September 2017 Home Personality: “Sweet Dreams!”

71 Five Mile River Road, Darien, Conn. $5,500,000 Sheree Frank and Doug Milne, Houlihan Lawrence 203-249-9396 Our feature home of the month: This New England waterfront home is beautifully sited on the idyllic Five Mile River boasting 270-degree water views and located on one of the most scenic roads in Darien. Originally a 1700’s farmhouse and … Read more

Paint the town blue?

It never ceases to amaze me how color can completely change the look and feel of space … from freshly painted paneling (brown to white) to a sun-drenched yellow kitchen, color can evoke a particular style or time period, or even alter a mood. There’s a house on our street, for example, that for years … Read more

Something unpredictable: An historic Darien landmark has surprises inside

Fairfield County is known for its beautiful historic homes, many of which claim to have been “renovated and updated for today’s lifestyles.” That would be an understatement, however, when describing the Darien landmark home at l73 Middlesex Road. Known as Waterbury House, the original part of the home dates back to 1856 and was owned … Read more

A bird’s-eye view

The view from our bedroom overlooks our fenced-in backyard, with its proliferation of birch trees, honeysuckle, lilacs, and a host of other bushes and shrubs I can’t identify. I don’t generally spend too much time staring out the bedroom window, although the yard does afford us a rather pleasant view, and with the nice weather … Read more

A flash in the pan

We eat a lot of chicken in our house, and I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to prepare it. Roasted, poached, slow cooker, sauteed, stir-fried … the possibilities are endless, yet I’m always on a quest to discover another method. I think chicken tastes best when my husband cooks it on the grill, … Read more

The sweet life: Palmer’s Bakery helps makes party planning a piece of cake

When Rocco Palmer opened a small Stamford-based butcher shop in 1921, he probably never dreamed that his great-great-granddaughter, Megan Palmer Rivera, would someday become the business’s culinary director. After I-95 was built, the Palmer family helped develop the Heights shopping area off Exit 10 in the Noroton section of Darien, and relocated the store, which … Read more

Of mice and men

  It was a dark and stormy night … literally, around eight or nine years ago, when our Welsh Terrier, Clancy, began barking at the baseboard radiator near our front door. This went on for a couple of days before I called our vet, thinking that perhaps Clancy was showing signs of some form of … Read more

New Canaan CARES Kitchen and Home Tour ’17

On Thursday, May 18, New Canaan CARES will be celebrating a milestone, the silver anniversary of its Kitchen & Home Tour, as generous homeowners open their doors for the 25th year of this Fairfield County tradition. On display are seven exquisitely designed, extensively remodeled and newly constructed homes. And for the first time, patron ticketholders … Read more

A tale of two recipes

We’re celebrating both Easter and Passover in the same month this year (occasionally the two occur in different months), and I thought it would be nice to share two traditional Passover and Easter recipes, respectively: the first from my grandmother, Ida Wertheimer, who made this brisket for our family for years (I make it now) … Read more

Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend

As it has for more than seventy years, the onset of spring signals that members of the Ridgefield and Caudatowa garden clubs will be joining forces to host the Ballard Greenhouse Plant Sale, a Mother’s Day weekend tradition. While winter still holds the rest of us in its icy grasp, the Ballard Garden Greenhouse plays host … Read more

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