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What might seem like lush greenery in our surroundings is often actually a choking non-native invasive. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Seeing Is Believing

If, as is said, one can’t see the forest for the trees, might it also sometimes be true that one can’t see the trees for the forest?

A tomato and bacon jam is easy to make and makes a nicely contrasting accompaniment to fritters. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Finding My Way Back to the Kitchen

Two days ago I put my apron on again, after a month of ignoring it. It’s not that I hadn’t cooked; it’s more that I’d done it in a somnolent state, not really paying close enough attention to realize I needed protective gear.

Revisiting Medieval Times with A Trip to the Renaissance Fair

Long after they’ve stopped dreaming of dragons, princesses and knights in shining armor, you’ll still find an astonishing number of people willing to revisit medieval times by taking a trip to a Renaissance Fair. Having visited these fairs several times in the last decade, I recommend giving this experience a try at least once in a lifetime.

Housatonic Valley Regional High School student Cyrus Kearney, at left in photo, is joined by Le Gamin owner Robert Arbor in scooping up delicious cold treats at the new Le Gamin ice cream shop. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Not Your Every Day Ice Cream Cone, at Le Gamin

Somehow, nothing that happens at Robert Arbor’s Le Gamin restaurant in Sharon, Conn., is ever ordinary. The elegant French restaurateur manages to give everything he does a little Gallic flip.


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