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As all my regular readers know, I love to cook. For several years, you read my Cookin’ with Crain column. Many of you have purchased my cookbook, Vegetable Cooking, part of Globe Pequot Press’s Knack Make It Easy series. For me, cooking is both a hobby and a passion. I love to create delicio…

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This handsome boy’s name is Shadow. Shadow was surrendered to the shelter as his owner was no longer able to care for him. Shadow is a good boy who walks well on a leash and enjoys to play and be loved up.

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Five years ago, PBS aired the awards ceremony for the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The recipient was Tony Bennett, who, at 91, just might have been the world’s most resilient crooner. Yes, that’s an old word, crooner. It describes that type of singer whose flowing, …

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A few months ago, I had an annoying day. It began with the microwave going on strike. I wanted to heat up a frozen breakfast burrito, which would have taken a minute and a half. But something was wrong with the microwave. I couldn’t get it to start. OMG. Disaster! What was I going to do with…

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Ferdinand would like you to give him a loving home. Ferdinand is 1-2 years old and is being neutered this week. He is friendly and loves to go for walks. Ferdinand doesn’t seem to like cats, but doesn’t seem to mind other dogs. Ferdinand is house-broken and loves to please people.

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I have a very rare book.

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This guy is a bunch of happiness! He loves to run and play in the exercise area at the shelter. Actually, he kind of hops and prances! What’s his name? It is “Cuarte”. Cuarte is a two-year-old neutered male who weighs about 99 pounds. Cuarte is eager to please and knows a few basic commands.

Over the holidays, I enjoyed one of my favorite pastimes, watching old Christmas movies on TCM. I pretty much know them backwards and forwards–Christmas in Connecticut, The Bishop’s Wife, Holiday Inn, Holiday Affair, of course, A Christmas Carol and more. They’re mostly from the 1940s, when …