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Bracing for the Tide

Brace yourself, the tide is coming. If you live in a populated area and have a short drive-way, there are waves of anxious candy-seekers headed your way on the 31st. So how can you prepare for the rush? A hefty stash of Halloween candy is a good start, and plenty of coffee to keep you […]

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Hanging On To Summer

Sometimes we hang onto things for too long. Like those Italian wafer cookies we received as a house warming gift two years ago that we feel bad tossing. Or our beloved VHS copy of The Sandlot we’re afraid to ditch even though we sold our VCR more than a decade ago. But other things are […]

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Steak Gets a Sidekick

Every great food has a dependable sidekick to rely on. Spaghetti without meatballs would just be a slippery pile of bland cooked grains. Without jelly, peanut butter would glue your mouth closed. Chips without salsa would just be jagged tortillas that would cut your mouth if you aren’t careful. And without fries, a burger would […]

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Where Meat Dreams Come True

Around this time each year I develop an obsession with authentic barbecue food. I have dreams of meats slow cooking for hours over aromatic wood piles – which either makes me a dedicated foodie or means there is a Labrador Retriever somewhere in my family tree. Fortunately, a friend’s recommendation turned my dreams into reality […]

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Holiday Spirits

Most would agree the best part of July 4th is when your neighbor, with no discernable background in pyrotechnics, sets up a backyard fireworks display for the ages. Somehow the flimsy cardboard box full of loose fireworks nearly matches the Boston Pops once lit. Even long-time favorite apple pie begrudgingly tips its crumbly pie crust […]

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Leisure in Litchfield

Siblings are great for a number of reasons. They always laugh at your hilarious impersonations of your parents’ annoying habits. And if you have an identical twin you can switch places to take difficult exams. Most importantly they split the cost of gifts for your parents’ birthdays and other parent-centric events. But every once in a […]