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Soapstone – What’s Old is New Again

By Steven V. Philips – For counters and sinks, soapstone is making a big comeback. In the April issue of F&M, I credited the renowned Professor Soapstone from Vermont Granite, Marble, Slate AND Soapstone, as the expert who answered my antique soapstone sink construction question. I might note that this inside information crowned me as …

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Let This Sink In

By Steven V. Philips – As a wee tyke, in the summers I’d get to stay at Grandpa Philips’ farm in northern Connecticut. They lived in a late 1800s farmhouse. It had an outhouse, but the kitchen was inside. Equipped with a cast-iron wood (really) burning stove. Ceiling grates allowed heat into the bedroom overhead, …

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Restaurant Trends Destined for Your Kitchen

By Marsha Fottler – If you eat out a lot, and we food writers do, various trends begin to emerge in restaurants both haute and humble. Eventually, the best of them work their way into your kitchen so trend spotting in restaurants is something well worth your time. Some of these trends are on the …

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Special Tool Delivery – Mailbox in the Garden

By Steven V. Philips – The Philips Estate is quite extensive and I am quite forgetful. OK. Only the latter is true and due to that, I often found myself out in the garden being sneered at by a suddenly crazed weed or a dead branch that appeared since sunrise. Really, just since sunrise. It …

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Kitchen Equipment Trends

By Marsha Fottler – Moroccan cooking is having a moment. It happens every few years because the cuisine of Morocco is always delicious and fairly accessible to home cooks now that global spices are available in local markets and online. When each renaissance occurs, this culinary trend always creates a product demand for the tagine. …

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Open and Shut Case

By Steven V. Philips – Kitchen knobs, pulls and handles. They’re all supposed to help you easily open doors, drawers or cabinets. There are probably more variations on this hardware item than there are TV cable options but, like the buggy-whip channel, some are more appropriate than others. The best knob or pull is one that …

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Kitchen Trends for 2013

By Marsha Fottler – Because of the still-struggling economy, kitchen renovations have stayed on the budget-friendly side during the past few years making trends difficult for the average homeowner to embrace. For instance, remodeling by going “green” is a concept that most Americans support until the numbers come in. Going green is generally more expensive, …

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Decorated Holiday Garden

By Steven V. Philips – Remember hanging up there with them? Usually starting in November but maybe even October. Or worse, they’re still hanging there from last year? Hanging up what, ask you? Strings of lights along the eaves of the house, and/or branches of the trees, on small bushes or the dog’s collar. And …

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Autumn Food Pleasures and More

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Fall is here! I can start bundling up in cozy sweaters, break out my long-neglected boots and drink hot beverages in the afternoon. I love Fall. Even though I’m a Connecticut Yankee by birth and spent glorious autumns in New England growing up, going to culinary school there and owning …

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