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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, fresh and foreign. This post...
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...
Mark your calendars!

Mark your calendars!

2014 Glass House Tour tickets available Tickets are available for tours of the Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, which will run between May 1 – November 30, 2014. New this season: Self-guided tours, which will be available on select dates and offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Glass House campus and its pastoral...
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...
Gadget gurus: What's in store for the home cook

Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Do you have a Blossom uCap Sipping Cap? If you don’t, you may be missing out on one of today’s newest kitchen items. It’s a colorful, durable, silicone cap that transforms a mason jar into a beverage container with a watertight seal, explains Sanjay Dipchand, vice president of Cook’s Nook (mycooksnook.com), Norwalk. With numerous gadgets...
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, and gorgeous colors. Flower arranging...
Building my Passive House - Part 8

Building my Passive House – Part 8

This is the eighth 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). In my previous columns, I’ve written about how foundation,...

Metal heads

The kitchen here is modest. The main feature is an old cast iron and porcelain sink resting on an old steel cabinet. The cabinet is covered with many layers of hastily applied paint. We decided to incorporate that theme into the rest of the kitchen and started knocking about flea markets with the intention of...
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 years ago, gold was just...
Making a house a home

Making a house a home

If you’ve ever watched an episode of virtually any renovation show on HGTV, it’s likely you’ve seen a family similar to the Edwardses. The couple, who have three kids and a dog, started out in a small New York City fourth floor walk-up with no elevator, and moved, after the birth of their first child,...
Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Outdoor grilling and dining are two of the best things about summertime. However, once vegetable gardens die down and the evening air feels chillier, it’s time to leave even the most lavish of outdoor rooms and seek the warmth of our indoor kitchens. So, what’s cooking indoors? The continued evolution of kitchen design has made...
Make every day a spa day: Remodeling tips from the experts

Make every day a spa day: Remodeling tips from the experts

A lovely aesthetic with optimum function is the key to a fabulous bathroom makeover. “It should be full of natural light, easy to clean, with ample room,” says Mark Mosolino, owner, Mosolino Development (www.mosolinodevelopment.com), New Canaan. “Think beyond basics. Design to totally love it! Make it a room to spend a little more time in...
Building My Passive House - Part 7

Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh 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). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at...
Measuring up

Measuring up

It is said that when you arrive in heaven, all the socks you have lost in your life will be waiting there for you. I don’t know if that’s true, but if I got to heaven I am pretty sure that all the measuring devices I have lost over time would be waiting for me...