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Mindy Trotta
Mindy Trotta spent many years as an editor behind a desk, and then
switched to working behind the oven as a pastry chef and owner of Now, having perfected the art of
multitasking, she is baking, working as an editor at, and blogging at The native New
Yorker/Californian, is now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
loves spending time with her husband and two grown sons.

Entries by Mindy Trotta

The Accidental Cruiser -- A Trip Through Bordeaux on a Viking Riverboat

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 9:12 AM

I am "cruise liner-phobic"--I have never been on one, I've got a fear of the water and I get seasick. But if you had seen me just a few weeks ago, sitting on the balcony outside my room on the Viking Forseti,enjoying the view of the water and the sound...

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Bettyville: A Writer Returns Home to Care for His Ailing Mother

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 4:55 PM

What is Bettyville? It's a place where "people pray for angels, where the Second Coming would be much preferred to tomorrow's sunrise." Once a thriving depiction of Americana, it is now "the world of the Dollar Store, the Big Cup, the carbohydrate, and the cinnamon roll." It's actually in Paris......

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Let Them Eat Cake, In Memory of Mike

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:33 PM

It wouldn't really be fair to judge someone's character based upon the number of people who show up at their funeral, but if a line of mourners forms at 4:00 p.m. and you can't see the end until 8:00 p.m., it's hard not to believe that whomever they're there for...

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Charoset Strudel for Passover, Oh My!

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:48 AM

At first mention of the news that Ben & Jerry's was now selling a Charoset-flavored Ice Cream in Israel, the idea sounded a little like a marketing ploy to me. But after giving it some thought, I realized that, while being pretty out of the box, Charoset-flavored "anything" is not...

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Book Review -- 'Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women'

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:24 AM

When your marriage ends, or someone dies, author Jacqueline Mitchard explains in her essay in Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, "people offer condolences, companionship and casseroles." But when you lose a friend, "no one much cares."

As I think about the host of books, screenplays and songs that have...

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'Paper Love': Uncovering a Family's Past

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:44 PM

My parents were never the type of people who kept elaborate photo albums that were filled with remembrances of days gone by. Both of them were Holocaust survivors and whatever images they managed to find or take on their own directly after the war were barely enough to fill two...

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Does Motherhood Ever Become Obsolete?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:24 AM

I'm not quite sure who first used the metaphor "nest" to refer to one's home, but that wise soul was really spot on. We'd often come across nests poking out from under the eaves of our house. If we were lucky, we'd see the papa bird getting it ready for...

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Cleaning and Decluttering During a Midlife Move

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:31 PM

With an upcoming move on the horizon, the very wet July 4th was taken as a sign that it was time to begin (purging!) packing. The last time we moved, three years ago, I had the Herculean task of consolidating (a whole load of crap!) beautiful things from many years...

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6 Surprising Things I Learned From A Visit To The ER

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 6:58 AM

I have a friend whose husband says she suffers from IDS... Instant Death Syndrome. In other words, she's a hypochondriac. I have been known to be affected with the same syndrome -- as a child, a headache often meant a brain tumor and a stomach ache meant acute appendicitis. It's...

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Mom's Fur Coat

(7) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:28 PM

My mom's fur coat had been hanging in my front closet ever since I moved her out to California six months before she died. When we want to get our very seldom-used cold weather coats out, we push it to the right, and when we want to get our luggage...

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Praying to the God of Plastic Covers

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:06 PM

I am embarrassed to admit it but I was raised by a woman who prayed to the god of plastic covers. My mom fancied herself something of a home design icon, and for some reason believed that unless every sofa, club chair, loveseat and cushion (no matter what shape or...

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Raise Your Hand If Letting Go Of Your Kid Is Easy... Anyone??

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:28 PM

There was a goodbye ritual that occurred at the end of every summer of my childhood...

As the cars, piled high with suitcases and summer paraphernalia, would begin to exit the parking lot of the bungalow colony where we had just spent the last two months, the owners of the...

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The Ups and Downs of Life in the Big City

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Ever since one of the most hated litigators on TV, Rosalind Shays, plummeted to her death down an elevator shaft on "L.A. Law," I've been a little leery of those big boxes. The thought of tumbling down into the depths of darkness totally freaks me out, so I...

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Cookies for a Koz: How One Woman Turned a Second Career Into a Very Sweet Business

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Roberta Koz Wilson didn't start out making cookies for a living. She graduated from UCLA and quickly rose through the ranks at MTV Networks. When she left her career in 2004, after much soul-searching and schedule juggling, she was the Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing.

While Roberta and...

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Father's Day Gift Guide

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Dad, Grandpa, Hubby... any man in your life might love to see a shoot 'em up film or go to a ball game on Father's Day, but those gifts don't rank very high on the creativity scale. We think our suggestions are just a little bit more outside the box,...

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Relocation Anxiety... it's Not Just for Humans

(5) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 7:41 PM

One of the hardest things about relocating from West Coast to East Coast, from house to apartment, from suburb to city was not my adjustment... it was dealing with the adjustment of Dashiell, my dog. As crazy as it sounds, that almost had me running for the hills... yes, the...

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Barbie Would Never Survive in My House

(12) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:02 PM

I loved Barbie -- I had a bright red case, lots of clothes, and, like so many of my peers, various other items and accessories that gave my Barbie a life I could only have wished for myself. When I was old enough to stop playing with Barbie, my mom...

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

(16) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Mother's Day will soon be upon us, and if you're still scratching your head over what to get your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister or friend on her day, here's a list of suggestions that will help you, and make her smile. (Because we all know that's ALL she wants on...

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Fantastic 50th Birthday Gift Ideas

(13) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 7:12 AM

We "women of a certain age" are dynamic, multidimensional women, with many interests. So, why do all those "dimensions" make buying gifts for us seem more challenging than wrestling with a pair of pantyhose on a hot and sweaty summer's day? When that special birthday is at hand, why are...

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Building A Legacy Without Regrets

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Henry Ward Beecher once said, "We sleep, but the loom of life never stops." I interpret that to mean that once we've reached our "eternal sleep," the patchwork that is life continues on. While I sincerely hope my time to meet that big "bakery in the sky" is a long...

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