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Sustainable, American Caviar Sold Locally

Food

Here’s a nice small-world story: Three years ago, I received a phone call from a New York City restaurateur I know. Would I like to join him for a caviar tasting, to sample a new product he was considering offering to his customers? The words “tasting” and “sample,” in this context, denoted that the caviar in question would be free. I answered with a stentorian “YES!” before he finished making his inquiry.

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Holiday Cookbooks For Foodies

Food

I knew a copy editor at China Daily in Beijing in 1989 who read cookbooks for pleasure. One Chinese recipe after another. 

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An Inventor In Hollywood

Movie: ‘Bombshell’

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Drab or Colorful? Your Choice

Gardens

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Celebrate New York at the Holidays

Amenia, NY
Saturday and Sunday, 
Dec. 9 and 10, 3 p.m.
Amenia Youth Theater will perform a holiday musical review, free to the public. 
Ancram, NY
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
The Ancram Winterfest at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7. Live music, bonfire, traditional holiday beverages, free craft table for youngsters, holiday snacks. Will culminate in the lighting of the Town Hall Holiday Tree.

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Shop Canaan For the Holidays

Falls village, ct
Saturday, Dec. 9,
5-7 p.m.

Flash Art Exhibit, David M. Hunt Library, 63 Main St. Annual 12x12 exhibit, original artworks by 76 local artists. $100 each, sold off the wall. Benefits the library. For more, call 860-824-7424 or go to huntlibrary.org.
Saturday, Dec. 16,
6:30 p.m.

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Hometown Holidays 2017: Hometown Holidays Events

Amenia, NY
Saturday and Sunday, 
Dec. 9 and 10, 3 p.m.
Amenia Youth Theater will perform a holiday musical review, free to the public. 
Barkhamsted, CT
Saturday, Dec. 9,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Hometown Holidays 2017: Area Tree Lightings, Parades Of Lights

Amenia, NY
Friday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.
The Parade of Lights will begin at Mechanic Street, then proceed down East and West Main Street. 
Sunday, Dec. 3,
4:30 to 7 p.m.

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Meringues, An Easy Way To Dazzle

Food: Samin Nosrat’s cookbook, ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’

This is the time of year when people who love to feed other people strive to dazzle. It’s turning dinner into pageantry. That means trying something new, different and, if possible, hazardous. Which is why I just spent Sunday coaxing the oozy egg white into a sweet, puffy, pale and insubstantial cloud of meringue achieved by sugar, hope and the balky second-hand Kitchen Aid mixer in my pantry.

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’Tis the Season To Love Ballet

Dance: The Nutcracker 2017

Even people who otherwise would never consider taking the time to see a dance performance often wind up seeing one around the holidays. There are family members and friends of those who are reluctant dance fans who may be enchanted with the thought of seeing the festive staging, costuming, music and yes, dance, that all Nutcracker productions offer. 

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