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My cousin Laura is an amazing baker and her soft ginger cookies are to die for. I’ve been meaning to try to make something similar and this weekend seemed like a good time, since we’re all hunkering down for what is supposed to be The Storm Of The Century. I’ve always loved the phrase “atmospheric […]

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Here’s my recipe for the quickest holiday decoration ever, in three easy steps: Take your best, shapeliest pinecone and slap some gold paint on the ends of the petals Take the little bits of the bead curtain that you’ve been saving for just such an occasion Grab your glue gun and glue the little plastic jewels […]

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We’ve all heard the motto, “Do what you love,” but when you encounter someone who’s actually doing it, it’s pretty awe-inspiring. On our recent trip to France, I got lucky, and got to participate in a tasting with David Meil, the president of Les Antiquaires du Cognac, an artisanal cognac distillery. Les Antiquaires du Cognac takes […]

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There is a proverb that I used to kind of hate that says “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” It bugs me because it’s so smug – so bucket listy – so serene and Pollyanna-ish, glossing over the very real frustration some of us […]

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Blame my grandmother. Years ago, she taught me to cook a roast chicken by smell. “Put some salt and pepper in a bowl,” she said. “Now go through the spice rack. Open the jars and smell what’s inside. If you want your chicken to smell like that, put some in the bowl. If not, go […]

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