September 24, 2014
The last party for my boules group took place at the Van Over/Martel home in Chester and, if there were a way to give awards for over-the-top food, the hosts would win in a landslide.
September 17, 2014
On one my husband's and my vacations, maybe 20 years ago, while driving from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma, we stopped for coffee and I picked up a free weekly (the best finds on vacation) and saw these two recipes for biscotti. I've been making them ever...
September 10, 2014
As I write this, I sit at my computer and gaze through the window. It is the day after Labor Day. I read The Day half an hour ago and scanned one of the first-page articles about the crowds at Ocean Park in New London. For many people, summer is over.
September 3, 2014
I can't stay away from farmers' markets. Last week I stopped for the first time at Becky's in Waterford. Becky herself was there, and we talked for a while. Afterward, I bought pounds and pounds of zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, garlic, and more.
August 27, 2014
By the time you read this, I will have hosted the first dinner party in my new home, a lovely condo in Groton. Selling my house wasn't easy; it was a very old house with too much land and too many bedrooms and bathrooms. But sold it finally did.
August 20, 2014
I love The New Yorker for the superb political articles, "The Talk of the Town," the smaller pieces from Hendrick Hertzberg, the biting-but-on-the-mark film reviews by David Denby, and the three or four articles each year by Tad Friend, Patricia Marx,...
August 13, 2014
As of the beginning of August, we have just three more boules parties. For our league, this is the end of the summer. Altogether, we play eight times and party eight times, although many of us have courts and know how to party with or without boules.
August 6, 2014
Due to my recent move, I missed a bit of New England deliciousness over the months of June and early July. I didn't taste one strawberry or have a moment to make a sweet pea soup. In fact, it was almost a month before I found the box that held my silverware.
July 30, 2014
My daughter, Darcy, arrived on July 12, after finishing a course in Boston. She took Amtrak to New London, but instead got off in Mystic, since New London was expecting thousands of visitors that weekend for Sailfest. We went to my new house, where she had half...
July 23, 2014
When my friend Linnea, executive chef at the Bee & Thistle Inn, and I talked about what she would make for her upcoming boules party, she said she was thinking about lasagna Bolognese. It can be made ahead of time and baked just before dinner time, usually...
July 16, 2014
A couple of Sundays ago was the second of our boules parties, and it was at the Bee & Thistle Inn. Because I can't host, I have begged to bring food to everyone's party. Linnea of the Bee & Thistle asked if I would bring biscotti. Unfortunately, my...
July 9, 2014
This is fried green tomato time.
July 2, 2014
For me, the summer has definitely begun. I've been to the beach three times-this is my new beach, on Eastern Point in Groton. It is just five minutes from my new condo. There are lots of parking places, the full season pass is just $10, and there is a snack...
June 25, 2014
My kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen, even if it's not like the one I had before.
June 18, 2014
A few weeks ago I a red-letter day, the most recent in a series of red-letter days. What made it special was that Jared Nixon, my friend, boules partner, and terrific guy (would that he be two decades older), came to my new condominium, took out his tape...
May 28, 2014
I'm not ready to begin grilling, since I may be without a home for a little while. My new house does have its own grill, but I might be too busy to figure out how it works and, more important, whether there is enough in the propane tanks to finish whatever I...
May 21, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I cooked for three couples who had bid (and won) an auction item (dinner and wine at my house) at Chocolate to the Rescue in February. I had explained to the event organizer that I would be moving from my house to a condo by the end of the...
May 14, 2014
Sometimes I think no one likes to go grocery shopping as much as I do. I always go with a list, but sometimes I actually make the list while I'm parked in the lot of the supermarket.
May 7, 2014
I have a fondness for Saveur magazine, but I do miss Colman Andrews and his crew of superb writers. Then again, I'm getting older (okay, I'm old), and perhaps it's time for a new, younger group of food writers. In either case, Saveur made the...
April 30, 2014
A few Sundays ago I had friends over for make-your-own pizzas. In addition to a gigantic salad with blue cheese dressing, there were lots of toppings: caramelized onions; sautéed mushrooms; broccoli florets parboiled in water for a couple of minutes, then...
April 16, 2014
Last week I took one of my favorite salads to a potluck dinner: wedges of iceberg lettuce dribbled with blue cheese dressing and topped with cherry tomatoes and crumbled bacon. (Truth be told: we all brought a little of something, but Joan herself made an...
April 9, 2014
The last week of March was pretty fun. I went to see Rush with my friends Ralph, Rich, and Craig at the Garde. This was probably the best of the best car-race movies I'd ever seen, and to see this action movie on the new, incredible sound system at our...
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