A blizzard of Christmas joy in Waterbury

Winds howl and snow flies, as a full-fledged blizzard rages just outside Earlene’s Diner on Christmas Eve. Earlene’s Diner has run into tough times and is about to be demolished but it proves to be a last-minute haven for an entire group of talented performers who are trying to make it to St. Francis Church for a nationally televised Christmas … read more

Counting down to Christmas with films

What a great way to count down to the holidays than with favorite movies available on broadcast and cable television. There’s something for everyone in this weekend’s lineup. Take a look. The “Sing-along” Sound of Music (1965) Back in 2000, at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, this all-time favorite musical reinvented an entertainment phenomena once the exclusive territory of The … read more

Inherent Vice explores the hunger for escape

Yes, Paul Thomas Anderson has a sense of humor. After creating one absorbing drama after another — from Magnolia to There Will Be Blood to The Master — Anderson reminds us how funny he can be when he chooses to chill. With the irreverent Inherent Vice, this director in search of meaning entertains his way through the Southern California idiosyncrasies … read more

Baby Biscotti with Brandied Chocolate Dipping Sauce

As the holiday quickly approaches, the choice of which cookies to make is overwhelming. There are so many recipes to choose from and every family member has a different request! There are the nut- and fruit-filled cookies, sugar-crusted or a thick-frosted cutout, even boiled cookies! We find ourselves going back to our roots and bake up a perfect batch crunchy … read more