Food: Summer sips

Despite the recent deluge that’s been keeping the sun at bay, summer’s not over yet. Since it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, I decided to have a little fun with my blender. Whether you’re mixing drinks for a party or just having a relaxing night with friends (let’s be real, who wants to deal with the mad dash to the bar and the flailing elbows that accompany Happy Hour?), here’s a few cocktail ideas to help you beat the heat this month. For those that don’t imbibe, I noted ways to make the drinks more child-friendly where possible. Peach Pineapple Boozy Slush … Read more

Aldrich presents cookbook author Tracey Medeiros

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield will be debuting a new lifestyle event series called Contemporary Social, a festive evening celebrating culture, cuisine and craft, from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 2. Tracey Medeiros, author of The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, will be the featured author at the event, signing her new book as well as The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. “Jamie Pearl, the head of special events and rentals at the museum felt that The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook and The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook would be the perfect fit for this new lifestyle event series,” Medeiros said. “In … Read more

Conscious Cook: The glory of a new year

“Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man his Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.” — Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious occasion to reflect upon the past year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge important events, and be humbled and educated by challenging moments. With the new year comes new opportunity to prepare a delicious life. While many choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a sparkling soirée or decadent dinner party, many conscious cooks choose to revel in their own kitchens. New Year’s Eve at … Read more

Food: Holiday bonding with the oven

Ah, December, a month when it seems that everyone and their mother, their grandmother and their estranged, ferret-obsessed great aunt is trying to push their festive desserts on you. I won’t lie. I’m guilty of coming into the office with a platter of cookies or small cakes to foist on my co-workers. Partially because they’re wonderful people and partially because I don’t need to have a small army of pastries hanging out in my kitchen. My younger siblings always loved it when I went through my baking binges. My brother in particular spends December eating his weight in my snickerdoodles. … Read more

Conscious Cook: Cooking up a healthy, peaceful holiday

“Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the nurse of love. Peace is the mother of unity. Peace is the rest of blessed souls. Peace is the dwelling place of eternity.” —Leo the Great Finding peace and goodwill in your heart and towards our fellow men and women can be a challenge during the holiday season. Expectation levels run so very high during these few frantic weeks and patience levels can wane amidst the cyclone of activity. Traffic congestion, long lines in stores, banks and the post office and a multitude of social gatherings can be very … Read more

Food: The feigned grain

For reasons beyond my understanding, we as a society have turned our backs on grains. It’s not a new thing, but it is becoming increasingly trendy to not only avoid eating grains like rice and bread (potatoes, while not a grain, are also a victim here) but also to create healthier, vegetable based dishes. Out with the noodles and in with spiralized vegetables. I happen to be in a very long-term relationship with bread. I certainly don’t eat mountains of it, but I could certainly see myself winding up in a fist fight with Oprah over who loves bread more … Read more

Conscious Cook: Comfort in the kitchen

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” — John Ruskin Your kitchen is a central location for preparing a delicious life. Gathering with friends and family, especially during the holiday season, allows for the preparation of great pleasure, for mind, body and spirit. I think that perhaps there is no other place in the home, that offers a more warming, cozy and loving atmosphere. During the colder months when days darken early, preparing fresh, hearty dishes from ripe and ready ingredients is a significant way to share gustatory goodness while re-establishing healthy habits. Cheerfully bubbling pots of stew … Read more

Dipping into Thanksgiving meals

Garfield is lording over 34th Street and the relatives are strolling through the front door, heaped with flowers and cling-wrapped dishes. Somewhere one of the aunts is uncorking the wine while a cousin runs to check the score of the big game. It must be Thanksgiving. So what are you bringing to the table this holiday (other than charm and charisma)? The host has the entrée set and the desserts have already been claimed (is eight kinds of pie too much for 15 people?) so what’s left? Appetizers. Now, if your hosts are anything like my host (hi, Mom), then … Read more

Conscious Cook: Pass the gravy and the gratitude

“Gratitude produces deep, abiding joy because we know that God is working in us, even through difficulties.” —Dr. Charles Stanley An entire day devoted to giving thanks — what a deeply delightful concept! The Thanksgiving holiday can be considered a true beacon of hope, reminding us all that no matter what darkness we face, there is always a bit of light somewhere, inviting us to say “thank you.” There is a great need in our world to reconnect with gratitude and recognize our blessings. Gratitude is a powerful thought process that will activate a conscious cycle of contentment. I like … Read more

Life and lo mein

There are some bonds in this world that cannot be broken. A child and his first pet, a mother and her infant, or in my case, a girl and her Chinese food. In college I had a roommate whose mother made the most spectacular lo mein. And we ate plenty of it our freshman year, mostly because it would come in multiple large containers and took up most of the space in our fridge. Lo mein makes me nostalgic for college — the late-night dance parties, laughing with friends until 4 a.m., writing papers and guzzling caffeine. Thinking back on … Read more

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