Thursday, December 02, 2021


Life & Style • Published Nov. 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Asparagus at ShopRite

I like to shop, but clothes shopping (especially during the pandemic) bores me. On the other hand, I love to shop for food. On the shoreline, I will often go to the Big Four (Stop & Shop, Big...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Book Barn

Does everyone on they Connecticut shoreline know about the Book Barn? They should. The original is in Niantic and consisted of one big room and lots and lots of little ones full of books, books,...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Haywire Burger Bar

Earlier this month, we tried to decide where to have a casual dinner. We were in Madison in three separate cars; two of us would be driving north on 95. We wanted burgers, so we followed each...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Southwest Chicken Salad at Chili’s

Having been away for a little over a week, regular errands pile up. After a late morning meeting in Old Saybrook (and forgotten to eat breakfast, again!), I stopped at Chili’s on my way...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Edd’s Place

I often have mid-morning appointments. If I don’t have breakfast, by the time my appointments are finished, I need lunch. One day, I was in the mood for a fish sandwich, but it was a little ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Griffin Garden Market

Many, many years ago, I found a gas station in Clinton with a sign that said “pies.” And the owner of the gas station made the pies. Maybe the best pies ever. And then, one day, it...

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Life & Style • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Breakfast at the Parthenon Diner

After the washout that was Memorial Day weekend, I did my errands early on a recent Saturday morning so I could spend a beautiful afternoon at the beach. My errands included some that took me to...

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Life & Style • Published June 10, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

I used to like to make fun of counter-top appliances. We really have everything we need in most kitchens: stoves with an oven and pots and pans, I said. But then came the latest and greatest in...

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Life & Style • Published May 27, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Uncle Maynard’s Pepper Relish

On a recent Friday night I went to the First Friday celebration at the Shennecossett Yacht Club. Even though I no longer have a boat, I love their Friday Nights and, as we all know, these, too,...

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Life & Style • Published May 13, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Kokomo’s Restaurant and Beach Bar

Late last summer (or maybe early September) friends suggest we go to Kokomo’s for a Sunday brunch. I lived in Old Lyme for more than a decade and I never went to that restaurant. It was...

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Life & Style • Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Spring Radishes

Looking back to when I was a kid, my parents ate things I couldn’t stand: grapefruit, cabbage, lox, raw onions, and radishes. I particularly did not like radishes. Today I like raw or...

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Life & Style • Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: If You Liked Bennie’s...

If you loved the grinders at Bennie’s Farm Market in Centerbrook, which is now closed, and if you don’t mind taking a drive, I have a tip for you: check out Hartford Giant Grinders...

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Life & Style • Published April 15, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Dunkin’ Avocado Toast with Everything BTB

On my way to friend’s home last week, I forgot to take my house-made iced coffee. Because I left it in the kitchen, I stopped at Dunkin’. While waiting behind the three cars in front ...

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Life & Style • Published March 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: ShopRite’s Creamer Potatoes

I have been buying these tiny potatoes, usually from a company called The Little Potato Company’s Terrific Trios. They are called creamer potatoes. Yes, they are more expensive than big...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Alforno

I so miss going to a restaurant for dinner. By the time you read this, I will have gotten my first vaccine dose and, by the middle of February, I will have had my last. My first stop? Alforno in...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Fruit Flies, Begone

Why would I have fruit flies in my kitchen when it’s January and there are no over-ripe fruits or vegetables here? And yet, there they are. One of my friends from Facebook said she had them,...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Instant Read Thermometer

When I am grilling beef on my Weber, I don’t use an instant-read thermometer. I like steak really rare and I use the flesh between my forefinger and my thumb as a reference to figure...

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

Nibbles: Tea Kettle

I have lived on the Connecticut shoreline for decades and food has been my wheelhouse since the mid-70s, but I still get thrilled about new things, even in this pandemic.One is the Tea...

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

Nibbles: Milton’s Cauliflower Pizza

I rarely buy supermarket frozen pizza because I live in an area where terrific pizza is a few minutes’ drive, or even a phone (or text) away. Most frozen pizzas leave me cold.A $2-...

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

Nibbles: The Apple Lover’s Cookbook

As I drive along our beautiful shoreline, my thoughts are sometimes drawn inland, particularly this time of year. Soon, apples will be everywhere, along with cider and cider donuts. I opened...

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

Nibbles: Amy Schumer Learns to Cook

Oh man, this somewhat-Renaissance woman (comedian/actor/writer/director/producer/mom/wife/cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York) really doesn’t know how to cook. Good thing Amy...

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

Nibbles: Lindy’s Homemade Italian Ice

Last month, one day, I could not eat anything for more than a day due to a medical procedure. While is isn’t a big deal, I hate the fact that I can’t eat, so I was on the lookout for ...

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

Nibbles: More Than One Way to Cook Corn

I am a purist when it comes to sweet corn. I only buy sweet corn from a farm stand when it is absolutely local and, ideally, harvested that day. I don’t husk it until the water is boiling....

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

Nibbles: Kuchenprofi Tweezer Tongs

I love watching people using chopsticks when cooking in their kitchens. I guess I wasn’t alone. Sohla El-Waylly, associate food editor at Bon Appetit, has been using foot-long tweezer tongs ...

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

Nibbles: Goldbelly

I cook, I read, I watch television. After watching Somebody Feed Phil, he tasted Montreal bagels. I remembered having bagels in Montreal maybe two decades ago. They look like bagels because they...

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