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June 28, 2017

The crisp, cobbler, crumble, grunt, slump or buckle. What do these all have in common? They are all fruit desserts baked with a sweet “pastry” topping.

They’re also the epitome of a fresh summer dessert — although I have been known to turn apples and pears into crisps in the…


Halibut fried fish sandwich plucked from British pubs

June 28, 2017

I love a deep-fried, puffy-battered fish sandwich, with a tempura-like coating, but I'm not doing that at home. That's for an indulgent summer seafood shack lunch, or if you're lucky enough to find yourself in a British pub.

But a great, pan-fried piece of fish can be yours with much less work, and…


Shrimp salad with spicy orange dressing is tasty summer dish

June 28, 2017

Summer's here and the time is right for summer salads gussied up with light proteins. Boiled shrimp is the perfect candidate, especially when it's paired with orange, avocado and mint, as it is here.

There is a problem, however; shrimp often becomes bland and chewy when it's boiled. In fact, all…


Difficult babies tend to run in Patsy's family

June 25, 2017

Over the years, I’ve heard various mothers brag about how their infants slept like little angels all through the night from the first week the wee ones went home from the hospital. Or how their babies were happy to be held by anyone, agreeable little darlings that they were.

Who are these…