A family treasure: Nana’s Sponge Cake

Nana's Sponge Cake, a century-old recipe.

Finally, after years of talking about this special sponge cake … we found the family sponge cake recipe!  It is a recipe our mom has been raving  about for years. Every time we ask her a question about any cake recipe we write about, she always says, “I wish I could find Nana’s sponge ...

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Relax with some old favorites

It's A Wonderful Life.

With a hectic holiday weekend ahead, watching a movie may be just the ticket to some by-the-fire relaxation. Here are a few favorites on broadcast and cable television this weekend. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) What would the holidays be without a chance to savor this classic from director ...

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Into the Woods captures the Sondheim magic

Meryl Streep as the witch in Into the Woods.

Yes, Into the Woods can still sing. On its inspired journey from stage to screen, this musical from Stephen Sondheim retains all of its magic from the stage as it transforms into a rich visual experience. Rather than recreate the theatricality of the original, director Rob Marshall reimagines ...

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Escape from ‘Black Friday’ at Macedonia Brook

The view southwest from Cobble Mountain. —Rob McWilliams photo

My wife suggested that my column this month begin with a nightmare. In this nightmare I would be dressed for hiking, down to my pack and trekking poles. And I would be walking, though dazed by bright lights and a thousand voices. I’d be jostled by other people who were walking, running even, ...

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A holiday gift for anglers from DEEP

Seasonal hatchery maintainer Glen Somogie with one of the 400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout being stocked this December by DEEP. This fish was stocked into Highland Lake earlier this week.

400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout to be stocked in time for the Holidays Fish average 15 pounds each For the angler who enjoys winter fishing, Connecticut s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Inland Fisheries Division has begun stocking approximately 400 broodstock ...

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A happy, healthy holiday?

Citrus contributes to a healthy life, especially in winter.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo Finding peace and good will towards our fellow men and women ...

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A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

The cast of Christmas Eve at Earlene’s Diner, playing through Dec. 21, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury.

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. ...

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