PEELING POTATOES

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and things around here have finally calmed down. It all began Wednesday afternoon with the preparation for Thursday’s big dinner. The ingredients for the stuffing had been sautéed, the ‘first course’ soup bubbling on the stove. Pies baked and vegetables washed, the only thing left to do was peel the …

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SECRET OF THE ROUX

With the arrival of another Thanksgiving dinner, I am reminded of how things have changed. When I was a young mother with babies and cats, the preparation for the holiday seemed to take days. Scouring the newspaper ads for the various sales at the competing supermarkets was a week-long event, culminating with the Sunday paper …

A MESSAGE FROM SEN. MIKE NOZZOLIO

Beginning next April, a new state mandate will require every New Yorker to purchase new license plates over a two year period, whether they need one or not, at a cost of $25 per vehicle. The new plate requirement was included in the 2009-10 state budget enacted by Governor Paterson and New York City legislators …