Winter Doldrums

January 31, 2018

At this time of year I want to lay on the couch with a blanket, watch TV and eat things. I don’t do well in winter. We do have some outings planned, but a trip to warmer climes isn’t for a while yet and in the meantime I’m cranky. So when the temperature actually rose […]

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To GMO or Not to GMO

January 24, 2018

In a perfect world all of our food supply would be organically grown and free from genetic modification. It’s quite obvious we don’t live in a perfect world and most of us would prefer not to think about where our food actually comes from; the images of factory farms and dying bees is the stuff […]


Grand Canal Anniversary Tour

December 30, 2017

While in Venice we arranged for a guided tour of Basilica San Marco and the Ducal Palace. Unfortunately no photos are allowed inside the Basilica. Laura, from Venice with a Guide, expertly guided us through the must-see sights, insuring we saw the Basilica under illumination, which made the gold ceilings shimmer. 31 years to build […]

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Harry’s Bar

December 28, 2017

I try not to be an Ugly American when I travel. I learn a few phrases, I am polite, I smile. I have few expectations, as I know full well things will be different in a foreign country. It was Christmas night in Venice, and we’d reserved at Harry’s Bar, probably one of the most […]


Venice for Christmas

December 27, 2017

Our anniversary falls during Christmas week, and we like to plan a getaway to celebrate. This year, knowing we didn’t have any Christmas plans we decided to spend the holiday in a place we’d both wanted to visit but had not yet gotten to; Venice. I booked the airline and the lovely Hotel Palazzo Abadessa, […]

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Caveman It Up

December 20, 2017

A holiday meal should be extra special, and for those of us who happen to be carnivorous nothing beats a gorgeous rib roast. I bought the prime rib pictured from the meat department manager at Market Basket, who was kind enough to have it cut just for me. He asked how many ribs I’d like, […]


And the Party Continues

November 28, 2017

You all know I’ve been celebrating my 60th birthday since about mid-summer. The actual date was Thanksgiving, 11/23 and the dance party was the night after. And what a great birthday celebration it all was. Having my brother from another mother, Mark, and his wife Jan here for the holiday was so special and I […]


As the weather cools I look for soul satisfying soups and stews to take the chill off and to use available seasonal ingredients, especially fall crops like leeks. I am a big fan of leeks. Yes, they can be a pain to clean, but they make everything I do with them better. I use them […]


For the Love of Pumpkin

November 1, 2017

I keep reading articles about people being “pumpkin-ed out”. That’s just heresy. Fall wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin. I will say that I believe Starbucks has changed the recipe of their pumpkin spiced latte, which in my opinion is not as good as it used to be. But that won’t make me break up with […]


The Hurting Time

October 11, 2017

I just read a wonderful novel called The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I read a passage that was so insightful, so appropriate for anyone experiencing grief that I felt the need to share it with all of you. We are all reeling from another mass casualty event, 58 people dead and scores injured; […]