Wednesday, May 05, 2021


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

Nibbles: If You Liked Bennie’s...

If you loved the grinders at Bennie’s Farm Market in Centerbrook, which is now closed, and if you don’t mind taking a drive, I have a tip for you: check out Hartford Giant Grinders...

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

Nibbles: Dunkin’ Avocado Toast with Everything BTB

On my way to friend’s home last week, I forgot to take my house-made iced coffee. Because I left it in the kitchen, I stopped at Dunkin’. While waiting behind the three cars in front ...

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

Nibbles: ShopRite’s Creamer Potatoes

I have been buying these tiny potatoes, usually from a company called The Little Potato Company’s Terrific Trios. They are called creamer potatoes. Yes, they are more expensive than big...

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

Nibbles: Alforno

I so miss going to a restaurant for dinner. By the time you read this, I will have gotten my first vaccine dose and, by the middle of February, I will have had my last. My first stop? Alforno in...

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

Nibbles: Fruit Flies, Begone

Why would I have fruit flies in my kitchen when it’s January and there are no over-ripe fruits or vegetables here? And yet, there they are. One of my friends from Facebook said she had them,...

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

Nibbles: Instant Read Thermometer

When I am grilling beef on my Weber, I don’t use an instant-read thermometer. I like steak really rare and I use the flesh between my forefinger and my thumb as a reference to figure...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Tea Kettle

I have lived on the Connecticut shoreline for decades and food has been my wheelhouse since the mid-70s, but I still get thrilled about new things, even in this pandemic.One is the Tea...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Milton’s Cauliflower Pizza

I rarely buy supermarket frozen pizza because I live in an area where terrific pizza is a few minutes’ drive, or even a phone (or text) away. Most frozen pizzas leave me cold.A $2-...

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

Nibbles: The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

As I drive along our beautiful shoreline, my thoughts are sometimes drawn inland, particularly this time of year. Soon, apples will be everywhere, along with cider and cider donuts. I opened...

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

Nibbles: Amy Schumer Learns to Cook

Oh man, this somewhat-Renaissance woman (comedian/actor/writer/director/producer/mom/wife/cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York) really doesn’t know how to cook. Good thing Amy...

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

Nibbles: Lindy’s Homemade Italian Ice

Last month, one day, I could not eat anything for more than a day due to a medical procedure. While is isn’t a big deal, I hate the fact that I can’t eat, so I was on the lookout for ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: More Than One Way to Cook Corn

I am a purist when it comes to sweet corn. I only buy sweet corn from a farm stand when it is absolutely local and, ideally, harvested that day. I don’t husk it until the water is boiling....

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

Nibbles: Kuchenprofi Tweezer Tongs

I love watching people using chopsticks when cooking in their kitchens. I guess I wasn’t alone. Sohla El-Waylly, associate food editor at Bon Appetit, has been using foot-long tweezer tongs ...

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Life & Style • Published July 23, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Goldbelly

I cook, I read, I watch television. After watching Somebody Feed Phil, he tasted Montreal bagels. I remembered having bagels in Montreal maybe two decades ago. They look like bagels because they...

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

Nibbles: Freshly Ground Beef, Shop-Rite

Many of us are in summer mode, grilling outside in yards, on patios, and in porches. My go-to favorites for grill season, even with all the fancy recipes in all the food magazines, are burgers and,...

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Life & Style • Published July 02, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Jack Rabbits, The Rabbit Hole

I had an appointment in Old Saybrook at 10 a.m., and I wasn’t ready for breakfast before I left the house. When my appointment was done, it was too late for breakfast and too early for...

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Life & Style • Published June 25, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Somebody Feed Phil

Am I the only one watching way too much television? Well, maybe not as much as my daughter and her husband, both of whom are working at home. We talk every day, usually, and usually about food,...

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Life & Style • Published May 21, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Whole Belly Clams

A Facebook note from Rhonda Depsey, co-owner of Sneekers, about a Friday-night special of whole belly clams, got me very excited. For me, spring isn’t spring until I have eaten whole belly...

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Life & Style • Published May 14, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Whisps

I have known Jerry Fischer for many, many years. He is my go-to person when our local school superintendent asks me for the dates of Jewish holidays so we don’t scheduled meetings on those...

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

Gefen Organic Red Beets

There are people who love beets and those who loathe them. This is just for those who, like me, adore them.I was invited to a very small dinner party at friends in Griswold. I was asked to...

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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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