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Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman was born on March 16, 1952 in New York City. She grew up on Long Island but, clearly a woman with excellent taste, she now resides in Boston. Alice earned her BA at Adelphi University before going on to achieve her MA at […]

Baron Forrester

Baron Forrester

After attending New Hampshire’s first-ever Craft Brew Conference, Eric and I decided to get Thai food on the way home. On the way to pick up our meals we walked by Baron Forrester, a little Hampton cheese shop I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit, […]

Frozen Pizza Tastes like Failure

Frozen Pizza Tastes like Failure

I was recently asked for website advice by two people (WordPress, definitely WordPress) and I thought to myself, “hold up a minute, don’t I have a website?” I do and it’s been seriously neglected over the last few months—I can explain.

I am a Project Manager at Vital Design and I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have that position. This post alludes to frozen pizza and that’s because I’ve been eating a lot of it and haven’t felt great about it. Forget frozen pizza though, allow me to sound as though I’ve been drinking The Kool-Aid.

I applied to Vital five times before being asked to interview. I started out in the digital marketing and web development industry as an office manager and worked my way up—it was not easy and I take my career very seriously. I was lucky to have a number of spectacularly supportive mentors along the way including, Adam Vicinus, Andrew Bourne, Nicole Simard, and Drew Trafton to name a few, but I worked hard to get where I am and I’m not done yet.

I wanted to work for Vital because it is a phenomenal company. We work incredibly hard for our clients every day, not just 9-5 Monday to Friday—every day. We respond on nights, weekends, and holidays. For example, if your site goes down at 2:00am on Christmas day, we’ll be spending some quality time together until it’s back up—that was before my time, but it’s a real-life example that I’ve heard my co-workers discuss.

We don’t just work hard, we do so in a very particular way. As a new employee it’s my goal, not only to care for and manage my clients’ projects as if they were my own, but to learn to do so in that very particular way in order to provide the best possible support. My clients deserve this very particular level of service and my team and company deserve someone willing to go the extra mile.

Long story short, I want to be a team player and a credit to my company, so I’ve been busy learning from some of the best and brightest people in this industry. That meant a few sacrifices—some late nights, some re-allocated free time, and, as a result, I’ve been cooking a little less and reading mostly industry-related material.

The good news is, I’ve been with my amazing new company for four months now, I’ve learned a lot (and will continue to do so) and things are going well! Sure, there will still be long nights and busy weeks, there will be times when I’ll have to put my own projects, like Novel Fare, aside. The difference is, I think I’ve found my rhythm and I’m ready to get back in the kitchen!

For the Birds, with Love

For the Birds, with Love

I didn’t save a seagull today. Actually, I didn’t even see what happened. I was driving home from work on Friday night, right before the start of the Labor Day weekend, when I saw traffic trying to get past a woman in the street; then […]

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Some books make you want to be a better person, a little more quiet, and a little more kind. The kind of person who knows that size and strength are not the same thing. A Man Called Ove is one such book. At first encounter, […]

Thai Iced Coffee

Thai Iced Coffee

Welcome to Novel Fare!

Welcome to Novel Fare!

Today was a pretty spectacular day. My house was exceptionally clean—which is always awesome; the weather was gorgeous; I got to take my fancy new Catch Surf beater board out for her maiden voyage; I started reading a new book; and my amazingly-significant-other and I […]

Rosemary’s Cheese Sandwich

Rosemary’s Cheese Sandwich

I respect all of you too much to explain how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich a second time, so I’m not illustrating this post. Also, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t super excited about making this sandwich. For one, the ingredients are: bread […]

Thai Iced Coffee

Thai Iced Coffee

While I wouldn’t recommend drinking it on a daily basis due to the sugar content, thai iced coffee is a delicious and easy once in a while treat. It’s sweet, refreshing on a hot day, and goes exceptionally well with chocolate chip banana muffins. I found the original recipe on the KitchenAid blog, The Kitchenthusiast.


Ingredients

  • Coffee (whole bean or ground)
  • Water (filtered)
  • Coffee ice cubes
  • Condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Make coffee
    I’m not actually certain that I do this the right way, so I feel like a bit of a heel explaining it.
    My SO is exceptionally particular about it though so here’s my best shot. Either grind the coffee beans or use pre-ground beans and put it in a french press. Heat the filtered water to 190°ree;F, pour it over the coffee, stir well, and let it steep for ~5 minutes. Then depress the press and pour it into a glass jar and refrigerate overnight.Alternately, you could also do cold brew coffee overnight. In that case, you’d refrain from heating the water, pour it over the coffee, and press it in the morning. The recipe I found recommends pouring hot coffee directly over ice, but I’ve never had great luck with that.
  2. Fill a glass with coffee ice cubes
    Rather than dumping your leftover coffee, get in the habit of making ice cubes out of it. That way when they melt, you get some bonus coffee.
  3. Add the condensed milk
    I never actually measure this out, or the amount of coffee I use for that matter, so I say just start with a spoonful and add more if necessary.
  4. Pour & enjoy
    This step is pretty self-explanatory. Pour the coffee over the ice cubes and milk, give it a stir so the milk has a chance to dissolve into the coffee, and drink up!

Thai Iced Coffee

June 25, 2017
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: Easy

Sweet, simple & refreshing. Thai iced coffee is an excellent once-in-a-while treat.

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Ingredients
  • Coffee (whole bean or ground)
  • Water (filtered)
  • Coffee ice cubes
  • Condensed milk
Directions
  • Step 1 Grind the coffee beans or use pre-ground beans and put it in a french press. If you’re using an electric coffee maker, use about 2 tbsp of coffee and 4 c of water.
  • Step 2 Heat the filtered water to 190°ree
  • Step 3 F, pour it over the coffee, stir well, and let it steep for ~5 minutes.
  • Step 4 Once the coffee is ready, depress the plunger, pour the coffee into a glass jar and refrigerate overnight.
  • Step 5 Alternately, you could also do cold brew coffee overnight. In that case, you’d refrain from heating the water, pour it over the coffee, and press it in the morning.
  • Step 6 Fill a glass with coffee ice cubes and add the condensed milk. Start with about a 1/2 tbsp per serving and add more if desired.
  • Step 7 Pour the coffee over the ice cubes and milk, give it a stir so the milk has a chance to dissolve into the coffee, and drink up!
Rosemary’s Baby: Spaghetti & Clam Sauce

Rosemary’s Baby: Spaghetti & Clam Sauce

There’s a scene in Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby that reminds me of my Dad. That’s strange, I know, but spaghetti with clam sauce is his favorite dinner and we had it once a week when I was a kid. In the book, right after Terry […]