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Two Designer Secrets to Perk Up a Room

By Jeanette Carlson – Here are two items that professional interior designers and stylists for magazine photography sessions often use to finish off a room. These two no-fail items make a room look fresh, lived-in but sophisticated and polished. And they don’t cost a lot. Usually, you can buy these two magical things in a single trip to a grocery store or specialty market such as Whole Foods, Fresh Market or Trader...

National Sandwich Month

By Anna Dantoni – It’s the last few weeks of official summer and we’re all still in the mood for picnics by the shore, brunch in the garden, lunch on the boat, a supper of sandwiches served on paper plates with fresh-made lemonade in plastic cups. That’s why August is National Sandwich Month, a time to celebrate meals that are bookended by fresh bread and stuffed with delicious produce of the season. Some European and...

Cool Down Now

By Chef Judi Gallagher – I don’t know about you, but it is hot where I am. And I’m not talking I-feel-warm-when-I-step-outside hot — no, this is heat that makes you gasp when you stray from the comfort of your air conditioned home; the kind of heat that causes sweat to pool at your hairline; the kind of heat that makes you feel like your skin is melting. Welcome to August. The best cure for this kind of...

The King of Summer

By Chef Judi Gallagher – You do not have to look at the heat index or even a calendar to know the sweet taste of summer is but a husk away. Growing up in Connecticut meant “pick your own corn” in the fields where enough rain would make the corn milk run into the stream below, making the aroma a tease for the farm-fresh taste of fresh corn. Whether you prefer white, yellow or bi-color – the latter my personal favorite –...

GOURMET HIGHWAY: An All-Southern Wine Dinner

By Doc Lawrence – “Thomas Jefferson would be very proud,” David Hazelwood declared at the conclusion of a highly successful wine dinner. Southern Thymes Shared, (Pelican Publishing, 2014) the cookbook with wine pairings that follows Jefferson’s dining tradition of serving fresh Southern food with Old and New World wines, inspired the gourmet event. Hazelwood, who has read many scholarly books about Thomas Jefferson,...

Best Tools for the Summer Gardener

By Steven V. Philips – Just when I think I’m going to cut back on the space my flower and herb gardens take up in my yard and opt for the book/hammock approach to summer, a few more great tools appear thus encouraging my addiction to nurturing growing things. Here are some of my new favorite tools, including an ingeniously brilliant (I say modestly) home-made one that I invented through necessity. Isn’t that always the...
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