Apple Tart Topped with Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

Paul Versluis

Director of Photography for Lifestyle Publications, photographer at 8183 studio, 8183studio.com

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging. Honey is also very…

BE YOUR BEST BY 2017

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

From the Recipe Box of Amy Rosa

Preheat grill to medium heat. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and grill each side until lightly browned, roughly 1-2 minutes per side. OR Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown. Remove bread from grill (or oven) and rub cut side of garlic clove on 27 slices.

The Things We Collect

In the lobby of the library in my neighborhood, there is a square glass-topped display case with the intriguing sign “Things People Collect.” It draws me every time I'm there, to peek into the curious favorites of other people’s keepiness. I have dawdled over marbles in every color and pattern, vintage ceramic flower planters shaped like lambs and ponies, and…

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is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…

Food Ruts Can Happen Anywhere

Imagine an early evening in the 1970s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…

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HOME

To those of us who can rattle off the phone number of the first home they lived in, (Willow2-1604) the pull of memory can be powerful and bittersweet. It can shape all our future place wishes, and rarely fades with time.

When Fetching Beer Gets Complicated

Wait. That doesn’t sound right. I don’t even drink this popular beverage—never acquired a taste—but I am indeed going through a beer-related crisis. It all started at a fundraising event, too many months ago. An item at the silent auction table caught my husband’s eye—a gift certificate for his favorite local brewery. It offered the ultimate temptation: “A Special Four-Case…

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One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Government Jam

I’m an avid gardener. Avid, meaning ‘enthusiastic,’ not ‘successful.’ I shouldn’t say that. I’m great with herbs and this year, my squash and tomatoes are all blooming nicely. The wait for fresh produce became a bit too tiring and I stumbled upon something to make the time pass more quickly.

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I’ve always been one of those “travel light” snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other. Pre-flight, I always notice overburdened pilgrims lined up at the check-in cattle pens. They stand there, motionless, waiting to weigh in their Samsonite beasts. I…

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The $70 Tomato

I come from a long line of green thumbed people. Both sets of my grandparents had large vegetable gardens. My paternal grandmother always had multiple varieties of African Violets decorating her living room and even grew rare Lady's-slipper orchids outside her front door. Gosh, I wish I could be like them. Unlike my talented relatives, my knack for growing things…