Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Life & Style • Published March 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Litaly Vanilla Wafer Rolls

As soon as I bake a batch of something sweet, I taste one, and decide whether it is good enough for a column. Then, out into the world they go; those sweet things leave my house. That is also true ...

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Life & Style • Published March 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Vue24

Back when I was a restaurant reviewer for The Day, I was invited to many dinners before the restaurants were open for business. I rarely went because restaurant critics should be anonymous. Now...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 27, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Bradley & Wall

During a recent trip to Madison, my friend asked if we could stop at Bradley & Wall so she could pick up some prepared food for dinner for her husband and son. I had never heard of it, so she...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 20, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Elizabeth’s Café

I have a friend Lisa who lives in Westchester County, New York, works in New York City, and comes to Madison most weekends. With a free Friday in Madison, she asked about having lunch somewhere....

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 06, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Lunch at Costco

It is never a good idea to shop when you are hungry, especially because I am on this intermittent fasting diet. I don’t eat before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. So, there I was at Costco at noon, ...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Winter is Here

On a recent morning, I looked outside, saw it was snowing, and decided I would not be going out because I have a new car and I am treating it like a new puppy, kitten, or human baby. Once it hits...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Pigs in a Blanket

I went to a New Year’s Eve party and the hosts, accomplished cooks who love food as much as I do, asked me to make pigs in a blanket.Really?For a group of guests that included ...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Purple Sweet Potatoes

I made roasted vegetables for my daughter-in-law’s Thanksgiving dinner when I visited in Massachusetts, and, again, when I created an encore dinner two days later at my house. I tried to...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Daddy’s Noodle Bar

On the way home from getting my Costco card in East Lyme recently, I stopped for takeout from the pretty new restaurant in the old location of Five Guys. Instead of burgers on the menu, there were ...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion

In many cookbooks and food magazines and newspapers, authors often assume a knowledge or jargon or technique many don’t understand. In a recent cookbook, I ran across these: “soubise,...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Slicing Apples

This is my favorite season. I love to bake and I love apples and pears. I make pies and tarts and cakes and I am crazy about the way my house smells when they came out of the oven. But I cannot...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Zaro’s Bread and Pastry

I have to be fairly bored to read the supermarket tabloids front to back, but I do take a look so I know when the specials begin. Too many times I go to the market and realize that the deals...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Am I the only person who cannot successfully open a can of sweetened condensed milk with a handheld can opener? I use this ingredient for many dessert recipes, and I needed it for a cheesecake I...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 03, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Ninja Pro

About three years ago, wrote about the Ninja Pro, which I had bought because my friend Ralph Turri raved about it. Just in case it was not everything he said it was, I never got rid of my blender....

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Parthenon Diner

People may say it is just a diner, but diners make me happy. At a diner, I can always find something on the menu I want to eat. I never worry about getting there late, there is usually always a...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Roasted Tomatoes All Winter Long

I wrote about roasting tomatoes three years ago, but maybe you forgot. Just in case, we have less than a month before delicious tomatoes are merely a memory. The best tomatoes for roasting are the ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 29, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: The Impossible Burger

I do love a good burger. I like to know that the ground beef I buy at the supermarket does not come to the supermarket in 50-pound sacks of plastic. When I buy beef, I pick up a nice hunk of chuck ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Four Ways to Eat Sweet Corn

I am old school when it comes to sweet corn—it needs to be field-fresh, husked quickly, dropped in boiling water for three minutes, and eaten right away with butter. I don’t even use ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 15, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: A Tomato Festival

I promise you that, come winter and spring, the only time I will talk about tomatoes is when I am making a casserole or a stew. But right now, I’m all about the tomatoes, the beautiful...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 08, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Local Tomatoes

My friends with vegetable gardens say the tomatoes are late this year. I wonder if that is true or if they are just telling me that because they don’t want to share with me. Funny, they...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 01, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Blue Bunny Mini Swirls

Over the past few weeks, while recovering from an operation, before I got my appetite back, my daughter did everything she could think of to get me interested in food. Darcy cooked for me and I...

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Life & Style • Published July 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Field View Farm Ice Cream

On a trip to Griffin Hospital in Derby, I saw a large farm and a small sign that said “ice cream.” Since I was on a four-lane divided road, I decided I’d best go to my hip...

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Life & Style • Published June 20, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Vanilla Extract from Scratch

Over the past six months, I have been peering at the outside of a quart-sized blue Mason jar. The jar has 20 fresh vanilla beans in it, and the jar is filled with vodka. As much as I wanted to...

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Life & Style • Published May 02, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Café Routier

After I bought my ticket to see Amazing Grace, an Aretha Franklin documentary showing at the Madison Art Cinemas, my friend Nancy got a reservation at Café Routier in Westbrook, for...

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Life & Style • Published April 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Easter and Passover Candy

Both Easter and Passover call for candy. There are chocolate bunnies and jelly beans for Easter, and chocolate-covered marshmallows and chocolate-covered jellies for Passover.Our...

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