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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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Life & Style • Published Jan. 20, 2022 12:01 a.m.

A Winter Soup Perfect for the Home Cook

As regular readers of my column will know, my first cookbook was part of the first, and only, encyclopedia set we ever ordered for our daughter. If you’re under 50 years old, I bet you not...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 13, 2022 12:01 a.m.

That Was Not the Pie I Remembered

Before I give you a recipe, the first thing I do is to make it and make sure it’s good. Then I make sure the ingredients are readily available, or that substitutes can be made easily. Then...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Sharing the Savory Bounty of Tourtiere

Before the holiday season, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, a wonderful cookbook writer who lives mostly in Maine and visits Italy often, talked about the French-Canadian tourtiere.I made it a few...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Starting a New Year Right— with Lucky Soup

Luck can be two different sides of a coin.Just a couple of weeks ago, I lost one very good friend, and another very good friend lost his mother.Just three days after that, I went to...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Christmas Traditions, Old and New

Christmas has become a quiet day for me over the years.My own daughter, Darcy, is in California with her husband. My stepchildren are all over the country and their children are, too. My...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 14, 2021 03:30 p.m.

A Roast Fit for Christmas, A Roast Fit for Christmas,

Growing up, my winter holiday didn’t include a Christmas tree with gaily wrapped present circled around the trunk, Christmas carols, or even chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Instead it...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Gifts, for You and Your Friends

Wow, has my kitchen been getting a workout.The day before Thanksgiving, I made two apple pies, two pumpkin pies, a batch of corn bread, and Asian-style green beans. The latter became just...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Two Sweet Gifts from Your Own Kitchen

A year ago, a COVID vaccine was my holiday hope to family and friends (and everyone else in the world). I think all we wanted was a vaccine that this once-a-century pandemic could be handled and...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

So Much Turkey

I hope you are having, or have had, a wonderful Thanksgiving.I was invited to a friend’s house, and I was asked to make two pies (one apple, one pumpkin), green beans, and corn bread....

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