‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

‘Festive Home’ turns 10 this holiday season

Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 10th Annual Festive Home is a cheerful holiday marketplace fund-raiser event.  It is open for business through Tuesday, Dec. 23, with extended hours Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theme this year is “Be Brilliant!”  Eleven designers have been paired with member...
2014 Rooms with a View celebrates 20 years

2014 Rooms with a View celebrates 20 years

  Interiors showcase Rooms with a View, which celebrated its 20th anniversary and whose honorary chairperson was national tastemaker Thom Filicia, recently hosted a weekend of design with the theme for 2014: “20/20 Visions.” The event, which was held Friday, November 14, through Sunday, November 16, at the Southport Congregational...
The Recipe Box: Holiday entertaining

The Recipe Box: Holiday entertaining

GINGERBREAD BUNDT CAKE WITH GINGER GLAZE Tami Ganeles-Weiser of TheWeiserKitchen.com Ingredients: Cake: 3¼ cups flour, sifted and divided, plus 2 tablespoons (419 grams) cake flour for dusting ½ cup (66 grams) currants 3 tablespoon cognac or brandy 2 teaspoons (11 grams) vanilla extract 2 teaspoons (18 grams) grated fresh ginger...
Starting from scratch: Colonial bakers took a hands-on approach

Starting from scratch: Colonial bakers took a hands-on approach

The fire crackles and embers glow in the brick beehive oven adjacent to the hearth. The smell of rising cornmeal fills the tiny room. Pie crusts made of whole wheat and cornflour blended with lard are finished on the table as johnnycakes bake. A loaf of bread with a lovely...
November 2014 Home Personality: "Homes for the Next Great Baker"

November 2014 Home Personality: “Homes for the Next Great Baker”

320 Brookside Road, Darien, Conn. $6,250,000 Libby Matson, Berkshire Hathaway New England Properties, 203-820-5524 Our 7-bedroom, 9-bath, 11,000 sq. ft. “Home of the Month” features a light-drenched gourmet kitchen designed by award-winning architect, Jack Franzen, of J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, and home to a cook’s dream for the culinary arts....
Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to local farmers’ markets

Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to local farmers’ markets

The popularity of farmers’ markets has been growing each year, along with their fresh, just harvested local produce. There are now more than 100 farmers’ markets in Connecticut, with new ones being added all over the state. Moorefield Herb Farm in Trumbull is in different farmers’ market towns almost every...
Building my Passive House — Part 9

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Because my heating requirements...
How to clean, stuff and eat an artichoke

How to clean, stuff and eat an artichoke

Am I right in thinking that the artichoke is a vegetable that many people love but have no idea what to do with? Sure we love them, but we buy them marinated in jars or pureed in dips but don’t have a clue about how to handle the real thing…big,...
Say it with flowers

Say it with flowers

Arranging flowers is such a delightfully creative art form, the perfect pursuit for those who wish to display expressions of beauty, elegance and grace throughout their home. From formal or extravagant, to sweet and simple, flower arrangements utilize the most beautiful material with a seemingly endless array of textures, shapes,...
Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

Updating jewelry insurance appraisals

With the current gold market above $1,200.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured from an earlier time should be aware that those insurance levels are most likely no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises values automatically over a period of time. Ten...
The Recipe Box: "Flavors of Fall"

The Recipe Box: “Flavors of Fall”

PUMPKIN BISQUE WITH CURRY AND PEAR (Serves 4 – 6) Ronnie Fein, Ronnie Fein School of Creative Cooking, Stamford, Conn., 203-322-7114 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder...
Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum...
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Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

Santa and his live reindeer return to Greenwich From November 28 to December 24, 2014, Santa and his four live reindeer will return to McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch St., Greenwich, for the 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop From noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 28, the community is...
Parenting from the Trenches: Holiday hysteria and managing the madness

Parenting from the Trenches: Holiday hysteria and managing the madness

When I picture my oldest child, Blake, now 31, at his first walking-and-talking Christmas, it is of a 16-month-old roaring about in my then in-law’s apartment with candy canes clutched in each hand and a face streaked with sticky red sugar. His excitement was both tangible and aromatic, and colorful bows and wrapping papers were...
TIps to slash heating bills this winter

TIps to slash heating bills this winter

The temperatures outside are quickly dropping, which means your heating bills will soon be rising. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save energy at home. Spokespersons for The Family Handyman have tips that are easy to implement, won’t cost much and will definitely save money on your heating bills. Here are a few of...
Holiday decorating made simple

Holiday decorating made simple

Vowing to make the holidays easier this year? Transition your home into a winter wonderland without all the unnecessary stress. The key, according to Big Lots and blogger Brandi Jeter Riley from Mama Knows It All, is to plan ahead and keep decorating simple. 1.  Start by selecting a theme or color. Whether you enjoy glitz and glam, traditional red and gold or...
Photo finish: Share old and new memories around the Thanksgiving table

Photo finish: Share old and new memories around the Thanksgiving table

Every Thanksgiving, traditions are either newly made or time-honored. Grandma’s recipe for sausage stuffing gets served right next to Heather’s latest vegetarian side dish. The brand-new crystal wine glasses that sparkle with a promise of heady joy look perfect on the heirloom lace tablecloth that has been handed down for generations. Old and new come...
Dorie Greenspan pens French dessert cookbook

Dorie Greenspan pens French dessert cookbook

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan will be signing copies of her latest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 28, 2014), at Deane Inc., 1267 East Main Street, Stamford. The public is invited to the event, which...
A feel good story

A feel good story

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but do you remember family dinners of yesteryear? Often it was the only time when everyone was in the same room at the same time. Lively conversations ensued — no one was at a loss for words. Those who felt that others weren’t appreciating their thoughts thoroughly enough would raise their...

Rooms with a View celebrates 20 years

Interiors showcase Rooms with a View, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and whose honorary chairperson is national tastemaker Thom Filicia, will be hosting a weekend of design and has announced its theme for 2014: “20/20 Visions.” Slideshow photos by Elise Sullivan The event, which will be held Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15,...
Thomas Mann must not have had GPS

Thomas Mann must not have had GPS

In the early 70s, we still had relatives living at “Springdale,” the remains of the Ohio farm where my great grandfather raised seven children including my mother’s father and my name sake. There are a few fading family photos and deep in the ever-murky crevasses of my brain, a distant memory of a layover at...
The old switcheroo routine

The old switcheroo routine

Whenever I speak about the subject of trust in a jeweler, there is always one particular issue that inevitably manages to surface, and that is the tale of a jeweler “switching” a diamond on a customer who brings her engagement ring in for repair, sizing, or some other routine work that needs to be done....
Saturday cooking class at Cucina Casalinga

Saturday cooking class at Cucina Casalinga

On Saturday, November 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cucina Casalinga, Wilton, Conn., will be offering a special workshop: Lorenza dei Medici’s elegant and delicious Stuffed Turkey Roll from Tuscany
. Bruschetta al prosciutto, parmigiano e balsamico – toasted Italian bread with prosciutto, parmesan cheese and aged balsamic vinegar, 
Butternut squash soup garnished with mascarpone,...
Go on a wine adventure this holiday season


Go on a wine adventure this holiday season


There’s nothing wrong with liking what you like, but you can’t discover new favorites unless you try new things, says wine enthusiast Howard Kleinfeld. While recovering from throat cancer, Kleinfeld, an award-winning commercial music producer, lost his sense of taste for a few years. When it came back, he decided to embrace some of the finest...
The autumn garden: A work in progress

The autumn garden: A work in progress

As summer shifts into autumn, yard work for many means raking leaves and moving the outdoor furniture indoors or covering it to withstand winter. Whatever color is in the yard comes from Mother Nature’s annual fall spectacular as the deciduous leaves change from green to reds, golds and oranges, the conifers retaining their green. Goldenrod...
Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Author Laurel Braitman explains in her book Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster) that dogs can become depressed and suffer severe anxiety if they’re left alone at home too much, or if there’s no time for play; they’ll mope around, sleep too much and suffer quietly. So what’s the solution? We decided to ask a few...