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July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

July 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Stunning Views

21 Baywater Drive, Darien, Conn. $4,000,000 Mark Pires, 
Coldwell Banker Previews International, 203-247-2655 Our Feature Home of the Month: This waterfront home, built in 1928, served as the original Noroton Yacht Club. Rebuilt in 1983, the home is located in the heart of Noroton Bay, right next to the current Noroton Yacht club. The property...

Members of a special club

My daughter, grandson and I were born into a unique club in which only those who are left-handed and a middle child can be members. Let’s start with the first criterion, left-handedness, a trait we share with 13% of the world’s population. My father was intrigued when he realized I was left-handed. He dabbled in...
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
The Recipe Box: "Make the most of summer fruit!"

The Recipe Box: “Make the most of summer fruit!”

  BLUE LEMON’S PEACH TART (Serves 12) Bryan Malcarney, Blue Lemon Restaurant,15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, (203) 226 – 2647, bluelemonrestaurant.com; Rorys Restaurant, 416 Post Road, Darien,(203) 655-9453, rorys.net Ingredients: 12 ripe peaches Short Bread: 8 oz. butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup flour Crème Patissiere (pastry cream): 1 cup milk 4 egg yolks ¼...
Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt

  There’s no exact science to art selection, but following personal preferences and obtaining advice from professionals can make the search pleasurable and satisfying. “Finding artwork is like falling in love with another person. You’ll know it’s yours when you see it — and often, you won’t be able to get it out of your...
The good earth

The good earth

  Unique is a word that tends to be overused when describing something that is unusual or rare, but a luxury, 5,000-square-foot Adirondack-style home in New Canaan that is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Council — more than 94 percent of the home’s energy needs are met by solar technologies — and which...
Flower power

Flower power

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts, florists, and chefs alike will...
Special effects

Special effects

Since 1979, David Prutting, owner of New Canaan-based Prutting & Company Custom Builders, has brought custom-built homes to our area. He started as a carpenter, then added roofing and shingle skills and over the next years created his custom building and construction management business. One of the keys to his success, he says, is his...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Getting the yard ready for summer

Getting the yard ready for summer

Just because the old dead leaves have been raked and the garden hoses positioned does not mean that a yard is ready for summer. Spring clean-up is one thing, but spring preparations for summer is something else entirely. First rule of thumb is to make sure your tools and equipment are in good order. When...
The Recipe Box: "The Spice of Life - Mexican Fiesta!"

The Recipe Box: “The Spice of Life – Mexican Fiesta!”

Our recipe category for next month:  “Make the Most of Summer Fruit.” Please email your  main dish, grilled, side, salad, dessert and beverage recipes which include your favorite summer fruits to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. MINI CHICKEN & CHORIZO QUESADILLAS (Serves 6)...
Ballard Greenhouse plant sale set for this weekend

Ballard Greenhouse plant sale set for this weekend

The 2014 Ballard Greenhouse plant sale, scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, will offer its greatest selection of seed-grown heirloom vegetables, annuals and perennials to date; as well as  perennial varieties making their plant sale debut, ornamental edibles, herbs, proven winners from club members’ gardens, a wide range of annuals, perennials, and herbs for varied garden types and cultural conditions, and Master Gardeners...