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Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Shake it up! Elegant holiday cocktail parties made easy

Sparkling lights, the happy sounds of holiday music … ’tis the season to celebrate with family and friends! Elegant, easy cocktail parties are a wonderful way to entertain a crowd, be it large or small, with none of the fussiness and labor of a more formal dinner party. Let’s get the party started! Ensure a...
Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Deck your halls with decorated houseplants

Beautiful evergreen trees aren’t the only plants that enjoy getting “spruced” up for the holidays. Houseplants also show off their Christmas green when placed in the spotlight. Whether you like a subtle look or go all-out glitz when decorating your home for the holidays, don’t forget that indoor plants can add extra interest and sparkle...
Making cookie memories

Making cookie memories

The thing about an old cookie press is that it can make a lot more than just cookies. The cookie press I’m talking about is silver-colored, made of some kind of thin metal. The hollow cylinder is closed at each end with silvery pink caps, and a black handle at one end twists downward to...
December 2014 Home Personality: "Homes for holiday entertaining"

December 2014 Home Personality: “Homes for holiday entertaining”

255 Brush Ridge Road, New Canaan, Conn. $2,995,000 Jane Campbell, Brotherhood & Higley Real Estate, 203-253-2820 Set on a high ridge with Long Island views, this landmark vintage 1903 colonial, with architectural detail, three fireplaces, many interesting windows, and beautiful views, comprises 6,700 square feet and combines yesterday’s charm with today’s amenities. The grand foyer...
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 1½ cups (310 grams) packed...
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 golden complexion still steams next...
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 day of the week, from...
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...

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,...
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...
October 2014 Home Personality: "Homes with Man Caves"

October 2014 Home Personality: “Homes with Man Caves”

38 Wee Burn Lane, Darien, Conn. $5,795,000 Doug Milne, 
Kelly Real Estate, 203-667-0344 Our feature “Home of the Month”: This classic stone and slate Colonial designed by architect Mac Patterson and situated on nearly five acres on a quiet Darien lane boasts not one but two “Man Caves.” First, the home’s billiards room is far...
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...