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Life & Style • Published March 14, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Edible Straws

My friend Shelby recently told me she and friends went to a restaurant and their cocktail stirrer was a piece of pasta. I looked into it and found that many restaurants in Europe have been doing...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 21, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Little Pub

Over the years, I have watched any number of restaurants open, then rapidly disappear in the location where the Little Pub now lives. The difference, as I watched the contractors work, was the...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Better Than Bouillon

When I made my chicken Provençal a couple of weeks ago, I noted that the recipe called for two cups of wine as the braising liquid. Instead, I opened a little jar of Better Than Bouillon...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Healthy-ish Coke

I quit smoking almost 30 years ago. I have never been crazy about alcohol. I am pretty old, and I have no vices.Except for soda.I love soda, and used to drink so much Coca-Cola that...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Paying it Forward

My husband and I went out for breakfast every single weekend, sometimes Saturday and Sunday. We often sat at a counter and got to know most of the waitstaff and many of the customers, too. After...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: How to Make Bread Pudding from Leftover Panettone

I believe that all chefs should put bread pudding on the menu. You can add almost any flavor to a custard, use most any carb (like stale bread, the idea for which bread pudding is derived, to...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 06, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract

I have no idea why the price of pure vanilla extract has ballooned. I used to buy a large bottle at BJs for around $10. Then it went to $28. Now it is not even on the shelves. Since mid-November I ...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 29, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Ready, Set, Cookies

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 8 half-sheet baking pans and have learned that cheap ones will turn your bars,...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 08, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Chicken Livers at The Hideaway

While running some errands recently along the shoreline, I decided to grab a sandwich at The Hideaway in Old Lyme.As I perused the menu, I noted a couple of Oktoberfest offerings, including ...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 01, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Sift

When I visit in Mystic, I spend a good amount of time at Bank Square Books, often buying greeting cards. Many times I thought to visit nearby Sift, a bakery whose chef/owner, Adam Young, became...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 25, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles; Pancakes and Maple(ish) Syrup

I have just finished reading John Sandford’s latest thriller, Holy Ghost. Sandford has two protagonists, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers. The latter is the detective in Holy Ghost and...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 18, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Baking Tips for the Holidays

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...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: New Haven

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. We went fairly early to...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 04, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Lodi Apples?

I love having a meal at Libby and Lee’s house in the summer, especially when Libby’s garden is filled with vegetables. She always sends me home with produce or, sometimes, something...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 27, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Dinner Cake at 2Wives

Because I am an unsupervised adult, I will anything for dinner, if it speaks to me. Last week I needed a wedge salad with iceberg salad, bacon, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing. I didn’t...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 20, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Better than Store-Bought

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...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 13, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Black Hall Grille’s Wedge Salad

A group of us decided to try the food at the Black Hall Grille in Old Lyme. The restaurant has had a number of owners. I had eaten there a few times in other incarnations, and wasn’t keen...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 30, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: PG Tips

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. I still love coffee, but last year, after a...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 23, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Egg Bread at BJ’s

I went through a long period of time when I made bread constantly. Then my husband learned how to make baguettes from Chester’s Charlie van Over, who wrote a book called The Best Bread Ever....

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 16, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Skippy with Apples

I have been a supermarket coupon clipper for as long as I can remember. I love to shop for food and only once did I ask my late husband to buy something from the supermarket. What he bought I...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 09, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Pick Pockets

Friends have been asking me if I’d gone to Pick Pockets in Groton. I hadn’t, even though it is a simple right turn before I drive to my closest Stop & Shop. Last week I wanted...

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Life & Style • Published July 26, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Local Tomatoes and Corn

I stopped recently at my local supermarket and bought those wonderful grape tomatoes ($6 a box) and two medium-sized Ugly Ripe tomatoes (around $4 per pound). Tomatoes are my martinis, my red wine,...

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Life & Style • Published July 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana Tomato Pie

This is almost better than Santa Claus. Right around this time of year, for two months and rarely longer, there is seasonal (read tomato) pizza at Frank Pepe’s. While we can all discuss,...

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Life & Style • Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Red Hen

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. Whether the owner should have done that is moot, but...

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Life & Style • Published July 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Scott’s Strawberries

As always, I overdo when it comes to local fresh fruits and vegetables. Even though I am technically feeding only myself, I buy too much, make too much, and freeze too much. My friends and...

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