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If you are going to make an apple crisp…

…then make it right, make it rich and eat it. Enjoy it without guilt or remorse for that diminishes the beauty of the treat. It is fall and the time is now for fall foods and treats. Nobody does baking like King Arthur so here in its entirety is the Classic Apple Crisp recipe from our friends at King Arthur: What you need for the filling: 3 pounds whole apples, to yield 2 pounds peeled, cored, and sliced apples; about…

If you get hit by the Madison Avenue bus…

I use this phrase all the time and, and it applies in so many conversations and situations. My Aunt Betty used to say this about doing or not doing something because you are waiting or saving it for the future. “If you get hit by the Madison Avenue bus, was it worth not wearing that new sweater today and saving it for another time? No. Wear the sweater.” Exactly. What would you do if you were not going to wait…

Three Fine Gents

Yesterday I had lunch with three fine gentlemen. Gentlemen No. 1- Jim. I have known Jim since the late 1980’s. He was a client of mine and over time we morphed into great friends. Over the years we have kept in touch via impromptu in person visits, Christmas cards, Facebook sharing and occasionally, an unexpected phone call that lasts for over an hour while I drive to Rochester. Gentlemen No.2- Donald. Donald and I have known each other and worked…

Do you know what makes you happy?

Last weekend I was sitting on the outdoor patio at Lakeside Farm. This farm is a perfect combination of local farm stand with a country store, wonderful people, and a topnotch breakfast. Chip and I like to sit outside as long as we can, weather permitting. As I was sitting there waiting for Chip just breathing in the aroma of fresh tomatoes, peaches, and apples, I over heard a grandpa and his young grandson. They were commenting on the very…

Empty Nest Chicken Rolls

It has been nine days since Jack started at the University of Alabama and 24 hours since Amelia returned to RIT. The nest is empty except for Izzy and her snoring keeps the silence from becoming deafening. Dinners have taken on a new meaning and geared towards a more flexible palate. No more rushing to get someone to work or practice or to the movies. It is silent and still. The kitchen no longer has chocolate milk and apple juice…