Comfort and joy

Thanksgiving weekend is the most popular time for decorating your home for Christmas. Neighborhoods become alive with white outdoor lights that illuminate houses, yards, trees, and figures that become realistic once darkness falls. Jane Mazzocchi, decorator for the Hunter Douglas Gallery at DUC Interiors in Norwalk, recommends looking around your home or office to find … Read more

Soup’s on!

Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of steaming soup on a blustery fall day. Think beyond the canned variety to discover tasty and nutritious alternatives. Although soup is still a lunchtime American standard, it can also make for a delicious dinner when paired with a salad and thick slices of artisan bread.     If … Read more

Salad days: Homefront Farmers brings us back to the garden

If you’ve ever had a vegetable garden, you know the rewards of having farm-to-table goodness outside your door. As the seasons progress, the continual watering, weeding, mulching, and pruning may demand more time than you have available. And then there are the deer that can level your garden to stubby shoots overnight.   Ridgefield-based Homefront … Read more

Let the holiday spirit move you

“One in 10 families is near the poverty line in Fairfield County,” says Wade Gibson of New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children, “and this time of year—holiday time—is particularly difficult for them.” Thanksgiving abounds with food drives. The focus in December is collecting toys for children who otherwise would do without. If you’d like to … Read more

One-stop decorating

Ring’s End is celebrating its 114th anniversary this year. This family-owned business comprises a flagship design center located at 181 West Ave., Darien, with additional design center locations in Branford, Danbury, Fairfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Trumbull, Westport and Wilton. All have an expansive selection of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, blinds, shutters and shades plus full-time … Read more

Cleaning house

Spring seems to be the time that most homeowners really start cleaning house, and that often begins with the vacuum. Fairfield County Vacuums, located at 11 High Ridge Road in Stamford, is a 12-year-old family-owned business and an authorized dealer of Oreck and Miele vacuums, according to Bruce Vandermark, owner and chief diagnostician, with free yearly … Read more

A class act

“Cut the peppers thinner,” Chef tells me.   I nod. “And use a mandoline for the carrots.” He reaches into shelves filled with utensils, some of which I’ve never seen before, and extracts one. “Where are the potholders?” I ask one of the assistant chefs before reaching into a hot oven. He gives me a … Read more