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Famous Dutch-Americans: Martin Van Buren and his Awesome Sideburns

There is little argument that the United States has been blessed with inspiring Americans of Dutch descent.  These Americans include Dick Van Dyke, Eddie Van Halen, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, just to name a few.  Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and FDR were also Dutch, and are highlighted in our Dutch “Facts” section at However, today we salute another inspiring Dutch-American: […]

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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick of Banket – TR

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick of Banket.” Yes, it is true, and I do not know why the historians have left this very important, Dutch-inspired negotiation tactic out of the history textbooks. So, while you have been taught that TR negotiated with other countries with the ever-present threat from a large military force, Teddy […]

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Grumpy-Approved Pastry: Holiday Almond Bars

My mom made these a couple weekends ago, and I cannot stop thinking about them. These bars are the closest thing to the taste of banket, without the work of actually having to make banket. Don’t let the holiday name fool you; these are “Anyday” bars in my book. I highly recommend! Ingredients •1 cup […]

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