Kitchen

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in All Blog Posts, Food

Kitchen

Whether you love to cook, or employ the Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid only during the holidays, now is the season for sauce sorcerers, celestial bakers, and cuisine virtuosos. Who among us hasn’t relished rushing home through sleet, snow, rain or wind to savor a stovetop simmering with delectable delights? I recall one frigid evening I was caught in a Denver snowstorm with a flat tire! I had assembled spaghetti sauce the night before, and left it to simmer in a crock pot while I was at work. I arrived home – freezing, exhausted, and very late to find neighbors from across the hall outside my...

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Parisian Landmarks

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Travel

Parisian Landmarks

“…the whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music…it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years.  Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything.” James Thurber, humorist & editor of The New Yorker Splendid, sublime… majestic, monumental…inconceivable, irreplaceable…trying to describe Paris is akin to trying to consume an elephant in one bite. Impossible. The best I can do is provide tasty nibbles around the edges of this most sumptuous feast in all the world.  Last month we donned our tourista berets and skimmed the menu.  This month, we’ll try to...

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Tea

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Children, Entertainment, Food

Tea

 “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James The Portrait of a Lady Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sleet and snow, blizzards and cloudbursts envelope and surround us.  Yet the flip side to winter’s frosty coin always lands happily heads up when we can take a moment for a cup of tea.  It’s the perfect prelude for a snuggle or siesta, a game of backgammon or chess, or burrowing with a best seller by a blazing fire.  Perhaps most comforting of all, it’s an elixir for every hour – from purple pre-dawns,...

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Diet

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Food

Diet

You can’t watch tv or listen to the radio the first few weeks in January without being deluged with diet programs of every kind.  The tv show Biggest Loser promises to return “Bigger and Bolder” than ever – perhaps not the best choice of adjectives for a show on dieting. Even Jane Fonda has resurfaced in  leotard and headband to teach AM/PM yoga.  Yep, you can work out with her morning and night!  Whether you planned to get into shape or not, you may be shamed into doing so. Calorie counting is nothing new, as these 1940’s and 50’s hankies will attest, although methinks they did it with a...

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The Accidental Collector

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 in All Blog Posts

The Accidental Collector

The reasons for collecting are as varied as the collectors themselves. Some folks are accidental collectors – they inherited Aunt Ruthie’s depression glass or Uncle Bill’s antique pen collection.  For others, a hobby becomes a passion.   I know an executive with a museum quality collection of toy soldiers. “My collecting” he explained, “was accidental. I was sick as a child, and had to entertain myself while spending months in bed.” He used to keep his soldiers in shoeboxes under his bed. They now occupy an entire wall of custom built glass shelves in his office.  He has hundreds of...

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