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AUTUMN PICKS

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Nothing says fall like cider donuts, apple picking and, of course, hard cider. And Hick’s Orchard is the place where all three autumn classics can be found, purchased and consumed. Hick’s hard cider is sold under the Slyboro Ciderhouse name with offerings that run the gambit from bone-dry to dessert-wine-sweet. After consuming enough-cider-donuts-to-feed-a-small-country just a few donuts, my friends and I made our ... Read More »

WHEN PIMPED IS PUNK’D

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Note to self:  Never start thinking you are too cool. After declaring my utter joy at driving Monster Jeep, the swing up and into the driver’s seat, the rumble to life, and the ever so distinctive entrance into traffic, I started to notice that shifting was becoming increasingly difficult.  “Turn the car off, and it will slide right into gear,” ... Read More »

BACK TO SCHOOL, AND TO THE KITCHEN

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The return to school for me is also a return to the kitchen.  Summer starts great, but I tend to lose steam after things heat up, preferring whatever for a meal.  How tepid! Fall puts us back on a regular schedule, and that includes more regular visits to the grocery store, and predictable times to return home at the end ... Read More »

GUILTY PLEASURES

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I recently discovered cookie butter from Trader Joe’s.  That’s right. Cookie butter. They suggest it being delicious on a number of things (hello waffles!) but I find that it’s fabulous off a spoon while standing in-front of the fridge at 2 a.m. Fortunately, my roommate doesn’t like it, thus leaving more for me. On closer examination of that previous sentence (and ... Read More »

MY LAST MEAL ON THIS PLANET

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Ending my series of blogs from Ireland, I wrap with the final thoughts from our return flight home.  We are a highly distractible family, admittedly.  Okay, not my siblings and all, but me and my husband and kids, yes. A favorite line from The Holy Grail that personifies us, at the Bridge of Death while facing the Gorge of Peril:  ... Read More »

BLUEBERRY DAYS

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There’s a story I read or heard once about the actor Liam Neeson (he of the unmistakable voice and beautifully craggy face): When he was growing up and feeling maudlin, his mother would tell him to go outside and split some wood. And sure enough, having completed a useful task and worn-out by physical activity in the fresh air, the ... Read More »

“ANOTHER COOKBOOK???”

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“But this one is great, honey!” Yes, admittedly, the combined weight of my extra cookbooks and old cooking magazines collapsed the top of our pantry.  In response, I meticulously picked through the magazines, saving recipes I wanted in a a surprisingly organized manner.  The rest went in the recycling, along with one or two cookbooks I could bring myself to ... Read More »

BALANCING RIGHTS TO CONFIDENTIALITY

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A blog about food and wine… and controversy? Why not?  If you can’t discuss controversial themes while sharing a glass of wine and some appetizers, well then will you just talk about the weather? Who has the right to keep information confidential? Edward Snowden – love him or hate him?  While you might expect me, a hopeless leftie college professor ... Read More »

BEST CITIES ON THE PLANET?

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What are your all time favorite cities? Boston and DC on the east coast rate highest for me.  San Fran knocked my socks off out west. But Madrid…  Madrid holds a special place in my heart. De Madrid al cielo!  From Madrid to heaven!  That was the marketing slogan in place the first time I went to live in Madrid. ... Read More »

HOW WE MOURN

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On May 4th, my grandmother passed away. It does blunt the edge of my sadness a bit to realize (and be grateful) that she was a strong, vital presence in my life for over 30 years.  She was not a vague idea of “grandmother,” but someone I knew and loved and respected. As happens after a death, there are details ... Read More »

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