Dessert: The Final Flourish

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Spring and summer bring a multitude of occasions for great desserts. (Courtesy Christy Rost)

The dessert course goes by many names – a pudding, the grande finale, la piece de resistance – but no matter what one calls it, I’ve always believed guests may not remember what they had for dinner, but they always remember the dessert!  A beautifully crafted dessert can elicit oo’s and ah’s from family and guests, and let’s face it – every cook and chef lives for those moments when time and effort in the kitchen are rewarded by smiles, gasps of surprise, and words of appreciation.  There’s little doubt those reactions influenced my passion for creating desserts that look as fabulous as they taste, and so I began my career in the kitchen at the tender age of twelve by baking a lemon meringue pie.


Gendercide Exhibit Represents 120M Missing Women

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(Courtesy of Gendercide Awareness Project)

A gallery filled with thousands of baby booties — each pair unique in material, color, and patterns — has the power to flood visitors with delight.

But when the 12,000 baby booties each represent 10,000 missing women around the world, the result presents a much more sobering experience.

“You can’t turn away from the fact that these booties represent human beings: mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts,” Gendercide Awareness Project vice president June Chow said.


Leah Still to Headline Heroes & Handbags With Her Mother Channing Smythe

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Leah Still  and Channing Smythe

Leah Still and Channing Smythe

Leah Still, the daughter of Channing Smythe and NFL star Devon Still, will headline the 12th Annual Heroes & Handbags event on March 31 at the Ritz Carlton.

Heroes for Children is a nonprofit that provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer.

In 2015, four-year-old Leah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma stage 4 cancer and given a 50 percent chance to live. Today she has been cancer-free for more than a year. Now Leah and her family are on a mission to help other families with children battling cancer.


HP Boys, Girls Look to Extend Playoff Run

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The Highland Park girls are still undefeated, and show no signs of slowing down during the playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Highland Park girls are still undefeated, and have shown no signs of slowing down during the playoffs. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The high school soccer playoffs will continue with area-round matchups on Friday, with the Highland Park boys and girls among those looking to stay alive.

The Lady Scots (21-0) kept the unbeaten record intact with an easy 5-0 victory over Longview Pine Tree in the Class 5A Region II bi-district round last week.

HP, which has outscored its opponents by a combined 104-6 this season, will take on Carrollton Creekview at 6 p.m. Friday at Lake Highlands. The Mustangs, who finished second in District 13-5A during the regular season, slipped past Frisco Lone Star 1-0 in their playoff opener.

On the boys side, the Scots (12-8-1) rallied last week to beat Pine Tree in a shootout in their first postseason game since 2013. They advance to face Frisco Wakeland at 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson High School.


Police Reports: March 20-26

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: FAKE DOUGH TAKES THE CAKES

Two $50 bills used to purchase four cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Oak Lawn Avenue turned out to be nothing but fakes. At 4:30 p.m. March 30, a woman used one counterfeit note to purchase two white chocolate cakes for $7.98 and then another to buy two more cakes, one lemon, the other carrot, also for $7.98.

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Shot: A French door. The  small caliber bullet shattered most of the glass, leaving a hole in the trim and providing entry to a home in the 4300 block of Arcady Avenue between 11:45 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Taken: $100,000 in jewelry and other items.

Removed: Three copper downspouts, two 8-foot, the other 10-foot, from town homes in the 4600 block of Abbott Avenue between noon and 3 p.m.


Lady Scots Take Silver in Home Meet

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Despite a strong relay performance, Highland Park was the runner-up in the team standings at the Tracy Wills Invitational. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Despite a strong relay performance, Highland Park was the runner-up in the team standings at the Tracy Wills Invitational. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park won four events but finished second behind Garland in the team standings at the annual Tracy Wills Invitational meet on Saturday at Germany Park.

Maddy Stephens earned a gold medal in the 400, and also was part of winning relay quartets in the 4×400 and 4×800. Grace Watts won the 300 hurdles and was second in the 100 hurdles. Grace O’Keefe placed second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

Other individual medalists for the Lady Scots included Margaret Petty (discus), Abbey Govett (long jump), Edie Terrell (pole vault), Anna Clark (100 hurdles), Mary Kemp (400), and Olivia Conner (300 hurdles).


Highland Park ISD Names Dr. Geoffrey Orsak Executive Director of the Moody Innovation Institute

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Dr. Geoffrey Orsak

Highland Park school officials announced the appointment of Dr. Geoffrey Orsak as executive director of the Moody Innovation Institute.

The institute, which is currently in the design and planning phase, will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education in HPISD. It will be funded by a $5.8 million grant that the Moody Foundation gave to the Highland Park Education Foundation in August 2016.

Orsak is the former Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.


Dallas Junior Forum Luncheon To Feature Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

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Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Dallas lifestyle expert, author, and philanthropist Kimberly Schlegel Whitman will provide the keynote address at the Dallas Junior Forum 40th Anniversary spring luncheon at the Belo Manson April 26. WFAA’S Jane McGarry will serve at mistress of ceremonies.

“Kim Whitman represents a new generation of volunteers involved in service to others,” luncheon chair Mary Cartwright said. “Her giving spirit matches Dallas Junior Forum’s mission to benefit children, families and the elderly in need in the greater Dallas area.”


Scots Shut Out North Forney Twice

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Highland Park has started fast in District 15-5A play, including two shutouts against North Forney. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park has started fast in District 15-5A play, including two shutouts against North Forney last week. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Stellar pitching by William Adair and Grant Kipp led Highland Park to a season sweep of North Forney in District 15-5A action last week.

The Scots (11-9, 3-1) won 3-0 on March 21 behind a one-hitter from Adair, and then took Friday’s rematch 2-0 as Kipp allowed just three hits.

HP has already pitched three shutouts during the first two weeks of district play, with Adair surrendering no runs and three hits in his last 14 innings. The Scots will travel to face West Mesquite on Tuesday, then will host the Wranglers on Friday.