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At peace….

What exactly does that mean? My best friend’s mother is dying.  Her illnesses have won the battles and are about to win the war.  My friend and her family are there for her and keeping watch while this wonderful woman, who I too called “mom” slowly gives in to this consuming monster. Every day, Shell and I email back and forth.  She gives me the sad updates and I keep her entertained as best I can, with stories of my…

What is a Charcuterie?

Can you pronounce that word?  Do you know what it is?  Let the education begin… According to Merriam Webster, charcuterie is a noun, char·cu·te·rie  \ (ˌ)shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē \ and is defined as a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes; also: the products sold in such a shop. Many weekends, regardless of the season, Chip and I look to have a light fare lunch or mid-afternoon snack to compliment the wine that we so long to consume on these lazy afternoons. A…

Kitchen tools: need or obsession?

Hey, far be it from me to lecture about too many kitchen tools. I have drawers of them.  That being said, it is time to purge.  As I face an empty nest and the possibilities of downsizing from this oversized, family-size house, I feel the need to evaluate my kitchen tools and see what’s what.  What will be going with me to the next stage when I am cooking for two? I was in Williams Sonoma recently in search of…

Ode to Kate…

I think we could all use a little levity. Between the snow looming over the northeast and our bodies longing for flip flops, sunshine and warmth, we all seem to be in need of something lighthearted, perhaps silly?  I think I can help, and so can Kate. About a month ago I wrote a post entitled, They have a personal trainer for that?  The topic was about bladder issues, prolapsed bladder, fallen pelvic floor, however you wish to call it. The…

It’s going to snow…

Not exactly unheard of in upstate New York.  After all, it is March and Mother Nature rarely feels the need to permanently give into Spring this early. She can be very prickly. So far today, I have been to the gym, the market, the dry cleaner and Starbucks and all everyone is talking about and frankly, complaining about, is this pending snow storm. I work from home, yet I cannot escape 'business meeting chatter' by phone and email about possibly…