Sezen is dedicated to all things that enrich our lives.  Life is wonderful! (You should try to say this out loud at least once a day.)  Through this site I am taking time to explore all of those amazing details about daily life that make it better, everything from Grandma’s Classic Cabbage Burger recipe to new technology.  My hope is that as the site grows, there will be a little something for everyone.

“Sezen” is derived from my name, Sarah Elizabeth Franzen.  As the tagline suggests, “enhancing the flavor of life,” it is pronounced “season.”   I was born and raised in Western Nebraska but currently live in New Jersey with my fantastic husband Matt, young girls L and C, and parakeet Audrey.  I enjoy art, music, nature, film, photography, great food, new ideas, creative projects, and finding joy in unexpected places.

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  1. Posted on Sara T’s face book page regarding the Classic Cabbage Burgers. … 1963 or 1964 .. 11 years old. Went to boy scout camp in Lincoln. Me, Dave P, Robert P, Les W, Bob B, John Z and a couple other who’s name now escape me. Late at night .. Robert P and John Z escaped … or lets just say they went on an excursion. Just down the street from the camp in Lincoln was the one and only Orginal RUNZA Place. And they would get a bunch and bring them back. Couldn’t get enough of them. However, living in Friend being young Lincoln was a long ways away. SO …. around 1970 I started making my own Runza’s … Everyone loved them … Funny thing is the recipe for the Classic Cabbage Burgers is the exactly the same as the one I made up. Only one difference .. I used frozen bread dough, thawed it, let it rise and rolled it out. 2008 … Look up Lincoln’s Runza place on the internet. Found they .. well sort of expanded. Tried to order a shipment on line. Nebraska Dept of Ag does allow them to ship out of state. 2011 .. Return to Nebraska to vist parents in Lincoln. Went to the mall .. RUNZA Place .. Yea .. but they were not the ones I remember. Visted Friend … Visited the litle Deli thing that once was a laundry mat owned by Art D. Menu … Runza’s … There’s were exactly like the ones I made and the ones in your attached article. AWESOME…. But I knew there was going to be a problem with the name as the Coroporation that ownes RunZa owns the rights to the name and we well know for keeping anyone from calling anything they served RunZa. 2012 returned to Friend … went back for a RunZa … Name was changed. Guess they got Lincoln’s Runza company’s rath for the name. Anyway … Having said that .. I’m getting hungry and gotta find something to eat. Thanks, all!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story, Steve. This is a great cabbage burger recipe and by far my most popular post. I wish there were more places to buy them outside of the Midwest. But as long I have time to make them, homemade is always the best; and using the frozen dough helps speed up the process. All this talk is making me hungry too. I’m going to have to make them again soon! Thanks again.

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    I thank you for the Barkeeper’s Friend solution. The stuff coating the interior of the dishwasher is the same stuff that causes plugs in the pipes that run along under my lawn to the large sewer pipe. I had done various experiments on large chunks of it while my guys were doing the plumbing repair, with no luck at all. So running a load of Barkeepers Friend through periodically should also keep those huge clogs from forming. I was actually about to put buy a new dishwasher on my list of things to do. Thanks!

    1. You’re welcome, Mara! I’m so glad it’s working for you and saved you from having to buy a new dishwasher!

  2. Hi Sarah, I’m a first timer for your site. I chuckled when I read the article on BKF. I use it on my copper bottom pans also, but your Mother’s pans are exactly like the one’s I have used since we were married. Next year will be 50 year’s. You are correct, BKF is awesome! Thank you for a little walk down memory lane.

    1. Dear Cindy,
      Welcome! Those Revere ware pots and pans are the best! I have purchased others and even received some different pans for our wedding, but I keep coming back to mom’s old set. They just don’t make ’em like they used to 🙂 Congratulations on your upcoming 50th anniversary. What an accomplishment and blessing. I’m sure you have many stories and beautiful memories. Many the next years be the best years yet!
      Thanks for visiting and Many blessings to you!

  3. Hi Sarah,
    I found you on Pinterest, through your fidget blanket post. My Mom passed almost five years ago of dementia and how I wish I had made one for her.
    As soon as I saw your picture I immediately recognized you. I had the pleasure of chatting with you at Wegmans one day! You were with your adorable girls.
    Best of luck with your blog, I hope to see you again at Wegmans and will be sure to introduce myself.
    Warm wishes,

    1. Dear Mary,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I am so sorry to hear that you had to endure the trials and heartache of your mother’s journey with dementia and passing. Going forward, I think I will make more blankets to donate in honor of those we have lost. It is such a struggle, and often times we can feel out of control and helpless. I think that’s one of the reasons that I like this idea so much. It provides a tangible way to show our love and support to those going through this time; that they are still on our hearts and not alone nor forgotten.
      Please do say hello the next time you see me at Wegmans! 🙂 It is my favorite grocery store!
      Thank you again, and many blessings,

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