Friday, July 30, 2021

A La Carte

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

On Being Imperfect and a More Perfect Recipe

First of all, let me tell you, once again, that I am far, far from perfect. Now, I could pretend that the mistake in Lois Porter’s recipe for macaroni salad [July 8 column “Losing a...

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

So, So Good and Good for You, Too

Todd Lyon, restaurant reviewer, food writer, all-around great person and fashionista from New Haven used to love a breakfast that might have included cereal, toast, pancakes, fruit juice, and the...

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

Losing a Brother, Gaining a Friend

I haven’t really talked to you all about my drive to Pittsburgh for my brother’s memorial service.He was my only sibling. Now I am only one. But all my nieces and nephew were...

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

Like Salad, Only Better

By the time you read this, my CSA (community-supported agriculture) will be well underway.Sweet corn will be a few weeks away (usually the Connecticut’s first sweet corn comes from...

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Life & Style • Published June 24, 2021 12:01 a.m.

It’s Farmshare Season

I don’t know about you, but I bought my CSA (community-supported agriculture) in December.Remember December? Joe Biden had been elected in early November. We knew two COVID vaccines...

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Life & Style • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Mac n’ Cheese, with a Side of History

A new documentary from Netflix called High on the Hog tells the story of enslaved people who tried to keep their own lives and traditions alive along with their culinary journey.In ...

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Life & Style • Published June 10, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Works Every Time

I have had the requisite failures in the kitchen, and they may have been legion, but one I particularly remember happened decades ago.It had to do with baked beans.We lived in our...

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Life & Style • Published June 03, 2021 03:40 p.m.

Get the Fat Ones, While You Can

I had promised to send you my friend Stacie’s flan recipe, but time, as it so often does, got away from me last week.Perhaps I was dreaming about a book I just finished reading,...

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Life & Style • Published May 27, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Perfect Weather, Wonderful Food, an Afternoon to Remember

Years ago my husband and I would charter a sailboat in the Caribbean for a week in the winter. The mornings were cool. It was warm and cloudless in the afternoons, and then, out of nowhere a...

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Life & Style • Published May 20, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Hummers, Given One Last Chance, Belly Up To The Sugar Water

When we had our house on Old Lyme, we fed all our outside wildlife.In terrible weather, I went out into the screened back porch and fed all the creatures out of 50-pound sacks of wild bird...

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Life & Style • Published May 13, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Discovering Hidden Treasures

I used to write about the surprises I often find in my garage freezer. I used to call it Lee’s Freezer Diary. The truth is that if I kept a diary, perhaps there wouldn’t be surprises,...

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Life & Style • Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Wild About Rhubarb

I am wild about rhubarb.I once had wonderful friends who had an enormous rhubarb patch. When they were younger, they would bring arms full of the ruby and green fruit to me so I could make...

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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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