This weekend I attended a great party/bash/baby shower at the home of old friends. Their daughter is expecting her first child, and this family knows how to party!  The house is on the New York side of the Berkshires, and sits above a brook. It’s a beautiful spot, made ever more beautiful by my friends […]

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  • June 20, 2016 - 8:23 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - I was looking forward to this Post Nancy as your Instagram photos sent the energy of ‘happy’ this sort of place seems to fit you!
    Nice you had a wonderful time and the potato salad sounds lovely.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2016 - 5:59 pm

    Paul Brads - Baby or no baby, I love potato salad! This sounds great.ReplyCancel

I love soup, and when the weather gets warm I start keeping cold soup around. I like raw soup like gazpacho, and I like that I can toss everything in the blender and make it to suit my preference as well as what veggies look good, or need to be cleaned out of my fridge, and […]

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I have never made baby artichokes, and might never have if not for a picking error by Fresh Direct*. Last week I kind of managed to plan our food for the week, and that included a treat of artichokes for dinner one night. When my order arrived there were two errors (highly unusual, perhaps they […]

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  • June 6, 2016 - 9:50 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Nancy,these look spectacular!!! Every year in spring I prepare the larger sized stuffed artichokes as soon as I see them fresh and nicely shaped. For all the access I have to the plethora of fruits and veg in my area, I have never seen baby artichokes and have always wanted to prepare them! They photograph nicely too. Looks like the error turned into a pleasant victory… enjoy the repeat!ReplyCancel

There are things that cannot be undone, choices made in a moment that change lives, and a few weeks ago I was a witness to such an event, and came away wondering how the two people involved would or could go forward. How would they get through the rest of the day, and then, how […]

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  • June 1, 2016 - 1:20 pm

    Cyn K - I couldn’t believe it. I had to stop and Google this story. I’m not calling you a liar, I just wanted this to not be true. I’m sorry that you had to witness that. And I have to disagree with Cathy: maybe the pedestrian should have kept walking but she did not deserve to be assaulted by that driver. I’m glad to see she has been charged with attempted murder. It is all so senseless.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2016 - 1:54 pm

    Cathy Goodwin - The driver won’t spend her life rationalizing. She will spend her life in prison, at least a good part of it.

    But the pedestrian should have just moved on. I remember my driving instructor, a long time ago, saying, “You don’t want to give your life to claim your right of way.”

    Here’s the news story. Apparently the driver had a record:
    http://articles.philly.com/2016-05-22/news/73250082_1_pedestrian-26-year-old-woman-alleged-assaultReplyCancel

    • June 1, 2016 - 1:39 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Wow, I hadn’t seen that, but this is definitely the incident I was referring to.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2016 - 5:23 pm

    Vanessa D. - I’m with Cyn, I believe but don’t want to believe. How horrifying for you to witness this senseless act.ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2016 - 7:33 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - One of those situations where you watch but are powerless to act.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2016 - 6:59 pm

    Patricia Mulvey - FYI if you wind up testifying about this, everything you have written about it goes into the record too — so any slightly misremembered or exaggerated detail, or missed detail that you don’t record can be exploited by the defense attornies…..I know from first hand experience when I was a witness in a crime that went to court……I’m sorry to hear this happened, but unfortunately not surprised…..ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2016 - 9:07 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Well written and expressed Nancy. What a horrible experience. I know I would never be the same seeing such an inhumane act of violence toward another person. I feel sorry for the child too.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2016 - 11:21 pm

    Lizzi Lewis - Good grief! This is so shocking, but also relatable in very base human terms. We rage – we all do it – but when we’re weaponised (whatever it’s with), we’re dangerous.

    I’d dispair, but this has been the human condition for as long as there have been humans to perpetrate acts of violence against one another. It’s deplorable, and I’m glad there were witnesses, and that a system of justice exists for this situation.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 1:14 am

    Beeray - I am nothing compared to the 3000 pound machine. I am always reminding myself and loved ones, it’s nor worth testing fate when faced with a machine. The injuries sustained are far brutal than the one inflicting it behind wheels. We are made fragile.ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2016 - 7:33 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Beeray, so true. ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 11:03 am

    Stacie - Wow, this is terrible. How freaky that it would happen and that you were a witness. I hope the victim heals well.ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2016 - 11:23 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Stacie, it all seemed strange and serendipitous in the worst way. I hope she recovers, but she probably had a long, tough road ahead.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 12:24 pm

    Seraphina Maria - Holy fucking shit. I cannot believe how spiteful and horrible and murderous humans can be. What a horrible person.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 12:49 pm

    Danielle Dayney - Wow, this story is so unbelievable. People can heartless! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 12:53 pm

    Seraphina Malizia - Also I cannot believe the charges got dropped because a witness did not come forward. That is so upsetting. This person deserves to go to jail.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 1:08 pm

    Hema - Oh my God! What a horrible thing to witness. I don’t understand what pushes normal people to that level of cruelty! I sincerely hope the victim is coping. I hope you are too!ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2016 - 8:42 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Hema, I worry about the victim too, I imagine her recovery will be long, painful, and never complete.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Melony - It is such an unbelievable story but believable at the same time because I can feel what you felt through your words. I can’t believe anyone would do this. So heinous. I’m sorry you’ll have to live your life with this horrifying memory. And for the woman in the hospital.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    Ellen - This is shocking! Makes you wonder what has happened to humanity to make someone do that to someone else.ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    lisa - Whoa. Just whoa. So well written too. I mean, whoa.ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2016 - 8:43 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Lisa.ReplyCancel

I like the combination of broccoli and pasta, but the last time I made it for meatless Monday (or maybe it was meatless Sunday, or Thursday) I steamed the broccoli and it was disappointing. This time I decided to roast it, and the results were terrific. This is another of those dishes that doesn’t require […]

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  • May 31, 2016 - 1:42 pm

    Sarah - I love broccoli and with pasta. #winning Sounds delish!ReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2016 - 10:29 pm

    Reesa - Such a great way to enjoy meatless monday!ReplyCancel

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