Monday, January 17, 2022

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 13, 2022 12:01 a.m.

That Was Not the Pie I Remembered

Before I give you a recipe, the first thing I do is to make it and make sure it’s good. Then I make sure the ingredients are readily available, or that substitutes can be made easily. Then...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Sharing the Savory Bounty of Tourtiere

Before the holiday season, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, a wonderful cookbook writer who lives mostly in Maine and visits Italy often, talked about the French-Canadian tourtiere.I made it a few...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Starting a New Year Right— with Lucky Soup

Luck can be two different sides of a coin.Just a couple of weeks ago, I lost one very good friend, and another very good friend lost his mother.Just three days after that, I went to...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Christmas Traditions, Old and New

Christmas has become a quiet day for me over the years.My own daughter, Darcy, is in California with her husband. My stepchildren are all over the country and their children are, too. My...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 14, 2021 03:30 p.m.

A Roast Fit for Christmas, A Roast Fit for Christmas,

Growing up, my winter holiday didn’t include a Christmas tree with gaily wrapped present circled around the trunk, Christmas carols, or even chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Instead it...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Gifts, for You and Your Friends

Wow, has my kitchen been getting a workout.The day before Thanksgiving, I made two apple pies, two pumpkin pies, a batch of corn bread, and Asian-style green beans. The latter became just...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Two Sweet Gifts from Your Own Kitchen

A year ago, a COVID vaccine was my holiday hope to family and friends (and everyone else in the world). I think all we wanted was a vaccine that this once-a-century pandemic could be handled and...

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

So Much Turkey

I hope you are having, or have had, a wonderful Thanksgiving.I was invited to a friend’s house, and I was asked to make two pies (one apple, one pumpkin), green beans, and corn bread....

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

Navigating All The Different Diets

Over the last week or so, I thought about friends who are somewhat, or totally, vegetarian. A new friend is vegan; had I known that, I would not have served pasta with marinara and pepperoni. My...

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

The Last Word on Pies (for 2021)

Okay, my friend Lisa suggested I make two pies—one apple and one pumpkin for Thanksgiving.Easy peasy.Also green beans and corn bread.I also want to let you know that I...

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

It’s Time to Talk Pie

Is it too soon to talk about pie?I, myself, do not think so.Thanksgiving is just weeks away. For many years I made the crust from scratch. The best recipe was given to me by Deb...

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

A Recipe from the Past

I read in bed at night, sometimes hours before I am ready to go to sleep. I like to read long magazine articles, especially in The New Yorker. I don’t read all the articles, but I...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Now I Make Shepherd’s Pie

My husband’s parents and my own parents had a lot in common. Doug’s dad and mine were born on the same day and year, July 1, 1905. Our mothers were born on the same year. Each of our ...

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

A Time for Eating All the Vegetables

A few weeks ago, my refrigerator was filled with tomato sauces and chicken. I made a huge, seven-pound chicken, which I ate for at least five days (sandwiches, tacos, and chicken salad). As for...

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

It’s Official: Summer’s Over

Oh, summer is over when we have our last boules party.And it was a doozy, to use an old-fashioned word for an amazing get-together. We missed the entire 2020 summer, and our kickoff in June ...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

A Dinner to Make When You Have About a Half Hour

I have always assumed that people use coupons when they go to supermarkets. I am a newspaper and magazine freak, and I always clip coupons. I try to remember to take them with me, too.In my ...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Chicken Again

I had a great time on a recent trip with my daughter. We took trips to the town pool, to the Pacific Ocean, to the movies, and to a cookout. The food was fabulous, and included both tacos and...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Planning for a Welcome Home Meal

By the time you read this, I will have flown home from La Mirada, California, having visited with my daughter Darcy, her husband, and their greyhound, Whitney.Darcy was planning many of her ...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Break Out the Panini Press

One of the many vegetables I never tasted growing up was eggplant. As I have mentioned before, the only veggies I grew up with were canned green beans, canned peas, and canned corn. We...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

What a Nice Week

It was a really nice week.One of my oldest childhood friends, Rosalie, visited. We ate lobster rolls, grilled steaks, sweet corn, and a big salad. The next night we had pizza and Coca-Cola, ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, and Even More Tomatoes

A couple of weeks ago I went to a small party at Washington Park in Groton. It was held outside in one of a half dozen “cabins,” each of which have concrete floors, a few dark-...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 19, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Two Soups for Summer

I do my best to avoid I-95 on summer weekends, but so far I have been disappointed with my local farm share. No tomatoes, no corn, and almost 80 percent of what it’s offering isn’t...

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

A Dessert Like an Island Paradise

At our first boules game in late spring, we played at Stacie and Tim Boyd’s house in Old Lyme. It wasn’t the first game since last year, of course; we’d missed all of last...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 05, 2021 12:01 a.m.

How Could I Resist?

The isolation caused by the pandemic, almost a year, actually, didn’t bother me as much as those who had to fill supermarket shelves, teach children at home, or who lost a job. Because I...

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

A Fruit Dessert, for Now and for Later

I have, in my Kindle, at least four sample books waiting for me to read. No matter the weather, I probably read four to five hours a day. But at night, in bed, I read recipes. When I find...

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