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The Newfields Country Store

Feb 26, 2013 in LIFE

The Newfields Country Store on the seacoast of New Hampshire takes me back to a time when people were warm and sincere and everything was made from scratch. My close friends in Newfields live walking distance to this treasure-trove of homemade goodness. I never leave the NFCS without feeling inspired to make a new sandwich Read the Rest…

Homemade Vanilla

Oct 15, 2012 in KITCHEN

As the holidays approach, we scramble for hostess gifts and holiday presents for people who have everything. The holidays can be stressful and costly, but not if you plan ahead. So start now and make homemade vanilla extract because it’s cheap, easy, and fun–and if you buy real vanilla at the store, it’s expensive. Any Read the Rest…

Rice & Beans, Three Ways

Jul 10, 2012 in KITCHEN

Rice and beans (R&Bs)… always a household favorite growing up in Jersey after my parents returned from a vacation to Puerto Rico in 1982. My mom adapted her own version of this dish that is easy, quick, healthy, and cost effective. After nearly thirty years of eating R&Bs I feel like I am a bit Read the Rest…