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Life & Style • Published July 13, 2022 08 a.m.

If You Don’t Like The Heat

I have been to the beach exactly three times since the end of May, each time for fewer than an hour and a half. One day it was blistering hot and humid.As much as I like summer, I really...

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Life & Style • Published July 07, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Heavenly Ice Cream, Lickety Split

In the early ‘80s, I bought an ice cream maker called a Lickety Split. It was all plastic, except for the two bowls, which were maybe aluminum or stainless steel. It costs around $25 and it ...

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Life & Style • Published June 30, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Fruit Desserts For All Summer Long

‘Tis the season for fruit and fruit recipes.Here are some you might enjoy.The first is easy and it comes from Karen Valente.Cut watermelon from its rind, taking care to ...

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Life & Style • Published June 23, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Inspired by Summer

Oh my, last week we experienced some perfect summer days, even if it was still spring.It was on-and-off sunny, humid, with a soft breeze.I was inspired by the weather and so...

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Life & Style • Published June 16, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Summery Shrimp Salad

After a recent quick trip to Dallas for a wedding, I got home, I unpacked, I played with the cats, and then finished a book before falling asleep. I slept until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Then I drove to...

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Life & Style • Published June 09, 2022 12:01 a.m.

An Upgrade to Airline Food

When it comes to my daughter, I used to be the one taking care of her.Now, more often than not, she’s the one taking care of me.I think that’s pretty nifty.When...

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Life & Style • Published June 02, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Having Friends for Dinner?

My friend Lian Obrey wanted to invite some friends to dinner and she asked if I could teach her a couple of dishes. Of course, I said, I would.This is one of the recipes I am giving her,...

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Life & Style • Published May 26, 2022 12:01 a.m.

It’s Chicken Again

I spent a lot of time behind the wheel of my car recently, mostly running errands, not long distances.While my husband and I frequently went out for breakfast, now that I am husband-less,...

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Life & Style • Published May 19, 2022 12:01 a.m.

In Praise of Gadgets

I have a friend who asked me why she should keep her large Cuisinart food processor. I literally blanched.Of course you keep your kitchen tools because you should be using them enough so...

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Life & Style • Published May 12, 2022 12:01 a.m.

I Wish It Was Summer Right Now

When I was little, my mother used to call me Sarah Bernhardt. I had no idea who Sarah Bernhardt was. She told me Bernhardt was a famous actress in the early 1900s. I think she might have been...

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Life & Style • Published May 05, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Something Sweet and Tart for Mother’s Day

After all the recent holidays and religious observations, including Easter, Passover, and Ramadan, some of us might have, at one point or another, eaten a bit more than usual.Sure, there...

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Life & Style • Published April 28, 2022 12:01 a.m.

When You’re Craving Something Sweet

What a weekend! The weather was gorgeous so I thought I would go get some flowers to plant in my tiny front yard and some flowering plants to place where my bird feeders help my feathered friends...

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Life & Style • Published April 21, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Salad to Celebrate Spring

It is a glorious day today. With not one cloud in the sky, Alexa says it will be close to 60 degrees. (Actually, I am looking out the window of my office and I don’t need Alexa to tell me...

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Life & Style • Published April 14, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Making Way for Summer’s Bounty

I have spent the past few weeks with friends, first watching the Oscars. The following Friday, we watched UConn ladies in the Final Four.On Sunday, I watched them alone.Sigh.I ...

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Life & Style • Published April 07, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Getting Along Like Cats and Dogs

It was an interesting week.I had my two cats to keep me company, along with an adorable French poodle, Gaston. Gaston’s person, Jacques, was away visiting friends in California....

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Life & Style • Published March 31, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Month of Solemn Observations, Followed by Food, Festivities

Oh my, it is April already, which means that Ramadan starts soon, and that Easter and Passover are on the way.Ramadan begins Friday, April 1 and is marked by those who observe it with a...

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Life & Style • Published March 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

When Inflation Catches Up with You

Ah, inflation.I recently was craving a pot roast and spotted a lovely fat chuck roast. Before I put it into my cart, I saw the price.$31.No.I looked again.Yup,...

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Life & Style • Published March 17, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I had such a fun weekend watching the UConn women play basketball at Mohegan Sun. And as I write this column, the final game is tonight. I have my fingers crossed.My friends Sue and Karen...

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Life & Style • Published March 10, 2022 12:01 a.m.

This Chicken Dinner Was Truly a Winner

Almost eight years ago, I sold my big old 1690 cape and moved to a condo. And while I miss the house, without my husband, who died in 2009, I couldn’t keep up with the what an old house...

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Life & Style • Published March 03, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Stop Wailing. Start Baking

All winter, friends have been wailing about winter. When will it be over? Will summer ever come? Others complain about the cold. Some have slipped on ice.For me, winter on the Connecticut...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Recipes Like This Give Me Absolution

I recently made a flan and it almost did not end well.I hadn’t made it in a while, but at one point way back when, years ago, I made it so much that when I went back to it, I...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 17, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Delicious Dessert for Some Very Organized Hosts

I am going to a dinner party in Madison for about a dozen people at the home of some friends who just moved into a new house a few weeks ago.Ah, moving.The last time I moved, it took ...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 10, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Spicy Soup for a Snowy Day

What do you do on a day when there is nearly three feet of snow on your front door?Eat, of course.During the recent big snowstorm, I had to ask myself, “Is there enough food...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 03, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Tiramisu for Valentine’s Day

I turned into the full driveway at my daughter-in-law’s house. It looked like a party was in progress with four cars. Mine made five.As got out of the car, I grabbed a couple of...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 27, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Sometimes the Weather Does Cooperate

I used to wonder about people who won’t go out if the weather is crappy, especially if it is snowing. I grew up where there is snow most days from mid-November until the end of March. I...

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