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Valentine's Day Meal
Posted Jan 31 at 10:34 PM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
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Make the people in your life feel special this Valentine’s Day. Treat them to a heartfelt dinner made with love. I’m preparing an old-fashioned favorite with a Valentine’s Day spin, and plating individual heart-shaped meatloaves as my main course. The entrée is homey, but a bit more special.  Make an event of it by chilling champagne, setting out your best china, roses and scattering conversation...
Patriots Game Tailgate
Posted Jan 10 at 1:57 PM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
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Never mind the forecast (what ice storm?), we’ve got just the post for those of you gearing up for the 2018 New England Patriots playoff game at Gillette this Saturday. Check out our 6 pregame tips for your tailgate, culled from our recent Christmas Eve outing at the Pats game. #1  Don that Gronk jersey and Brady-esque beanie. This is a no-brainer, but show your true colors by wearing Patriots...
The Perfect Cheese Board
Posted Dec 21 at 4:16 PM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Melanie Perillo
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(photo courtesy of Wasik's Cheese Shop) A well-turned cheeseboard is a go-to for me when I entertain. And I entertain a lot. Whether it’s a planned luncheon for 12, a shared glass of eggnog and snacks with neighbors, or an impromptu cocktail catch-up with guests from out of town—a cheese board is a menu mainstay for me. From about mid-December on, I keep ingredients on hand, so when an...
Exterior holiday decorations
Posted Dec 8 at 11:49 AM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
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I have always loved decorating my home for the holidays. I get into the spirit and joy of the season early and so does my family. I have raised my kids well; everyone helps me schlep countless boxes up from the basement, so I can deck the halls of my 1790s antique home with garlands, ornaments, stockings and collectibles.   The small rooms are cozy and bright, and, so I’m told, exceptionally...
Thanksgiving table setting
Posted Nov 20 at 4:03 PM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
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We’ve firmly landed on one of the biggest weeks on the home front and, if you’re like me, you’re busily preparing for Thanksgiving as well as pre- and post-bird festivities. This weekend, I worked on my Thanksgiving table, which was largely inspired by a recent night with family and friends at Barbara Lynch’s Stir, a combination demo kitchen, cookbook store and classroom. If you haven’t been, you...