The Winter Issue of Gently Read Literature

GRL Winter 2014


Here is the Winter 2014 issue of Gently Read Literature, which includes my review of the latest from Luanne Rice, The Lemon Orchard.

Mozilla and the Mobile Web

I wrote this for Digital Life and Learning, a journal at Post University where I teach legal studies to undergrads.  Much has happened on this topic since I first wrote it.

Gently Read Literature, Fall 2013

This is an excellent journal. It was fun to do a couple of book reviews for them of short story collections.

Gently Read Literature

The Fall 2013 issue of Gently Read Literature is available now. Take a look at the contents listed below and if this sounds like a good line up to you, you should probably subscribe.

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(Critic, Author, Work)

4—Caroline Crew: On Male Privilege, The Exorcist, & Women Writers Who Won’t Step Down

7—Sophfronia Scott: The Making of a Classic, Review of Pamela Erens The Virgins

14—Alyssa Jocson: Forever Quirky and Fantastically Flawed and Ridiculous, Review of Madeline McDonnell Penny, n.

16—Jaime Boler: Think Twice Before Opening Boxes, Review of Norah Labiner Let the Dark Flower Blossom

20—Suzanne Hard:…

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Locavorish: Colchester Trifecta

This summer at the Connecticut Wine Festival in Goshen, we had the pleasure of sampling cheese from Cato Corner Farm in Colchester.  We adored their Bloomsday.  So today we set out in search of more of this tasty cheese.

Harry's Place in Colchester, CT

But before arriving at the farm store, we made a stop for lunch at that Connecticut institution – – Harry’s.  Harry’s has amazing chili dogs, using Connecticut-made Mucke’s hot dogs, and wonderful burgers. You can even get them with sauteed mushrooms and onions.  Mmmm…..  Harry’s is a drive-in with an abundant assortment of picnic tables for outdoor dining.  Better get there soon before they close for the season.

Cato Corner Farm Cheese in Colchester, CT

Then it was off to the Cato Corner Farm for a little shopping.  We were able to do a tasting of the six cheeses they had available and purchased wedges of three, including their distinctive Womanchego.

To top off the trifecta, we swung by the Colchester Bakery, another nutmeg state landmark, and purchased a loaf of the pumpernickel rye.  Next time we find ourselves in Colchester, we will have to include a stop at Priam Vineyards.

Harry’s Place
194 Broadway
Colchester, CT 06415
860. 537-2410
Open 11-8pm

Cato Corner Farm

178 Cato Corner Rd
Colchester, CT 06415-2402

(860) 537-3884

The Cheese Room Store is open every
Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm

Colchester Bakery
96 Lebanon Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415

Priam Vineyards

11 Shailor Hill Road
Colchester, CT 06415-2510
(860) 267-8520

Guest-blogging my Gazpacho Recipe at Cooking to Save- yum!

I’m guest-blogging today at my friend Susan’s blog, Cooking to Save, where you can find my recipe for  one of my favorite summer dishes, gazpacho.  We’ve had a great season with our CSA share from George Hall Farm in Simsbury, CT, and a recent haul, including some exceptionally sweet carrots, inspired me to write down my gazpacho recipe.  You will love it!  Find it here.

I’m Guest Blogging at Cooking to Save Today!

While my friend Susan takes a blogging break for some family time prior to her first born’s college launch, I am posting to her fabulous food blog at about my first kitchen adventure with tomatillos.  See you there!

The inspiration for my Citrus Cilantro Shrimp with Tomatillos recipe

Traveling with Teens: Paris

While our teens generally make for well-behaved and pleasant company, visiting lots of museums while suffering from a bit of jet lag has brought out a few groans. The trick to keeping things cheerful seems to be regular breaks for food. En route from our hotel to the Louvre we stopped at a Salon de The to fortify ourselves with croissants before exploring the many wings of the massive museum.  After navigating the collection, and the multiple swaths of tour groups, we ventured out to the Tuileries garden, and then to a table at the Terasse de Pomone for salads and sandwiches. One in our party had expressed a craving for a Croque Monsieur and apricot juice and these items figured prominently on the menu, along with an outstanding citron presse.  A tall glass containing a couple of ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice was served along with packets of sugar and a carafe of water- a hit.

Next we paid a visit to Monet’s magnificent water lilies at the Orangerie, and also their current Paul Klee exhibit. While half of our group found the Klee to be an outstandingly curated collection, well-balanced between history, information and artwork, the other half needed a modest antidote to a mild case of museum overexposure. This we found outside the museum in the form of a foot-long segment of baguette, swabbed with mustard and stuffed with a hot dog- a classic.

We continued our walk, across the Place de la Concorde, stopping to discuss relevant history- both the French Revolution and The Devil Wears Prada. Then along the Champs Elysee, en route to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  To prepare for the rigors of the climb, we made a pit stop at Laduree. Our offspring decisively selected a dozen of the renowned macarons in such flavors as caramel, rose, coconut and, of course, chocolate and vanilla. We took the lovely package of cookies out to a bench on the Champs and made short work of its contents.  Thus refueled, we made our way to the top of the Arc for a spectacular, and well-earned, view of beautiful Paris.