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I have to break up with Sam Sifton

I have been seeing Sam Sifton for years in full view and disclosure to my husband, Chip. Every morning, Sam appears in my email with temptations of elegant charcuterie boards, outrageous breakfasts, and sweets that could tempt even a die-hard dieter. Who is Sam Sifton? Who is Sam Sifton? You need to know. Sam Sifton is the food editor at the New York Times, previously the paper's National Editor. He is slightly younger than I am, but who cares? Sam…

Vermont Travels

Travels with Chip- The Sugar Shack

Chip has become quite the traveling partner, hidden away in my backpack. Per my last post, A New Way to Travel With Chip, you read that Chip is mobile and pretty much a captive audience.  (Have ashes, will travel) So, on one particular Saturday afternoon, Jack, Chip, Tillie, and I set out to visit the Sugar Shack in Arlington, VT. Jack sat shotgun, unaware of the perhaps unconventional passenger in the backseat. Tillie will sleep and snore through anything, so…

A New Way To Travel With Chip

Note:  Thank you all for your kind notes, emails, and texts. I have not been inspired to blog since I lost my purpose and reason for humor, sarcasm, cooking, and life in general. I am ready to give it a go now. I am sure you are reading this headline and thinking, how is Chip traveling with Karen? Hear me out on this one. It is no secret that living without Chip has just been horrific. I miss our adventures…

Chip, thank you for making me a wife and mother.

The Celebration of Chip's life is today.  I struggled with the decision to speak at the celebration about Chip but I defaulted to my comfort zone, writing: I am a mother now, but I was a wife first. Thank you, Chip, for making me your wife. I love being a mother, and I love my children. When Amelia and Jack were babies, it was a transition to add mother to being a wife. However, I never lost my persona of…

Chip….

For the very first time, I am at a loss for words.  Thank you all for your calls, texts, and hugs. Anthony J. Lombardo, Jr, aka “Chip,” 58 of Niskayuna, NY, and recently Canandaigua, NY, passed away suddenly at Strong Memorial Hospital.     There are no words to summarize Chip’s life except to say that he was a beautifully unique person who loved his family with his whole heart. Chip worked hard in his businesses and strived to help young…