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The Retiree called my dining partner up and invited us both to supper at one of Johnson City’s best restaurants: Ms. Soukchinda Bouriboun’s Zaap Lai Thai and Lao Cuisine on North Roan Street.

It may be Valentine’s Day, but as spring rolls around, instead of love, this young(ish) man’s fancy turns to thoughts of his garden.

In the United States, October is National Cookbook Month. As someone who loves to cook, I collect cookbooks.