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Ready for its Dinner-Party Debut

 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.

About That Corn and Those Tomatoes

 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,...

Perfect Persian Rice

 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.

Worth the Wait

 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.

Dinner is a Family Affair

 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...

As Promised...Chicken with Wine and Capers

 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...

The Perfect Dessert

 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...

Fried Green Tomato Time

 July 9, 2014

This is fried green tomato time.

A Tasty and Light Chicken Dish

 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...

Luscious Lemon Cake

 June 25, 2014

My kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen, even if it's not like the one I had before.

A Meal Fit for a Homecoming

 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...

A Savory Delight

 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...

Succulent Shrimp

 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...

Ready for Rhubarb

 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.

Worth a Revisit

 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...

Your Go-to Pizza Recipe

 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...

Two Great Salad Dressings

 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...

Just in Time for Passover Seder

 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...

Ruby’s Molasses Cookies

 April 2, 2014

Like my own mother, my mother-in-law, Ruby, didn't find much to love about cooking. Unlike my mother, though, Ruby cooked dinner every night for her family. (My mother, as I have mentioned before, worked in our retail store and we had a housekeeper/cook six days...

Not Your Mother’s Marble Cake

 March 26, 2014

In the den, on a table, sits my mother's recipe box. It sat, full of recipes, many indexed alphabetically, on every kitchen table I remember as a child. Some of the recipes are in her handwriting. Many were clipped from magazines and newspapers, then taped to...

Bounteous Beef Bourguignon

 March 19, 2014

For four days I spent a great part of each day at Mohegan Sun, watching almost every game played by the women's basketball teams now comprising the new American Athletic Conference. I have to agree with The Day's Mike DiMauro, who said in his March 11...

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