Mary Helen Spooner

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  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    Picture this: a honeymooning couple on a tour of Egypt. They are the youngest ones in the tour group by at least 20 years. But that's not what's bothering them on this trip of a lifetime, which has taken them to Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum, King...

  • 14 years ago | Wake Up Call

    I'm toying with the idea of planting corn in my backyard, then infecting it with the fungus Ustilago maydis. If all goes well, the kernels will be coated with a greenish-white covering, then turn silver-gray before rupturing to reveal huitlacoche,...

  • 15 years ago | Wake Up Call

    It is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food, a baked turnover filled with meat, onions and potatoes. The humble Cornish pasty (pronounced "pass-tee") was brought to Arizona and the rest of the New World by immigrant miners from Cornwall, that Cel...

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