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PURL ONE, KNIT ONE

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I can distract myself a thousand different ways depending on what actually needs to get finished. Paperwork for barVino? I guess I should clean. Vacuuming and mopping on the to-do list? Then obviously I need to organize the kitchen pantry instead. Piles of laundry to iron? Definitely time to start test baking desserts for the restaurant.  Need to get back to writing ... Read More »

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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This is not the all-inclusive list of my favorite things (which would include reading in bed with a cup of coffee, reading in a hammock with a glass of wine, reading, coffee and wine). Rather, it’s a list of my favorite kitchen things. Sharp knives are a must, obviously. But I don’t have any pots with fitted lids (I use a sautée ... Read More »

MAPLE SYRUP & COCKTAILS

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I have written about Bixby’s Best maple syrup before – in Sauced in New York’s earlier incarnation on the Times Union website – but with sugaring season upon us once again, it seems a fit topic to return to as material for this blog. After all, what says spring in the Adirondacks better than maple syrup? Well, other than a ... Read More »

COME ON AND TWIST

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More and more of the wines that I serve at my restaurant barVino are arriving in twist cap format. Pascal Jolivet’s Attitude Sauvignon Blanc seems to switch each vintage, arriving one year in the more traditional cork format and the next showing up in my wine cooler with a twist cap. Recently, the Milbrandt Merlot switched it up. As did the Ca’Donini ... Read More »

YOU SPIN ME ROUND

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Last night, I watched Almost Famous for possibly the 20th time. There are too many great moments, lines and songs to mention in this post, but I will remind you of the scene where William’s (Patrick Fuget) sister Anita (Zooey Deschanel) leaves him a collection of records under his bed with a note attached to one of them that reads “Listen to ... Read More »

RELUCTANTLY IN THE HELICOPTER

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The epithet that no parent wants thrown his or her way:  “Helicopter parent!” I have to confess I am an unwilling helicopter parent.  I never asked for this, and I rail at being forced into the role. I come from a generation where parents NEVER hoped to be their children’s best friends.  Parents were generally supportive of their high school ... Read More »

TRANSFORM MY WORLD

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Each and every time I attend the national convention for foreign language teachers, or ACTFL, I go into it saying “This is my last year… this is such an expensive event.”  Grumble, grumble. Each and every time I leave that same ACTFL convention, I am energized and motivated, filled with exciting new ideas to bring to my classrooms, my department ... Read More »

OHHHH, DISTRACTIONS

So this is what is distracting me lately – Digital Storytelling.  It’s like taking blogging, and then adding visuals and audio files, and BAM! You have a Digital Story that should make the listener/viewer feel.  It is a lesson in editing.  Most Digital Stories are 200 words or less.  Ask my mom how hard that is – editing supreme! Here ... Read More »

THE ART OF THE DRINK

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I’ll admit that I’m the first person to fall for a good cocktail. All that artisanal mixology stuff? Love it. Homemade bitters, aperol, muddled herbs and veggies? Sign me up. Here’s the thing (or things): I love the artistry and ritual. But speciality cocktails are also gonna run somewhere between 10 and 20 dollars (depending in which zip code you ... Read More »

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