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Wine Tasting on Long Island-A Day Trip

One bright, sparkling morning earlier this summer I had the good fortune to board the Cross Sound Ferry, out of New London, Connecticut , for a day trip to the North Fork of Long Island. The View from the Long Island Ferry This trip was a first for me.  You may be surprised to know that even though I have lived on the southern shore of New England my whole life I have never taken a ferry to one of the nearby islands. Being prone to motion sickness, the thought of becoming ill on a ferry has always been a major deterrent.  This turned out to be the perfect day for me to take a ferry ride across Long Island Sound. The sun was bright and the water was smooth.  The nearly ninety-minute ride was delightful.  I chose to enjoy my time on the water on the open air deck atop the ferry. When you arrive by ferry from New London, you'll land at Orient Point on eastern Long Island. Land at Orient Point My first surprise of the day was the very rural nature of Long Island's

Tomato and Corn Quiche

Today is August 1st and it is hot.  It's the kind of hot, summer day that makes you want to sit under the shadiest tree you can find and sip iced tea or lemonade.  It's not a day for cooking and certainly not a day for turning on the oven, but what do I do?  I decide a tomato and corn quiche would be perfect for dinner tonight.  There's no way around it, a quiche requires the oven and once I get something in my head I'm not easily dissuaded. Use Fresh Tomatoes in a Delicious Summer Quiche I love quiche.  To me, quiche is the perfect any time of day meal.  It works for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It is also perfect because it is a "dump" recipe.  Just "dump" the ingredients into a crust and you are halfway there. Forty-five or so minutes of oven time later, you have a meal.  A quiche is a perfect meal to use up whatever you may have in your refrigerator. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. The compensation I receive wh

An Easy Way to Peel Garlic

If, like me, you love to cook with fresh garlic you will love this handy tip for how to peel multiple cloves in a few short seconds.  Lately, I've been buying the pre-peeled garlic being sold in produce departments that is packaged in sealed pouches containing six to eight garlic cloves.  I find it very handy to be able to reach into the refrigerator for a couple of peeled cloves to mince up quickly for a recipe.  Peeling garlic is not my favorite thing to do. The other day I went to buy one of those packages of peeled garlic loves at my local grocery store only to find that they were out of them.  "They are on the next shipment," I was told.  Hmpf, I've been told that before.  I had a couple of bulbs of garlic at home in the pantry, so home I went.  I needed some garlic for a slow cooker recipe I was making.  As I began to pull the cloves of garlic from the bulb I remembered a garlic peeling tip I had heard some time ago, but never tried. All you need in addition

I Remember

This month my parents sold the home where they raised their family, my two brothers, my sister and me.  It all happened pretty quickly.  Less than a year ago Mom and Dad decided to move to sunny Florida. Once the decision was made it took less than eight months to purchase a new home more than a thousand miles away, purge sixty years of accumulated possessions, resettle in their new home and say good-bye to the house that once nurtured their family.  Whew!  This was no small accomplishment for two people in their 80s. On the morning of the closing for the house I took one final walk through ostensibly to make sure all was in order for the new owners, but in reality to say good-bye.  As I walked through the empty rooms I remembered... I remembered that winter, long ago, when it snowed and snowed and snowed.  It snowed so much we were able to build an igloo with blocks of snow.  There's never been a winter quite like it. I remembered being sick, first with the mumps and

A Little Paint and A Lot of Determination

I decided a little over a month ago that it was time to refresh my three season porch.  You know what I mean.  All of a sudden the porch went from a place where I liked to spend my time to a place I never wanted to be.  It was time to fix that. My Porch Before All of the paint in the room needed to be refreshed.  I wanted to brighten the trim around the windows by painting it with Benjamin Moore's Atrium White (PM-13).  The previously white walls needed a little color.  I chose a light butter cream color called Palm Coast Pale (330) by Benjamin Moore.  I thought the sloped ceiling might benefit from a little color as well.  I chose Benjamin Moore's Spring Mint (2040-70). The Color Palette There was some water damage on the ceiling that had to be fixed.  I turned to YouTube for some how-to advice. Water Damage on the Ceiling I was careful and didn't rush the repair.  We also decided to add some trim work that helped to cover the worst of it.  Water Da

A Green Smoothie for Lunch

 Green Lunch Smoothie When I started drinking smoothies a few month ago I tended to favor the fruit smoothies.  After all, they are naturally sweetened by whatever fruit you are using and they look so delicious.  As I researched smoothie nutritional contents and looked for healthier smoothie options I discovered green smoothies.  Green smoothies are vegetable based.  I think of them as a salad in a glass. Green smoothies can be an acquired taste, especially if you have been drinking a lot of the fruit-based, yogurt enhanced smoothies.  I like my green smoothie because it is a surprise for my taste buds.  It contains half of a lime, skin and all.  It's the lime that adds that certain something that wakes up my mouth. As I have said before, a key to making a successful smoothie is your blender.  That is especially true with this vegetable-based smoothie because the vegetables really need to be pulverized to get the consistency you want.  One way to help your blender is to

Italian Cream Cake

Italian Cream Cake When Hubby had a birthday recently and I wanted to make him a special cake to commemorate his day.  I thought it would be fun to try a new cake rather than rely upon one of my tried and true cakes.  I've been saving cake recipes that look delicious on my Pinterest board, Let Me Eat Cake .  So off I went to see if there was a cake there that might fit the bill. There were two cakes on the board that I thought would tickle his taste buds.  The first was the Italian Cream Cake from lynn-southernwithatwist.blogspot.com and the second was a Coconut Cream Cake from life-as-a-lofthouse.blogspot.com.  I showed Hubby the pictures of the cakes and read the ingredients.  He chose the Italian Cream Cake. I had never heard of an Italian Cream Cake before.  Have you?   An online recipe search for Italian Cream Cake revealed recipe, after recipe, after recipe.  Where have I been all these years to have missed this cake?  All the recipes I found were very similar.  It