|White and yellow peaches mixed|
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
The American Revolution, chocolate, and our national historic treasures—
When Jews immigrated to America in their ever-evolving diaspora, they were not allowed to have slaves, so they turned to trade. Chocolate was the commodity which played an integral role in the development of important Newport landmarks, and indeed, many of Rhode Island's most valued national historic treasures.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
New England Clam Chowder is a Rhode Island favorite hearty soup that feeds a crowd and comes from the sea, of course! An Ocean State original, made from quahogs...traditionally served after the "polar bear swim" on New Year's Day, this quahog clam chowder recipe is a keeper...
Sunday, April 10, 2016
When we built Linden Cottage in 1980, kitchen countertops were not a particularly trendy real estate selling tool as granite and marble kitchen countertop property must-haves are today.
Thinking "utilitarian, easy to keep clean and germ-free" with a family of six and an ever "revolving" kitchen door, we installed a stainless steel countertop.
While stainless steel can foster an industrial, modern feel, Linden Cottage is just the opposite, traditional and somewhat eclectic in design and decoration.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
This fruit strudel recipe is about the easiest breakfast treat or dinner dessert with a scoop of ice cream there is. Not much sugar and plenty of fruit wrapped in puff pastry from Pepperidge Farm. It reminds me of years ago when our daughter lived in California, we'd get this wonderful fresh strudel from a German bakery in Encinitas.
We awoke this second day of spring to snow here in Newport, so I decided to start baking.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Homemade healthy breakfast muffins are easier than you think and take no time at all. No electric mixer needed. Recipes for muffins are much like making pancakes. The wheat and oat muffins below are made from whole wheat flour, a little old fashioned oatmeal, fresh fruit, plain yogurt and not too much sugar. The perfect healthy strawberry and blueberry muffin to start your day.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
The St. Patrick's Day parade in Newport, RI, is a fine time to celebrate your Irish heritage or pretend to be from the Old Sod even for the day. But from the looks of this morning's police report in the Newport Daily News, we're more than happy to have spent these early spring days in the back perennial garden at Linden Cottage.
This past weekend was exceptional, a few rare glorious days in March, warm and sunny and perfect for clearing last year's spent foliage, because its clear to walk and rake freely and not crush any fresh green shoots just before the spring bulbs poke through the cold spring ground.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Newport, Rhode Island's classic colonial homes are gorgeous, but homes built before 1978 can require expensive updates to ensure their healthy livability. Although it looks much older by design, Linden Cottage, built in 1980 in the "Top of the Hill" historic estate neighborhood, does not have one ounce of lead-based paint.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Losing a much loved dog can break your heart, and this week, our family's collective heart was broken. Our daughter's family dog, Hazel, a Bernese Mountain dog, has visited so often, I felt like WE had lost her when she texted to say "Hazel just died," at 7:15 Sunday night. Even though life expectancy is relatively short for Bernese, we somehow thought Hazel would be super Bernese dog. She was a "super dog" just not in longevity. Our daughter wrote so poignant a message on Facebook, I cried once again and again and reading it now...again.