On Tuesday, people all over the world celebrated the Lunar New Year and the first day of the year of the tiger. If you were born in the year 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986,...

Secret’s in the noodles

The secret to amazing lasagna is to make the pasta yourself. I know, I know — lasagna is a ton of work as it is. But for me, using store bought noodles (even the...

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...

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...

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...

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