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Treats for the Heat

Cream of Blue Crab and Wild Mushroom Bisque Fortunate culinarians have a source from which to gather wild mushrooms. If you are not one of these lucky few, there is always the supermarket.  When wild mushrooms are unavailable, dried ones reconstituted…

Mike at the Movies

Minions (PG) ***** My beautiful movie-going partner and I work together. “What did he say?” is a frequent aside. In the case of the Minions, my answer would have to be, “This time, you’re on your own, Baby!” Comprehension is…

Mike at the Movies

Ted 2 (R) ***** Sorry, but juvenile as the humor is in “Ted 2” (like it was in the original “Ted”), this is a film that has the longest, biggest laughs of the summer. Seth MacFarlane, who wrote, directs and…

Gifts My Parents Never Gave Me, Part II

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Nora Caplan inherited her father’s nose and eyes.

For most of my father’s life he was a specialty grocer and restaurateur. He had acquired a knowledge of how and where to purchase the best and freshest produce, meat, canned goods—every kind of quality food that customers expected in…

Mike at the Movies

Spy (R) **** This turned out to be a very funny movie. The first third is chuckles as Melissa McCarthy settles us into her role as a CIA agent without skills. She is the telephonically hooked-up lookout for her crush,…

Mike at the Movies

Tomorrowland (PG) **** George Clooney does a masterful job of ensemble performance here, allowing a strong younger cast to shine from beginning to end. Led by American Britt Robertson as Casey, and Brit Raffey Cassidy as Athena from the Future,…

‘Florence Gordon’ Written by Brian Morton

Florence Gordon, the character, might be one of your least favorite protagonists ever. She’s a grouchy, self-involved, rude know-it-all. But “Florence Gordon,” the book, might well become one of your favorites anyway, as it has for me. It has introduced…