Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals by Sarah Copeland, a review

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  Sarah Copeland’s cook book, Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for any eater and every appetite is definitely for the Granola set. The French-Canadian slang expression, “Elle est une granola” translates to “she’s a health-food nut or a hippie-type person.”  I’m a granola … Continue reading

O is for Order


This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can we live well, despite problems?  By getting our lives in order!  Disorder is a muddle. Havoc. A confusing, chaotic mess. A shambles. High … Continue reading

West’s Bakery in Hope Valley, Rhode Island is the Best

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I’m talking about West’s Bakery in the village of Hope Valley in the town of Hopkington in the county of Washington in the state of Rhode Island, which is a confusing place when it comes to place names. (click here to read my … Continue reading

French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé, inspires gracious hospitality


French Roots: Two cooks, two countries & the beautiful food along the way (list price $35 U.S. / $41.00 CAN) is a book (of cooking essays and recipes) that works like a time-traveling magic carpet to transport me between the San … Continue reading

A Fall Foliage Tour Day in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner


Me? Fall Foliage is my favorite season, and I’m also attracted to reading nooks, sheltered coves, tucked-away hideouts and serene places like “Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.” So this morning when the weather promised to be fair and the day spread out before us … Continue reading

If You Want to Succeed in a Restaurant Venture, Follow the Advice in “Restaurant Success By The Numbers”

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Level-headed, business-minded entrepreneurs who want to succeed in the restaurant business today, should read Restaurant Success by the Numbers. For more than 20 years I’ve been married to a (successful but now retired) chef and restaurateur, and I can confidently say … Continue reading