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Take a peek at this selection of articles I have written.

ARTICLES ABOUT FOOD AND WINE

BookTrib.com

The donuts-for-Chanukah thing caught me by surprise, and now, having read Michael Krondl’s The Donut: History, Recipes, and More from Boston to Berlin, I understand why. When I was growing up, nobody in my Ashkenazi Jewish family ever mentioned Chanukah donuts. Potato latkes, yes—fried in oil to recall the time when the victorious Maccabees rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE; according to the story, the meager supply of oil there lasted for eight days, until more could be procured. But donuts for Chanukah? Nobody in my family knew from that. …

If Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook was merely a 600-plus-page compendium of 1,000 recipes covering the touchstone dishes of myriad ethnic cuisines, with tempting ideas for every meal of the day, every occasion and almost every ingredient, that would have been more than enough. But this newest book-spinoff of the eponymous foodie magazine is something more; it’s a bellwether of food culture in the United States. …

Let us now give thanks for pie. As Thanksgiving approaches, pie is much on our minds, especially if we’re the ones planning the menu. Of course we’ll have pumpkin and apple, but what else? Should we add pecan? Pear? Appease the chocoholics with chocolate-hazelnut? Tweak tradition with cranberry-caramel tart? ...

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

To most of us, Central Asia conjures images of craggy mountain ranges, arid deserts and vast grasslands pocked with primitive villages. But 2,000 years ago, this region was a veritable I-95 Boston-New York-Washington corridor for the ancient world, a 4,000-mile network of trade routes that served as the conduit for commercial, technological and political exchange. …

Relish

There’s a lot more to Italy than pizza and pasta. There’s also polenta. Corn was brought to Italy from the Americas by early European explorers, and it quickly became a staple, especially in hard times. Italian cooks transformed it into cornmeal, or polenta, and served it as a creamy mush or fried in chunks. …

The Home Monthly (Hersam Acorn Newspapers)

April is the cruelest month, or so the poet said. But that was before global warming did a number on the heat and humidity of the New England summer. Summer in the 21st Century can be pretty darn cruel, too, especially for the late-summer party-giver. Who wants to sweat over a hot grill when the temperature is 95 degrees and climbing? Still, you don’t want to miss the pleasure of inviting your dear ones over for a summer get-together. And if you do a little planning, you don’t have to….

The New York Times

Jacques Pepin was just a little ahead of his time. When the superstar of public television’s cooking lineup was a young immigrant chef in New York in the 1960’s, he enrolled at Columbia University, eventually going to the master’s degree level. But when he proposed a doctoral

Marion Bush handed the chef, Todd McGarvey, a plump, brown boletus edulis. ”Oh yeah,” he said, admiring the fragrant mushroom. ”We’ll use this with the veal we bought for today’s special, with a red wine sauce.”…

http://www.familytime.com

German wurst—sausage—often turns up on restaurant menus, and yet it’s great for at-home meals as well. Wurst is wonderful for summertime grilled meals. …

 

ARTICLES ABOUT HEALTH/HEALTH CARE/WELLNESS

 www.dLife.com (Your Diabetic Life)

A few years ago, if you went to the supermarket hoping to add fiber to your diet, you’d head for the produce department, canned beans section, or the cereal aisle. Today, you can also check the dairy, frozen, and baking sections, too — and practically any aisle in the store….

http://www.myassettag.com/blog/

I was sitting at my brother’s bedside in the ICU. An IV dripped silently as he dozed. Occasionally, if he stirred, a monitor beeped. Every so often, a nurse entered the room, scanned the bar-coded identification tag on his wrist and then scanned whatever it was she was administering—a new IV bag, a Heparin shot …

The New York Times

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, the PHP Healthcare Corporation of Reston, Va., and hundreds of Fairfield County health professionals have joined forces in a new company called Connecticut Health Enterprise. At a time when the rules of the health-care system are…

 

ARTICLES ABOUT LIFESTYLE/ PARENTING

The New York Times

At the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., families can help themselves to tote bags hanging in some of the galleries. Inside, they find felt-board collages that children can spread out on the floor, draw-your-own postcards in the landscape gallery and touchable wooden masks in the African gallery.

By Karen Berman

When I was growing up, it would have been hard to imagine the proliferation of cookbooks that offer today’s cooks instruction in the art of the family dinner. In the past few years, food personalities like Rachael Ray, Laurie David and Sara Moulton as well as other less prominent folk (myself included), have issued volumes on quick dinners, slow dinners, special dinners and everyday dinners.  Each author takes a unique approach to the subject of dinner, and each book offers its own charms.

– See more at: http://booktrib.com/2012/11/the-most-important-meal-of-the-day/#sthash.yVPEbtQ3.dpuf

Twelve years ago, Ann Holmes became a grandmother. It was an occasion of mixed emotions for the New Haven woman, whose eager anticipation was tempered by the circumstances surrounding the birth. Ms. Holmes said that her son, who was in the army, wanted to marry his child’s mother, but that she was ”on drugs,” and that she refused to marry him.  

By Karen Berman

When I was growing up, it would have been hard to imagine the proliferation of cookbooks that offer today’s cooks instruction in the art of the family dinner. In the past few years, food personalities like Rachael Ray, Laurie David and Sara Moulton as well as other less prominent folk (myself included), have issued volumes on quick dinners, slow dinners, special dinners and everyday dinners.  Each author takes a unique approach to the subject of dinner, and each book offers its own charms.

– See more at: http://booktrib.com/2012/11/the-most-important-meal-of-the-day/#sthash.yVPEbtQ3.dpuf

The Home Monthly

Of all the gifts we can give our kids, one of the greatest is to teach them to eat fruits and vegetables. Study after study has pointed to the benefits of making fruits and veggies a significant part of our diet. Doing so helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases like stroke and heart disease, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and some cancers. Eating plant foods increases our intake of nutrients like folate, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K — all of which, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are “underconsumed” in the United States. And most fruits and veggies are low in calories and fat, so you can eat lots without guilt.

Kids World

The editorial director seemed a bit perplexed by my question. “Sure, we’ve published a few cookbooks for kids, but they’re hard to sell, because, you know, kids can’t really cook.”

CTBites.com

I don’t remember any of my peers taking cooking classes when I was a kid, but the world is different now, what with the Food Network and all the other TV cooking shows, websites, special events and the general blossoming of our foodie culture. At the same time, it’s no…

 

ARTICLES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

http://www.myassettag,com/blog/

Ten preschoolers and 15 second graders arrived at Southport Beach in Fairfield, Connecticut, one cloudy morning recently, to take part in a wildlife tagging study. It was low tide as they made their way across the beach, scanning the sand for a glimpse of the brown, helmet-shaped shells that beachgoers up and down the eastern coast of North America know as the horseshoe crab. The crabs were in the middle of their annual spring breeding-season pilgrimage to shore; the kids’ mission was to tag them….

The majestic koa tree is one of Hawaii’s—and the world’s— natural wonders, but a century of logging and agricultural development has decimated that state’s tropical rainforests. One company is trying to bring the koa forests back, and they’re using RFID tags to do so. Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods is a hybrid enterprise—a for-profit corporation that has…

ARTICLES ABOUT ART

http://www.myassettag.com/blog/

When you look at a QR code, you likely see a collection of pixelated lines and shapes coded to label a product or a piece of inventory or equipment. When an artist like Guillermo Bert looks at the same QR code, he sees something entirely different. The mixed media artist had been incorporating various kinds of encrypted

 

ARTICLES ABOUT HOME DESIGN/DECOR

http://www.TheHomeMonthy.com

Saranda Berisa has what seems like a glamorous job designing interiors for high-echelon clients with no-holds-barred budgets. As director of interior design and decoration with New Canaan-based Wadia Associates, she gets to jet off to the Paris design shows to see all the newest, most beautiful products and trends. Her work takes her to the poshest corners of Fairfield County and New York, as well as Palm Beach and other playgrounds of the rich and famous. …

ARTICLES ABOUT BUSINESS/B2B/TECHNOLOGY

http://www.myassettag.com/blog/

Does your grandma use QR codes? If she’s over the age of 60, there’s more of a chance that she hasn’t. That’s not being snarky or ageist. To paraphrase the late great Richard Dawson, it’s what the survey says. A new study has found that older adults are only 13 percent as likely to have used QR codes as younger ones. The study, titled “Age Differences in the Knowledge and Usage of QR Codes,” was conducted…

Most consumers are familiar with Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), even if they don’t know it by that name. But who hasn’t seen—or been—that shopper who walks happily out of a department store with the security tag on a newly purchased garment still activated? Suddenly you’re stuck—deer-in-the-headlights style—while the tag triggers an eardrum-splitting tone that lasts

 

Multichannel Merchant

(Note: I wrote these pieces for Operations and Fulfillment Magazine, which was folded into its sister publication.)

Faced with constant pressure to fill orders quickly and accurately, distribution centers are turning to a dizzying array of technologies and strategies. One of the most popular is pick-to-light (PTL), which increases pickers’ ability to pick merchandise more quickly and accurately by…

He straps on a small wireless transmitter, adjusts a headset, and he’s off. Is he a salesman setting out on a road trip in a state that prohibits hand-held cell phones? Or perhaps a back-up singer for Madonna’s next tour? Or a call center rep? None of the above. He’s a picker in a…

The New York Times

The sun glistened on Long Island Sound one day last fall, as an unlikely group gathered on shore at the former Cilco Terminal on Bridgeport Harbor. Bankers, business people, civic leaders and even a few members of Congress, all in business attire, mingled with longshoremen in jeans…

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