Deb’s Childhood – Revisited

November 20, 2017

Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again”. His experience was vastly different from mine; his protagonist’s town turned against him. My house just got smaller. Still, it held stories and memories, which I won’t share here but choose to hold back for possible eventual blackmail purposes. My darling husband wanted a surprise birthday experience […]

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Mussels and Carrots and Leeks, Oh My!

November 8, 2017

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 […]

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Wicked, In a Good Way

November 1, 2017

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 95, but she left us at 87. Having a Halloween birthday was always good for witch jokes, broomstick as mode of transportation, and just calling her scary in general, which wasn’t far from the truth. She had a wicked sense of humor, in every sense of […]

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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 […]

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Irreverence and Sarcasm

October 26, 2017

Some of us were lucky enough to see the humorist David Sedaris at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford last week. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but unlike my companions on this night it was the first time I’d ever seen him live. And while his books are brilliant I enjoy listening […]

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The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]

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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; […]

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Big Head Todd and the Monster Mussels

September 27, 2017

Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]

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My New Gig

September 20, 2017

I still read the local newspaper. Daily. Cover to cover. Well, I scan the sports section for items of interest and for enough info to be dangerous (or to be able to fill in a sports-related crossword clue). As a foodie I always looked forward to the Wednesday food pages, and for many years a […]

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World’s Largest Paella Pan

September 13, 2017

I now own the world’s largest paella pan. Well, technically, not. There are bigger, but I don’t know how anyone could lift them when they’re full of food. This puppy is 24” across and takes up 4 burners of my 6-burner stove. It’s awesome. I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my […]

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