December 14, 2019
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Life & Style



Terrific Food Gifts for Family and Friends

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

Thanksgiving was lovely. I spent two days with three of my granddaughters, my son, and daughter-in-law. And I met Duke, my son’s gorgeous, sweet mule, who is taller than my six-foot, four-inch son.

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Thanks, Amy!

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

For years, when I thought of pressure cookers, I thought of food spewed on kitchen walls and ceilings.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving and Second Thanksgiving

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

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Talking Turkey (Hash)

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

Oh, my, Thanksgiving is upon us, although it is late this year. This year, we have an extra week to prepare

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Solving the Mystery of Meatloaf’s Enduring Appeal

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

A couple of Fridays ago I went out to dinner with friends to a local restaurant, something I do most Friday nights.

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A Recipe and a Restaurant That’s Worth the Drive

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

These days, I cook way more often than I go out. But it wasn’t always that way.

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In an Emergency, It’s Good to Have a Back Up

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

Last week I needed to get rid of some of my eggs and was also in the mood for something sweet.

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Cider Mills, Cider Syrup, and Cider-Braised Beef Short Ribs

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

As of early October, there was no hard frost and so my local farmstand still had tomatoes. I visited them recently and bought another $14 worth of tomatoes.

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A Real Show Stopper and Easy, Too

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

I am not sure there is anything more gorgeous than a glazed Bundt cake.

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Fall, Football, and a Cold-Day Corn Chowder

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

Have I told you before that I am in a football pool?

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Fall

Published Sep. 26, 2019 12:01 a.m.

This Tummy-Warming Soup Will Be Just the Thing to Help Us Make the Transition

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Remembering a Perfect Pear Pie (or Two)

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

Many years ago we moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut, having found an old house with land in Canterbury.

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In the Mood

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

I hadn’t used my grill since early June.

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Stuck at the Beach

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

I lost an entire month this summer, since my new hip kept me awfully close to home. But in early August, carrying my bright pink collapsible cane, my sand chair, and a towel, I set myself up fairly close to the wall at my local beach

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Butter Beans, Boules, and a Fabulous Potluck

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

For years I have been part of a big group of friends who play boules, a French game similar to Italian bocce but in a sand or gravel court using small stainless steel boules.

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Two Ways to Spice Up Your Day

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

I have two recipes for you today.

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In Praise of Real Baby Carrots

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

Okay, I am having more fun this summer than I have in at least two years.

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When Laundry, Cleaning, Errands, and Work Sound Fun

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

I’m just about back to my own normal normal: laundry, cleaning, errands, and writing.

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Happy Once Again

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

It’s Time to Celebrate Local Corn, Local Tomatoes, and a Successful Recovery

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A Summer Treat That’s Beyond Delicious

Published July 11, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I don’t love pickles. Every once in a time, when I am in a real Jewish deli, like Crown in West Hartford, I will buy pastrami, corned beef, some chopped liver, and one or two half-sour pickles.

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Springtime Wishes, Summertime Soup

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

When I was little, I couldn’t wait to be older.

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Another Great Way to Use Local Lettuce

Published June 27, 2019 12:01 a.m.

My first visit to pick up my CSA was on a warm, pretty afternoon.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Strawberry Style

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

I recently saw online a photograph of lettuce at Cole’s Farm in Madison.

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Planning for Some Recovery, Rest, Relaxation

Published June 06, 2019 12:01 a.m.

For the next four weeks, I will be cooking even more than usual, because at the beginning of July, I will get a new hip.

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A Wonderful Recipe for Cod

Published May 30, 2019 12:01 a.m.

While fall and winter have their attactions—including comfort food served with a side of a good book and purring cats in front of the hearth—the middle of May is when I begin to feel truly alive.

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Food for Overnight Guests

Published May 23, 2019 12:01 a.m.

These are Two Great Go-To Dishes for Celebration Season

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When You Have a Closet Full of Pasta

Published May 16, 2019 12:01 a.m.

When I moved from the 1690 house in Old Lyme (six bedrooms, four bathrooms, plus a couple of outbuildings) to a condo with no attic, no basement, two bedrooms, a couple of bathrooms, a galley kitchen, and a living room/dining room), I swore I would never buy a single thing for one of those rooms until I got rid of something else.

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Dreaming of Strawberries, Making Do with Lemons and Dates

Published May 09, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Soon Enough, We’ll Have Fresh Fruit Thanks to our Local Farmer. in the Meantime ...

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Recipes Inspired by a Seder

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

A couple weeks ago I attended a Passover Seder that, like most Seders, was mostly family: parents, children, cousins, nieces and nephews, with a few friends thrown in for diversity.

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A Recipe That Could Be Difficult, Made Simple

Published April 25, 2019 12:01 a.m.

I find food ideas and recipes in the oddest places.

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