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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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NIbbles: Sift

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

When I visit in Mystic, I spend a good amount of time at Bank Square Books, often buying greeting cards. Many times...

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Nibbles; Pancakes and Maple(ish) Syrup

Published Oct. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I have just finished reading John Sandford’s latest thriller, Holy Ghost. Sandford has two protagonists,...

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Nibbles: Baking Tips for the Holidays

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

My condo kitchen is way smaller my old house’s kitchen. When I sold the house, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. But here are some things that don’t take up a lot of space:

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Nibbles: New Haven

Published Oct. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A good friend of mine grew up Italian in New Haven, and she suggested that five of us go to an old-fashioned, red-sauce restaurant in New Haven favored by her family.

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Nibbles: Lodi Apples?

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

I love having a meal at Libby and Lee’s house in the summer, especially when Libby’s garden is filled...

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Nibbles: Dinner Cake at 2Wives

Published Sep. 27, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Because I am an unsupervised adult, I will anything for dinner, if it speaks to me. Last week I needed a wedge salad ...

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Better than Store-Bought

Published Sep. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I was in my very early 20s when hippiedom began. I worked in a microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School before the university began teaching medical students and before the hospital opened.

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Nibbles: Black Hall Grille’s Wedge Salad

Published Sep. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A group of us decided to try the food at the Black Hall Grille in Old Lyme. The restaurant has had a number of...

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Nibbles: PG Tips

Published Aug. 30, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I have been a coffee drinker for a long time. And for 40 years, my husband and I drank French Market coffee, which I order directly from the company.

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Nibbles: Egg Bread at BJ’s

Published Aug. 23, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I went through a long period of time when I made bread constantly. Then my husband learned how to make baguettes...

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Nibbles: Skippy with Apples

Published Aug. 16, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I have been a supermarket coupon clipper for as long as I can remember.

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Nibbles: Pick Pockets

Published Aug. 09, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Friends have been asking me if I’d gone to Pick Pockets in Groton. I hadn’t, even though it is a...

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Nibbles: Local Tomatoes and Corn

Published July 26, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I stopped recently at my local supermarket and bought those wonderful grape tomatoes ($6 a box) and two medium-sized ...

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Nibbles: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Tomato Pie

Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

This is almost better than Santa Claus.

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Nibbles: Red Hen

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago, the owner of the Red Hen in Virginia asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her restaurant. Sarah and her friends left.

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Nibbles: Scott’s Strawberries

Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

As always, I overdo when it comes to local fresh fruits and vegetables. Even though I am technically feeding only...

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Nibbles: Pure Vanilla Extract

Published June 28, 2018 12:01 a.m.

There are certain reasons I go to BJ’s.

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