Saturday, October 24, 2020

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

A Good Week, Despite it All

It has been a wonderful week or so of delicious food, music, and a documentary.Although it has not been exactly like Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things” in The Sound of ...

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

One Short Paragraph, One Short Paragraph,

Some friends recently offered me a pound of freshly picked shiitake mushrooms for $8 a pound. I asked if I could get two. So this is a very short column, so I can give you two mushroom soup...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Feeding a Crowd During a Pandemic

Feeding small groups of people during the pandemic is a problem.For our fundraiser for Democratic candidates (you just knew I was a Democrat, didn’t you?), I decided to make...

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

Two Sweet Recipes for Cold, Dark Nights

My friend Nancy hates it when it gets dark in the evening. She doesn’t care much for snow, either. We talked this morning and she said she had to turn on the heat last night. In the middle...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 24, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Something Sweet at the End of the Day

Even though it’s late September, I’m not really ready for fall. And maybe that’s why I somehow managed to miss the last of this season’s peaches at my local farmstand....

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

Same Ingredients Flavored by New Inspiration

My eating patterns have changed over the past six months. During the shelter-in-place phase of the pandemic, I looked at my freezers and pantry and began using up what was in there, many of them...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 10, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Summer Will Soon Be a Memory

By the time you read this, Labor Day will be a memory—a fond one, I hope. School may be in session for some of us. More of us, I hope, may be back to work.We will still be using our...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 03, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Most Delicious Dinner I Ever Made

Last week I made the most delicious dinner I’d ever made.And it was the easiest.And it was so satisfying that no dessert—ice cream, cookies, cheesecake, or crème...

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

Loving Eggplant in Every Way Possible

Last weekend, between cooking (more basil pesto and the Coca Cola chocolate cake), reading (finally finished Scott Turow’s The Last Trial), or watching television (not much left now except...

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

Just the Best Summer Ever

Do you remember Willard Scott from the Today show? I saw him a few years ago at a Sunday brunch at the Saybrook Point Inn. I always liked his birthday wishes to anyone over 100 years, sponsored by ...

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

Welcoming Company

It was a nice week with more company at home in four days than I had in the last four months.Tuesday evening, I had five friends for dinner. We are all good friends, all five from Lyme, and ...

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

The Joy of the Summer Season

I still haven’t had an ear of sweet corn, but the farm stands do seem to be doing well this year.Last week, I took home several kinds of green beans, lots more basil, and two...

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Life & Style • Published July 30, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Tomatoes Before Sweet Corn

It was a nice week: a little rain, a lot of sunshine, my first trip to the beach, and low humidity. One evening, friends and I had dinner at a restaurant outside under a big tent, and listened to...

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

Summer’s Flavors Saved for a Full Year

I am amazed how much friends have managed to get tasks done during this pandemic isolation. My friends the Fitzgeralds’ garden looks like something out of a French painting, with pots of...

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

The Great Smells

of Summer

Last week my friend Judy called and asked if I’d like to pick basil. It couldn’t have been a better time, since I had just one packet of pesto in the freezer, left over from last...

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Life & Style • Published July 09, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Fun With Dips

Last week, on Facebook, a friend sent me a terrific party idea that had me dreaming about how much fun it would be.In a dining room (my friend says it is not her dining room table), someone ...

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

Delicious, Easy to Make, One Bite Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Well, summer is here, but it doesn’t seem as if the music is “Under the Boardwalk” or “Polka-Dot Bikini.” At my local beach, weekends will only be open to...

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

When Sharing a Meal is Sharing the Love

The drive back from Rochester was uneventful, but on the way I realized that I had driven 13 hours in the past 30 hours. It was a lot of driving for me. I got home around 5 p.m., boiled some ziti, ...

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Life & Style • Published June 18, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Counting the Losses, Hoping for Change, Grateful for Family

It had been a sad week for Minneapolis and the rest of the world. On Sunday, as much of American knows, the week ended with a peaceful marches. Mine ended at our local high school.And, of...

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Life & Style • Published June 11, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Wonderful Week for Filthy Sexy Mush

Oh, my, it was a long-overdue restaurant week and perhaps it will never be a forever restaurant week. But those restaurants lucky enough to have an outdoor space may now see our faces, and we...

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Life & Style • Published June 04, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Sunny and Mild and Time to Break out the Grill

This was a rather lovely week, sunny and mild. I actually spent an hour on a beach chair on the patio, reading and watching the birds on my feeders.I thought I had seen a Baltimore oriole,...

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Life & Style • Published May 28, 2020 12:01 a.m.

When in Doubt, Hit the Reset Button

I grew up in a house where, if something needed fixed, my mother called someone. My brother also grew up in the same house and, generally speaking, he didn’t learn how to fix things, either....

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

Enjoying All the Days of May

It is May, right?May usually means lots of sunshine and warm evenings, but we’ve had quite a bit of cold weather, too.Still, it is my favorite season of all, because trees are ...

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

Seven Weeks, And Counting

Yesterday, I drove to BJ’s and Stop & Shop.I was out of tomatoes and bananas and wanted a rotisserie chicken. I still had toilet paper, but was down to two boxes of Kleenex and...

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Life & Style • Published May 07, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Cookies Well Worth the Wait

Okay, as I write this, I am home for the sixth week.Each day seems a little easier.I like my condo.I love my cat (although I miss my Elderlee, who died in December).I...

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