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Et tu, Romaine? Then Fall, Caesar!

So when is it safe to eat salad again? That’s the question on the lips of every diet-conscious woman in America.  Which means almost every woman in America. Based on a warning issued about ten days ago by the Centers for Disease Control, romaine lettuce is the latest casualty on the healthy-eating food chain.   The

By | 2018-04-30T15:27:58+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Diet, Dining|4 Comments

Reading Between the Lines

Book clubs are all the rage.  They’re everywhere.  Oprah has one.  Civic groups and country clubs have them.  Chances are your church or synagogue has one.  (Come to think of it, they’ve been reading the same book for years).  Whether they’re formal and structured, or a free-for-all in  someone’s home, book clubs just might be

By | 2018-02-28T16:08:07+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Dining, Reading|5 Comments

Let’s Undo Lunch

I hate lunch.  It is definitely my least favorite meal of the day.   And by far the most boring.  And also disruptive, much like an intermission during a play.  Which I also hate.  Not the play.  The intermission.  I frequently choose to skip it altogether.  The lunch meal, not the play. I have read that

By | 2017-10-31T12:51:59+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Diet, Dining, Food|7 Comments

The Hostess with the Leastest: Random Thoughts on House Guests, Dinner Parties, and Recreational Eating

In a temporal sense, living in Florida as a Snowbird is a lot like experiencing a second childhood.  Not only do we once again have more time to play, but our very concept of time itself has strayed from the calendar year.  In reality, our days do not flow from January to December.  As children,

By | 2016-04-15T20:13:03+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Dining, House Guests|4 Comments

Brisket Reconsidered

I’m so glad this holiday season is over.  Because if I hear one more boast about brisket, I think I’m going to spray paint someone’s Dutch oven.  When did brisket emerge as the national dish of December? And where was I when this was happening? Clearly not in the supermarket purchasing Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix.

By | 2015-01-15T08:00:37+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Categories: Cooking, Dining, Holidays|5 Comments

Dinner with Friends

Do you remember when dining out with friends was nothing more than an enjoyable way to spend an evening?  When choosing a restaurant depended only on the type of food you preferred to eat that night, and where  your table was located may have been a preference, but not necessarily a deal-breaker?  When noise level

By | 2012-07-16T09:18:22+00:00 July 16th, 2012|Categories: Aging, Dining, Friends|Tags: , , , |5 Comments