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Life & Style



She’s in Love

Published Jan. 18, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Okay, here I go: I am loving my Instant Pot. It is a rice cooker, a slow cooker, and a pressure cooker that can also make yogurt, porridge (like oatmeal), cheesecake or crème brulee, and, what most chefs feel is the most perfect thing of all, make a perfect egg.

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Nibbles: Hash House A Go Go

Published Jan. 04, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A few weeks ago, eight of us went to Mohegan Sun to watch the UConn women’s basketball game against Oklahoma.

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Nibbles: How to Slice a Cheesecake

Published Dec. 21, 2017 12:01 a.m.

At a glorious Christmas party hosted at my friend’s house this year, I sat while others plated desserts in the kitchen.

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Nibbles: Ghiradelli Cocoa

Published Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I pulled out my recipes for biscotti, getting ready to make batches for the holidays. Then I realized I was out of...

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Nibbles: Aspen

Published Nov. 30, 2017 12:01 a.m.

It had been a long week, although that sounds pretty silly, since all weeks are pretty much the same. But when...

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Nibbles: Maple Breeze Farm

Published Nov. 23, 2017 12:01 a.m.

When my editor, Pem McNerney, wrote about Maple Breeze Farm in Westbrook, I asked her if they might have lard, also...

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Nibbles: Pittsfield Rye Bread

Published Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 a.m.

There are so many great new products these a days in the supermarket. There are so many types of lettuces other than iceberg.

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Nibbles: Breyer’s Delights

Published Nov. 09, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I like ice cream, but I can buy it, toss into the freezer, and pretty much forget that it is there. Half a cup is...

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Nibbles: Hughie’s Love Salad

Published Oct. 19, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Hugh Devlin died at age Monday, Oct. 9, at the age of 87.I don’t remember the first time we went to...

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Nibbles: Too Many Tomatoes?

Published Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

As I was visiting my friend Joan Gordon in the hospital, we started kibitzing about cooking.

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Nibbles: Rustic Café

Published Sep. 28, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Phew! It is almost Columbus Day weekend and that means we locals can pretty much count on the fact that I-95 is almost tourist-free. Of course, that doesn’t count the closed lanes and insane traffic, but I remain hopeful.

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Nibbles: Ready-to-go Garlic

Published Sep. 21, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Yesterday I wanted eggs with onions, garlic, and tomatoes. I was very hungry and didn’t want to go to the trouble of peeling all of that garlic.

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Nibbles: Garlic Bread with Eggs, Tomato

Published Sep. 14, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Here is one more meal to make with fresh local tomatoes:Cut a loaf of very good bread into 1-inch thick...

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Nibbles: Everything but the Bagel

Published Sep. 07, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I went to Trader Joe’s with a friend a couple of weeks ago. She was willing to wander through the aisles, so...

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Nibbles: Zyliss 3-Piece Knife Sets

Published Aug. 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

In less than two years, I have lost two paring knives. One went into the sink disposal with fruit peelings; the...

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Nibbles: Sweet Corn = Gold

Published Aug. 03, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Sweet corn is here.

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Nibbles: Stuffed Squash Blossoms at Alforno

Published July 27, 2017 12:01 a.m.

There are certain dishes you rarely see on restaurant menus. I remember when I ate my first stuffed artichoke at a...

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Nibbles: The Stand

Published July 20, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I follow food and chefs, as long as they don’t move too far away. So, when I found out that Jeff Renkl, a...

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Nibbles: Duke’s Mayonnaise

Published July 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I still follow Bill Daley, the restaurant reviewer who left The Hartford Courant and now is a food writer at the Chicago Tribune.

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A Must-See: Oriental Bar & Grill

Published June 29, 2017 12:01 a.m.

My friend Joan said I had to see this new place in Uncasville. She hadn’t tried the food yet and...

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Nibbles: Crepes at Turtle Cafe

Published June 22, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I think the last time I’d been at Turtle Café was in 2014. I had been dying for the crepes, but they...

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Nibbles: S&P Oyster Co.

Published June 08, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Had it been two decades since I’d been to S&P Oyster Co. in Mystic? On the other hand, had I ever been...

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Nibbles: Firebox

Published June 01, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I am sorry that Firebox is all the way up in Hartford because I rarely go to Hartford. But after watching a movie...

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A Little of This, A Little of That Leads to Perfect Beef Stew

Published May 18, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This Forgiving Recipe Lets You Get it Just Right

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Nibbles: Rhubarb

Published May 04, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Am I the only person who loves to get to the movies early, just so I can watch the trailers? In fact, I wish that...

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Nibbles: Christy’s

Published April 27, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Last week I had a 9:30 doctor’s appointment in Middletown, a biannual checkup I look forward to because I...

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Nibbles: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale

Published April 20, 2017 12:01 a.m.

It was the first glorious day in April and I decided to take a drive toward Old Saybrook. I took exit 67 and had a...

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Nibbles: Somewhere in Time

Published April 13, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Where in time had I been, I wonder. Over the years, friends have told me about breakfast and lunch at Somewhere in...

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Nibbles: Going Bananas

Published April 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Even though there seem to be lots and lots of cookbooks, there are not the same they were years ago.

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Nibbles: Bialys

Published March 23, 2017 12:01 a.m.

What is better than a bagel? For me, it is a bialy.

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