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As I write this column, the Berkshires are covered with a sheet of ice and I wish I had saved some of the cocoa mix and marshmallows I made this Christmas for myself. There’s nothing else on my agenda today, so I’m going to make some for myself. Don’t be intimidated by making the marshmallows. It can be a sticky mess, but they are well worth it!

Since retiring from The Berkshire Eagle, I’ve been clearing my home of, for lack of a better word, "stuff" I don’t want, don’t need or haven’t used in years. 

I threw out an accordion file of recipes clipped from magazines and newspapers after seeing how thick the dust was on it. I’m now mired in the literally thousands of recipes I’ve stashed online … I’ve decided to try one recipe a week, deleting those that aren’t up to my standards or tastes, and moving those I like to my binder. Last weekend, I tried a carrot quiche.

In these days of quarantining and social distancing, the perfect Galentine's Day or Valentine's Day get-together is best kept to that special BFF or two or just you and the love of your life. Maybe movie night with your favorite rom/com movie, accompanied by a sweet charcuterie board — a dessert tray, featuring sweet dips and dippers, fresh fruits and bright red candies.