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MARION NICOLAY

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  • Guest column: How would you spend that million? Published 06/09/2013 at 4 a.m.

    'Wheel of Fortune' remark makes me wonder ...

  • Guest column: Hail the heart snowbirds; a pox on the others Published 04/14/2013 at 4 a.m.

    Guest commentary

  • From Russia with love: Island visitor cooks up authentic foods for friends Published 09/17/2010 at 1:25 p.m.

    Seldom have diners been treated to a more unusual and delicious repast than the one Margareta Timbur prepared for five of her friends recently. Margareta is from Moldova, a country which used to be part of the USSR. “I’m from ...

  • Povlows’ Marco home gleams in warm tones and bay reflections Published 02/19/2010 at 4:53 p.m.

    Irv and Beth Povlow’s spacious, multileveled home echoes the majesty of its cathedral ceiling: their foyer/great room rises to an impressive height of 24 feet, with tall columns mirroring those at the entryway. The entire house is similarly grand in ...

  • History in Motion: Bring treasures and trash, they might be worth cash Published 02/02/2010 at 9:26 a.m.

    Tomorrow is the day you may discover that the dusty old vase you’ve been using to store chopsticks is worth a small fortune – or perhaps the chopsticks are ivory from the Ming dynasty

  • Santa stops here: Each December, the Masters’ home on Marco is devoted to Saint Nicholas Published 12/10/2009 at 8:10 p.m. 1 Comment

    Walk into Jerry and Mary Helen Masters’ house in December and you will think you’ve been transported to the epicenter of holiday spirit. The doorbell plays carols, and from the holiday décor on the outside to every last corner indoors, ...

  • Resting Easy: Marco couple built their dream house without nightmares — and with lots of custom work Published 10/01/2009 at 8:04 p.m.

    Generally ask a person about building their own home and the word “nightmare” comes out. For Alan and Linda Sandlin of Marco Island, however, the word is “dream.” “Most people who build their homes talk about what a trial it ...

  • At Home: Rooms with a view ... Marco penthouse turned outward Published 06/26/2009 at 5:05 p.m.

    “It’s almost like living on the roof of the world,” remarks Bonnie Woodward of the penthouse she shares with her husband Craig at the South Beach condominium on Marco Island. “There are balconies on almost all sides with wrap-around views ...

  • Marco’s Christmas changes over the years Published 12/21/2008 at midnight

    Many people were responsible for developing the holiday celebrations we know here today. Two people who were prominently involved were Marion Blomeier and Dawn Norgren, and this is the way it came about.

  • Drama is no child’s play Published 10/31/2008 at 12:34 p.m.

    Every town deserves a community theater and Marco Island is indeed fortunate to have the Marco Players.

  • No stones, please: Stan Saran’s glass house in Marco shows off his art, etchings, sense of humor Published 10/24/2008 at 7:03 p.m.

    Stan Saran has to have the only powder room on Marco Island that’s also an art gallery. That’s because his entire home is a showcase for art — some of which he has created himself.

  • History in Motion - Oct. 14, 2008 Published 10/14/2008 at 5:59 p.m.

    A recent speaker for the society was Felix Maceguani Rodriguez, who traces his heritage back to Ciboney/Calusa ancestors — his wife Abigail is descended from the Taino tribe. Taino and Arawak Indians lived in the pre-Spanish Caribbean islands such as ...

  • Vanishing breed: Handmade furnishings hard for novice, but offer pride and individuality Published 08/01/2008 at 7:05 p.m.

    A real estate agent would say that the Home on Marco Island where Pat and Jack Willer live has curb appeal. It’s a stilts house, also known in the trade as Old Florida architecture, copied from homes built long ago ...

  • Renaissance in the sky: Tom Cinquini’s condo showcases his interests — balcony gardening to music-making Published 06/13/2008 at 11:52 p.m.

    The word eclectic is much overused in the field of decorating and home furnishings, but if ever a Florida condominium deserved the term it’s the one owned by Tom Cinquini on south Marco Island. From a gleaming kitchen and a ...

  • Memories saved, memories made Published 05/17/2008 at 9:44 a.m.

    The Appels of Marco Island have been traveling for years, and the home reflects their many trips: paintings from Italy, France, Mongolia and Vietnam hang above chests and cabinets from Egypt, Korea and China.

  • Cuisine: ‘Pickles to Relish’ Jamlady scores another hit Published 05/06/2008 at 1:03 p.m.

    Many of you will remember Bev Alfeld from her first volume, “The Jamlady Cookbook,” in 2005. This month Pelican Publishing is releasing her second one, “Pickles to Relish,” chock-full of good recipes and her usual tips, tricks, charts and other ...

  • Cuisine: Wining and dining — an art Published 04/10/2008 at 5:10 p.m.

    If asked to think of businesses identified with New England, most people wouldn’t mention wineries. Yet, on a tour of Rhode Island last fall, we were taken to two such establishments and found them making very good wines.

  • Cuisine: Flavors from the heights Published 04/03/2008 at 8:52 a.m.

    I started reading Three Cups of Tea because somebody mistakenly told me it was a cookbook. Wrong. It’s a biographical tale of Greg Mortenson’s adventures written with David Relin, and a story of a true humanitarian journey.

  • Cuisine: Sue’s the Sweetest Girl in town Published 03/19/2008 at 4:28 p.m.

    I have never made any secret of my love for candy, and have often written about it in this column. I grew up on Bunté Tango Bars and chocolate-covered cherries, both of which seem to be scarce or nonexistent now, ...

  • Cuisine: Hang a Muldoon on your wall… Published 03/12/2008 at 2:42 p.m.

    While you whip up one of his great recipes... Stephen Muldoon is a Marco resident who also happens to be an exciting and nationally acclaimed artist. He works in oil on canvas and executes murals as well. His work is ...

  • Cuisine: Beef and crackers— not a dish, an occupation Published 03/05/2008 at 1:02 p.m.

    The first cattle known in North America were brought ashore — in what is now Sarasota — by the Spaniards in 1521. The scene can only be imagined!

  • Cuisine: Why on Earth is she saving those? Published 02/27/2008 at 3:49 p.m.

    Some people collect stamps or coins, which probably have real value. I hoard cookbooks, and have been doing so since 1950. Even after getting rid of some when we moved to Marco Island (a mistake, I now think), I still ...

  • Cuisine: “I’ll meet you at the diner” — An American institution endures Published 02/20/2008 at 1:02 p.m.

    The original Johnson and Wales (J&W) school was founded in 1914 by Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, to provide business training for young women. From that small beginning, it has grown into a pre-eminent chain of ...

  • Cuisine: Portuguese cuisine a delight — if you are into garlic Published 02/13/2008 at 5:35 p.m.

    It was 500 years ago when the Portuguese came to the New World like the Spanish, but their big modern wave of immigration to the northeastern United States took place mostly at the end of the 19 century.

  • Rachel Klein: Vision is her mission Published 02/11/2008 at 7:59 p.m.

    One child out of every twenty in the United States, between the ages of three and five, has an eye problem. Undetected, these often correctable conditions can lead to trouble in school and throughout life. Many parents are simply unaware ...

  • Cuisine: A Willy Wonka salute to February Published 02/06/2008 at 6:34 p.m.

    With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems an appropriate time to present to you a fairly recent book by journalist and author Mort Rosenblum, Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light.

  • Cuisine: Call her the Jackie of all trades Published 01/29/2008 at 12:17 p.m.

    If you’ve seen a small whirlwind skittering around Marco and wondered what was happening, you’ve probably encountered Jackie Pham, one of the busiest and hardest-working women in Collier County.

  • Cuisine: Going foreign in an American city Published 01/23/2008 at 2:11 p.m.

    Several months ago, I wrote an article about an Elderhostel trip to Rhode Island, and I promised more to come. This time I want to take you to the Italian district of Providence, where you will lose your heart.

  • Cuisine: Ginger -- The spice of life Published 01/17/2008 at 11:24 a.m.

    Most of us have happy childhood memories of gingerbread men or houses, but the ugly root has an old and honorable lineage unknown to many people.

  • Cuisine: Cheers for a lowly vegetable Published 01/09/2008 at 5:29 p.m.

    The humble leek can boast a literary career seldom equaled in the food world. Chaucer wrote of “much-loved leeks” in his Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare used leeks for comic relief in Henry V and they are mentioned in the Bible.

  • Cuisine: My recipes to you Published 01/04/2008 at 12:41 a.m.

    This is the time for me to remember all the readers’ questions I never answered in print, and perhaps add a few new ideas for the coming months.

  • Cuisine: Looking in two directions Published 12/27/2007 at 10:52 p.m.

    This is always the time of year for reflecting back and looking forward, like the two-faced god Janus for whom our first month was named. He guarded the entrance of the roman home, looking out for intruders and inward to ...

  • Cuisine: Celebrating love, family and cooking — the Italian way Published 12/19/2007 at 11:33 a.m.

    Best wishes from me to all the readers. My special gift to you is a childhood Christmas memory, an enduring love story and some great holiday recipes. Enjoy!

  • Cuisine: Dreams still do come true — even in the kitchen Published 12/13/2007 at 12:01 p.m.

    Americans are traditionally disposed to cheer the underdog in a fight, and to relish Horatio Alger success stories. This is a heartwarming tale of a young man who may soon become famous, and we can all say we knew him ...

  • Cuisine: You’d better do it yourself Published 11/16/2007 at 3:40 p.m.

    I have never made any secret of the fact that cooking from scratch is preferable to buying prepared foods. It was good enough for my father, one of the world’s best cooks, and I had to learn the same way ...

  • Cuisine: Something different for Thanksgiving this year Published 11/13/2007 at 3:42 p.m.

    Tired of the traditional Thanksgiving fare? In a quandary for something different or exotic that none of your guests would dream of serving? The following recipes are from a fun to read Creole cookbook.

  • Cuisine: Big recipes from the smallest state Published 11/06/2007 at 12:05 p.m.

    During four magical days in late September, I attended an Elderhostel to explore the food and wines of Rhode Island. The weather was spectacular, flowers bloomed everywhere, the guides were knowledgeable and the natives friendly. My beloved Red Sox even ...

  • Cuisine: The Roly Poly and the good old potato salad Published 10/22/2007 at 8:40 p.m.

    I was watching a late movie, one of those Edwardian things from the BBC with a lovely young governess rushing through dim passages with a candle, her taffeta skirts making a delicious rustle, the handsome lord of the manor— a ...

  • Cuisine: Home cooking made international Published 10/22/2007 at noon

    Growing up in an Italian neighborhood of Chicago, Palma Klein thought the whole world and everyone in it was Italian, and was very surprised to discover otherwise when she ventured out.

  • Cuisine: As Casey Stengel once said, ‘You could look it up’ Published 10/16/2007 at 12:28 p.m.

    Mostly, these days, I get e-mail instead of letters in the post. Often they ask for recipes, which I’m happy to supply, and sometimes they furnish me with new ones.

  • Cuisine: Talk about your childhood wishes Published 10/09/2007 at 11:03 a.m.

    The year 1992 was a very good one for local glass artist Stan Saran. Gulfshore Life’s Annual Design Guide of Southwest Florida profiled him as an outstanding artist, and Cooks magazine featured one of his fanciful accessory pieces, a replication ...

  • Cuisine: To market, to market Published 10/02/2007 at midnight

    PBS recently carried a program about farmers’ markets which started me thinking about how many I’ve visited here and abroad. I always love the museums and cathedrals and other tourist attractions, but high on my list is the local market.

  • Cuisine: From the land of milk and honey Published 09/25/2007 at 11:03 a.m.

    Local stores recently featured fresh figs from California, and I turned some into my favorite jam. Too bad they come to market so seldom.

  • Cuisine: A tough road to the top Published 09/18/2007 at 12:14 p.m.

    There used to be a television show on which contestants were handed large brown bags of groceries and allowed an hour to prepare a meal with them. Such a task faces competitors for the Certified Master Chef award at the ...

  • Cuisine: Starting the day out right Published 09/11/2007 at 11:48 a.m.

    Somebody once convinced me to get up at the crack of dawn to send my family off with a good breakfast, even when I had to turn around and hit the road to work myself.

  • Cuisine: Getting to the top in a crowded field Published 09/04/2007 at 12:18 p.m.

    The consensus among professionals today is that the best restaurant in the country is the French Laundry in Napa Valley, California.

  • Cuisine: Two different paths to Florida Published 08/28/2007 at 10:50 a.m.

    Andy DeFino is a popular barber on the island, and his wife Evelyn is known as a hard-working ice cream scooper as well as steady volunteer at the Bargain Basket. Andy does the cooking, though he admits that Evelyn can ...

  • Cuisine: The experts talk about food and tools Published 08/21/2007 at 11:18 a.m.

    My friend Doris Reynolds, Naples historian and food writer, once told me that she would bar the door with her body if burglars tried to take her food processor.

  • Cuisine: The spiciest company in Miami Published 08/14/2007 at 1:49 p.m.

    José Badia left Spain in 1960 for Miami and new business opportunities, and formed a partnership in a hardware store there.

  • Cuisine: Eleven years after the boat Published 08/07/2007 at 11:11 a.m.

    Judy Perez and I were reminiscing about the fall of 1996 when she and her husband Arturo took over the space formerly occupied by a catering service and small restaurant.

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