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National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day


Dark chocolate-covered cashews

Dark chocolate-covered cashews

April 21 is National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. Sounds like another made up holiday for the benefit of merchants. But still, chocolate-covered cashews are definitely a decadent indulgence, at least worth eating a few today.
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Peeps for my peeps


A box of Peeps Donuts from Dunkin'

A box of Peeps Donuts from Dunkin’

Although I’m known in the office for baking homemade treats like Chocolate Almond Lace Cookies at Christmastime, when I saw a Dunkin’ Donuts ad for Peeps Donuts, I knew I had to get them for my co-workers.
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My crocuses have croaked


Crocus

A crocus that greeted me on Saturday. Now buried in snow.

Welcome to New England. Where it’s spring one minute and winter the next.
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Ephemeral Art: $11,000 Chocolate Egg


Jacques Torres is hoping to get $11,000 for his  New York City themed chocolate Easter egg.

Jacques Torres is hoping to get $11,000 for his New York City themed chocolate Easter egg.

Would you spend $10,000 for a chocolate Easter egg? How about $11,000? Pastry chef Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, is hoping to get at least that much for a 120-pound chocolate egg he decorated to look like the New York City skyline at night.
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Game of Thrones: Purple Wedding


Joffrey at his royal wedding on Game of Thrones. So extravagant. I heard the dessert is to die for.

Joffrey at his royal wedding on Game of Thrones. So extravagant. I heard the dessert is to die for.

There are Platinum Weddings where expense is the king, and then there are Purple Weddings where the king is expended. How do you write about season 4, episode 2, of Game of Thrones without including a major spoiler? You can’t. So consider this fair warning.
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RIP Steven Shaw


Steven Shaw doing what he did best. —Ellen Shapiro photo

Steven Shaw doing what he did best. —Ellen Shapiro photo

The food world is in a state of shock after learning of the death of Steven Shaw, a trailblazing foodblogger who founded the website e-Gullet. Steven, who went by the screen name “The Fat Guy” online as well as in print in publications such as Elle magazine, left our world much too soon.
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Canned what?


Nothin' says lovin' like possum from the oven, according to Aunt Tudi.

Nothin’ says lovin’ like possum from the oven, according to Aunt Tudi.

I’m always on the alert for good food that satisfies the soul, as well as the ticking dinner clock. Home cooks, such as myself, are busy these days, working long hours to make ends meet. So we welcome any opportunity that comes along to serve a nice hot meal, quickly and efficiently, to our hungry families.
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PERFECT


UConn Women Huskies. Practically perfect in every way. Make that totally perfect.

UConn Women Huskies. Practically perfect in every way. Make that totally perfect.

March Madness is now April Whoopin’ Gladness in Connecticut. The UConn Women proved they’re in a league of their own last night, as they trounced Notre Dame by a score of 79-58 to win the NCAA basketball title.
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CHAMPS!


Shabazz Napier celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament. — AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Shabazz Napier celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament. — AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Not exactly a cakewalk, but the UConn men fought hard against Kentucky to win the NCAA basketball tournament 60 to 54.
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Women’s NCAA: Battle of the Giants


UConn Women Huskies make it the NCAA Finals thanks to 75-56 win over Stanford. —John Woike/Hartford Courant photo

UConn women made it the NCAA Finals thanks to a 75-56 win over Stanford. —John Woike/Hartford Courant photo

It’s the Battle of the Giants. UConn (39-0) vs. Notre Dame (37-0) in the NCAA finals. The first time in NCAA basketball history that two unbeaten teams will play for the title.

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