Connecticut Country House Blog

Everybody’s Fool

June 12, 2012 |

A fool, buckle, crumble, cobbler, grunt or slump, pandowdy, and a betty – just some of the centuries old desserts with funny names that have always intrigued me, and just the sound of them makes me smile.  I think that the beauty of these tried and true recipes is that our ancestral home bakers simply…

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Making an entrance

June 4, 2012 |

First impressions are key.  And the first step into my home is not just about looking good, it’s got to feel good.  The most traffic happens at the back door of the saltbox.  Whether you are coming or going, I feel that the sight line in front of you, inside and out, is so important.…

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Mid-spring garden tour

June 1, 2012 |

You know, it’s funny – every week, from spring through the fall, I think I don’t have much in bloom in the gardens until I take a pair of clippers and a bucket in hand and go for a walk.  I’m always amazed at  how stuffed my old bucket can get!  So starting this week,…

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A perfect little vinaigrette

May 30, 2012 |

Tender spring greens are in season, and when they are gently tossed with this simple vinaigrette – magic happens. Really.  Some time ago, I found this beautiful little vinaigrette recipe in one of my very favorite cookbooks – Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom – written by none other than my idol, Julia Child.  Once I made and…

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Quick – give me a quiche

May 21, 2012 |

As of today, I’m promoting a quiche revival.  My hay day of quiche making was back in the late eighties when I was newly married; it was quick and easy to make, not to mention delicious!  Back then, the tiny galley kitchen of our Port Chester co-op turned out some really mean food (if Rick…

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Holy guacamole

May 5, 2012 |

Every single time I take a scoop of ‘Rosa’ – inspired guacamole with a perfectly salted corn chip, I think I faintly see a halo-like glow hovering over our lava bowl!  This fantastic guacamole is the result of years of going to ‘Rosa Mexicano’ – where you will find the finest Mexican cuisine in Manhattan – and paying…

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Geranium - A daffodil is just a daffodil

A daffodil is just a daffodil

May 2, 2012 |

Just when I thought the daffodil season here at Connecticut Country House was over, these late bloomers have proven themselves to be no ordinary daffodils – I am now definitely hooked.

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My first time

April 30, 2012 |

I was seven years old when I stepped foot into my first Connecticut country house.  It was a small white quintessential Cape Cod-style house perfectly tucked behind its gracious manse in Southport – just a stone’s throw away from the beach on Long Island Sound.  The Cape Cod – style house, and the manse, belonged…

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The taste of a good life

April 25, 2012 |

What if you had a place to get away to for a few minutes everyday, a welcoming perch where you could see a fresh take on satisfying rustic nibbles and sips from my country kitchen and hub…where there is always something brewing? Would you like to take a behind the scenes peek into a hive…

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