It’s 13 below this morning here in the hollow at Connecticut Country House, and I’m catching myself daydreaming about spring, and about that certain smell and feel of fresh earth cupped in my hands. And when you find that perfect quote that truly sums what’s in your heart and head, you’ve just got to share…

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One of my favorite bakers is Dorie Greenspan. About a year ago, I had discovered one of her videos on the New York Times online food section, and fell in love with her passion for baking. So when I was digging for a autumnal/wintry-feeling muffin recipe, Dorie’s recipe for Allspice Crumb Muffins won over all…

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For Valentine’s Day (or any time really), you just need a few ingredients (actually I came up with 10) to create a special little dinner for 2. Gather in a quiet place off the beaten path. My go-to quiet spot is our small, ancient parlor. Pull-up a couple of upholstered chairs instead of dining chairs.…

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It’s 5 below in Newtown this morning, and I’m chilled to the bone! This kind of frigid weather calls out for one thing (other than summer!) – a bowl of piping-hot soup. Mmm. Here’s one of my favorites… Murph’s Potato Leek Soup 3 pounds red potatoes 2 bunches leeks 2 32-ounce chicken broth 3 tablespoons…

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