Rona Boyer

Millbrook will soon boast a state-of-the art 6000 square foot fitness center when Pulse Fitness and Corso (currently in Salt Point) merge to take over Pulse's entire building on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Church Street. The two former competitors have combined forces to offer an array physical fitness options featuring seven certified trainers and eleven certified group fitness instructors.

November 19, 2014 

Since the Variety Store next to the Post Office has closed Marona's now sells The New York Times and The Daily News, Millbrook Floral Design offers balloons and greeting cards (including boxed Christmas cards) and as previously reported Punch will take in your dry cleaning. The Millbrook Pharmacy has also added greeting cards, chocolates and candles to their inventory. 

Village Wine & Spirits on Front Streets is conducting wine tastings of suggested Thanksgiving wines on Saturday, November 22nd and Wednesday Nov 25th from noon to 7pm.

Former Millbrook resident, Melanie Michon recently celebrated the 6th anniversary  of her HappyTails pet care business in nearby Pleasant Valley .Still providing her Millbrook clientelle with dog walks, pet sitting, "Pawjama" parties pet taxi and pet related errands. Speaking of pets, the new Groomingdale's boutique is  "thrilled with the reception from Village residents". They are "learning from our customers the types of items they are interested in and making orders to carry them.  It is heart warming to be able to have a small store in the Village we call home".

If you are looking for a family-friendly restaurant with copious portions of home-cooked food, you will now find it on Old Route 22 in Wingdale. But if you are thinking of Friday or Saturday night—better reserve. It was packed when we were there. Owner Joe Ceci greets customers with a welcoming smile, as if we were his personal guests, not paying customers. It must be due to his long and successful background in country-club management, where every customer is a part owner of the club. The eclectic menu includes Italian American dishes (especially the meatballs—a delicious family recipe that even Gerard loved!), burgers, steaks, and more European dishes, such as the incredible pork shank served with sauerkraut, which I had.
Let me start by complimenting you on the book. It is very entertaining and filled with humor, recipes and practical advice.  What is your connection to Millbrook? I grew up in Millbrook. I went to Dutchess Day School. My mother, Maris Van Alen still lives here. How did you end up in Charleston? I married Pierre Manigault (since divorced) and moved there in 1994. What makes Charleston such a great place? It’s one of the few cities that Sherman did not burn down., so it still has ante bellum architecture. There is the "Old and Historic District" which is very walkable. Many great restaurants, lots of festivals to bring in tourists yet you can be deep in the country within 30 minutes.
Very trendy in great bars and restaurants around the world, the infused ice cube is ready for home use.  It simply consists of freezing herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, purees or juices with water in your ice cube tray.  Such cubes are a creative addition to cocktails for as they melt they impart more and more of their flavors into the drink.  For example, King & Duke in Atlanta created the "Bloody Buck", which uses venison broth ice cubes to impart a rich, meaty flavor into a cocktail of vodka and house-made Bloody Mary mix that's garnished with house-aged Angus beef jerky. More simply many bars and restaurants are making bloody Mary ice cubes and blood orange ice cubes to cool down Bloody Marys and Mimosas without watering down the drinks. There is no limit to the possible combinations, but here are a few that are easy to make at home with or with or without vodka, tequila or gin. They can be used to add excitement to an afternoon's ice tea, lemonade or plain water. - coconut water with pieces of fresh pineapple - water with pieces of apple and jalapeno
I can easily grate cheese (also chocolate and vegetables) and toss the grater into the dishwasher with this handy $10 grater from OXO. Its bi-directional, sharp stainless steel blades makes for fast, easy grating Its soft, comfortable, non-slip grip gives me better control while grating than old fashioned graters
By Rona Boyer Five generations of Arnoffs have been moving, packing, crating, rigging, storing, importing and exporting goods for Hudson Valley residents and companies for ninety years. "Our first location was Lakeville, Connecticut, where my great-grandfather had a truck. Weekenders took to asking him to pick up an antique piece they had purchased and bring it into the house— 'you will see the empty spot in the living room where it belongs,' they would say," explained Mike Arnoff, the current president of Arnoff Moving & Storage. "He established trust. He was totally reliable and took extra special care of their fine art and antiques. He became expert, and his reputation spread to Sharon, then Millbrook and the rest of the Hudson Valley.
I have always loved cucumbers and was delighted to learn that in addition to being refreshing and delicious (and low in calories), they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (like many fruits and vegetables). Moreover, they contain three powerful "lignans" that research indicates can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and several cancer types (breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate.) So I have vowed to eat a cucumber a day. For that reason I have collected a number of ways to consume this virtuous fruit (which, like tomatoes, we tend to think of as a vegetable.) But first some tips about cucumbers: Cucumber tips
No one can slice as consistently by hand as you can with a mandoline, quickly and easily making paper-thin or thicker slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, and so on. They come in plastic or stainless steel. I have seen prices from $22 to $200, depending upon how many extra functions you want. But if you want to make many of these cucumber recipes easily, quickly and beautifully, this is a kitchen essential. (Be sure to get one with a vegetable holder—and use it, because without it, the mandoline slices fingers very well, too.)
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