January 25, 2020
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Nibbles: Winter is Here

Published Jan. 16, 2020 12:01 a.m.

On a recent morning, I looked outside, saw it was snowing, and decided I would not be going out because I have a new ...

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Nibbles: Pigs in a Blanket

Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I went to a New Year’s Eve party and the hosts, accomplished cooks who love food as much as I do, asked me to make pigs in a blanket.

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Nibbles: Purple Sweet Potatoes

Published Dec. 12, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I made roasted vegetables for my daughter-in-law’s Thanksgiving dinner when I visited in Massachusetts, and,...

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Nibbles: Daddy’s Noodle Bar

Published Nov. 28, 2019 12:01 a.m.

On the way home from getting my Costco card in East Lyme recently, I stopped for takeout from the pretty new restaurant in the old location of Five Guys.

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Nibbles: The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion

Published Nov. 07, 2019 12:01 a.m.

In many cookbooks and food magazines and newspapers, authors often assume a knowledge or jargon or technique many...

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Nibbles: Slicing Apples

Published Oct. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This is my favorite season. I love to bake and I love apples and pears. I make pies and tarts and cakes and I am...

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Nibbles: Zaro’s Bread and Pastry

Published Oct. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I have to be fairly bored to read the supermarket tabloids front to back, but I do take a look so I know when the specials begin.

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Nibbles: Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Published Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Am I the only person who cannot successfully open a can of sweetened condensed milk with a handheld can opener? I...

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Nibbles: Ninja Pro

Published Oct. 03, 2019 12:01 a.m.

About three years ago, wrote about the Ninja Pro, which I had bought because my friend Ralph Turri raved about it. Just in case it was not everything he said it was, I never got rid of my blender.

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Nibbles: Parthenon Diner

Published Sep. 19, 2019 12:01 a.m.

People may say it is just a diner, but diners make me happy.

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Nibbles: Roasted Tomatoes All Winter Long

Published Sep. 05, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I wrote about roasting tomatoes three years ago, but maybe you forgot. Just in case, we have less than a month...

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Nibbles: The Impossible Burger

Published Aug. 29, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I do love a good burger. I like to know that the ground beef I buy at the supermarket does not come to the...

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Nibbles: Four Ways to Eat Sweet Corn

Published Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I am old school when it comes to sweet corn—it needs to be field-fresh, husked quickly, dropped in boiling water for three minutes, and eaten right away with butter. I don’t even use salt.

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Nibbles: A Tomato Festival

Published Aug. 15, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I promise you that, come winter and spring, the only time I will talk about tomatoes is when I am making a casserole ...

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Nibbles: Local Tomatoes

Published Aug. 08, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My friends with vegetable gardens say the tomatoes are late this year. I wonder if that is true or if they are just...

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Nibbles: Blue Bunny Mini Swirls

Published Aug. 01, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Over the past few weeks, while recovering from an operation, before I got my appetite back, my daughter did...

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Nibbles: Field View Farm Ice Cream

Published July 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

On a trip to Griffin Hospital in Derby, I saw a large farm and a small sign that said “ice cream.”...

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Nibbles: Vanilla Extract from Scratch

Published June 20, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Over the past six months, I have been peering at the outside of a quart-sized blue Mason jar. The jar has 20 fresh...

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Nibbles: Café Routier

Published May 02, 2019 12:01 a.m.

After I bought my ticket to see Amazing Grace, an Aretha Franklin documentary showing at the Madison Art Cinemas, my friend Nancy got a reservation at Café Routier in Westbrook, for after the movie.

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Nibbles: Easter and Passover Candy

Published April 18, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Both Easter and Passover call for candy. There are chocolate bunnies and jelly beans for Easter, and chocolate-covered marshmallows and chocolate

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Nibbles: Los Charros Cantina

Published April 04, 2019 12:01 a.m.

When the chef/owner opened The Essex just over a few years ago, he learned that his special Mexico Thursday Night...

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Nibbles: Edible Straws

Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My friend Shelby recently told me she and friends went to a restaurant and their cocktail stirrer was a piece of...

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Nibbles: Little Pub

Published Feb. 21, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Over the years, I have watched any number of restaurants open, then rapidly disappear in the location where the Little Pub now lives.

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Nibbles: Better Than Bouillon

Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

When I made my chicken Provençal a couple of weeks ago, I noted that the recipe called for two cups of wine as...

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Nibbles: Healthy-ish Coke

Published Jan. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I quit smoking almost 30 years ago. I have never been crazy about alcohol. I am pretty old, and I have no vices....

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Nibbles: Paying it Forward

Published Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My husband and I went out for breakfast every single weekend, sometimes Saturday and Sunday.

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Nibbles: How to Make Bread Pudding from Leftover Panettone

Published Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I believe that all chefs should put bread pudding on the menu. You can add almost any flavor to a custard, use most...

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Nibbles: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract

Published Dec. 06, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I have no idea why the price of pure vanilla extract has ballooned. I used to buy a large bottle at BJs for around...

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Nibbles: Ready, Set, Cookies

Published Nov. 29, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This might be a good time to buy what you need for your holiday baking. Buy the best you can afford. I have at least ...

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Nibbles: Chicken Livers at The Hideaway

Published Nov. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

While running some errands recently along the shoreline, I decided to grab a sandwich at The Hideaway in Old Lyme....

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