Wednesday, May 05, 2021

A La Carte

Life & Style • Published April 29, 2021 12:01 a.m.

One Dinner, So Many Possibilities

I woke up one recent sun-filled morning and decided that, for dinner, I wanted pasta with the basil pesto from last summer’s batch. I might have opted for a huge bowl of pasta, but...

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Life & Style • Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Finally! Once Again, the Best of Both Worlds

I have lots of friends who will not eat inside a restaurant yet, and maybe they never will. But I myself feel safe enough and want so much to help my restaurant owners and waitstaff friends. They...

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Life & Style • Published April 15, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Recipe to Celebrate Glorious Weather

There was snow recently in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and parts of Connecticut, according to friends and family who live in those places, but not here. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that ...

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Life & Style • Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Best Brisket Yet

It was such a nice seder for Passover 2021.My friend Lisa and Eric invited a small group, most of us vaccinated twice, the others soon to get their second.I hadn’t seen many...

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Life & Style • Published April 01, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Don’t Waste the Cake

I had such a lovely weekend in Newburyport, Massachusetts two weeks ago.My granddaughter Casey, a junior at UMass-Amherst, is still in on campus learning in-person, but Sydney, whose 26th...

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Life & Style • Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Still Waiting for the New Normal

I guess I thought that once I had had my second dose of COVID vaccine, plus waited the two-plus weeks to make sure I was safe from the infection and to be around people, but still safely masked...

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Life & Style • Published March 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Good People, Good Food, and Movies

This was another interesting food and friend weekend. I began the week with a cauliflower pizza, which lasted for two evenings. I also finished up the beef stew topped with some quinoa I’d...

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Life & Style • Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Looking Forward to Being With Family

I have not seen my son, daughter-in-law, and their three grown daughters since Thanksgiving of 2019. I missed another Thanksgiving, Christmases, Greek Easters, and many birthdays.But Sydney,...

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Life & Style • Published March 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

How Do You Like Them Apples?

This was another fun food week.I am, as I mentioned before, tired of my own food. With few exceptions, I am eating my own food almost every day since the end of last March. Oh, sure, some...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

More Sweet Potato Love

I was so thrilled with the roasted sweet potato pie I made last week, that I decided to use sweet potatoes again for a recipe I found in a magazine, almost two years old, I was about to toss....

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Using the Power of Food to Connect, Share, and Enhance

To celebrate February’s Black History Month, I got a chance to make a new recipe, the Civil Rights Spiced Sweet Potato Pie featured in a recent edition of Yankee magazine....

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Celebrating Diversity with Some Good Old-Fashioned New England Pies

Even though I was born in New York State, and went to college there, too, I have always considered myself a New England girl.My husband and I met in New York City and we lived in New Jersey ...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Has It Really Been 11 Months?

The pandemic has certainly made my days and weeks disappear. Has it really been almost 11 months since our children went to school? Before last January, remote learning, Zoom, and masks were not...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Yearning for Two COVID Vaccinations, Plus a Side of Savory Muffins

I hope, by the time you read this, I will have an appointment for my first and maybe even for my second COVID vaccine.I can’t wait.But, honestly, it’s confusing....

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

When All Else Fails, Cook

During the holidays, I found myself in the middle of one of the most boring weeks ever.There were few UConn basketball games because it was the holidays. My New England Patriots were not...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 07, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Getting Hands-On with Scones

It was a bit of a sad holiday season. I shared Thanksgiving with my neighbors. They are the only people who have been invited into my condo during the pandemic, other than my daughter, the...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 24, 2020 12:01 a.m.

When Words Are Not Enough

I recently lost a dear friend. Gloria Pépin was the most elegant, funny, smart, and lovely woman I have ever known. She was also a loyal friend. For those of us who knew her, life will never...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 17, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Baking and Cooking for Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we are probably looking forward to another holiday that is different from what we might wish. In my heart of hearts, I believe that we will all be together...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Liven Up Your Latkes

My new hip is perfect. My hip has given me a new lease on life. I was on my walker for a few days, onto my cane the next week, and driving on the third.And best of all, it included a visit...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 03, 2020 12:01 a.m.

On Perfect Recipes and Imperfect Friendships

Many decades ago, we spent a New Jersey weekend with my husband’s friend, a radiologist. I call him my husband’s friend because, once my husband died, I exited that friendship...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Dinner You Really Wanted

Hip replacement surgery made for a long week.It began with a night at a motel (not exciting, honest), an early dinner (a superb turkey club salad), a not-terrific sleep, and an early shower....

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Smaller, Easier A Smaller, Easier

For years and years, many years ago, my family and my husband’s came to our house for Thanksgiving. It was a long trip for them. When the children were fairly young, we might have up to 15...

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

Chicken Soup? Make Mine Neat

Sometimes you make something so easy, and so often, you assume everyone does so, too. That is me with chicken soup. I do buy those quart-sized cartons of chicken soup for the pantry. Sometimes it...

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

A Cake For All Seasons

Sometimes I wish I had a garden, but I don’t like dirt or insects. My late husband’s family always had vegetable and flower gardens. My parents could have had a garden, but they...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Wild Election? A Pandemic? That Calls for Cake!

If there’s one thing I love better than a good contest, it’s a cake. And so, I do love the idea of an election cake contest, what with a wild election, a pandemic, and more time to...

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