Author: Phyllis

Basics & Tips

At The Races

A long time Facebook friend, someone I communicate with often, lost her elderly, ailing mom not too long ago.  While spending the last days with her mother, she was sharing her feelings on Facebook.  I private messaged her a few times just to let her know how much I was thinking of her hoping it […]

Basics & Tips, Winter Comforts

Not Parsnips Again??

“Winter” is definitely the key word here! Last weekend we made an unusually short foray to Nat Bailey Stadium where our Winter Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday.  Seems like at this time of year it’s short rations for local veggies…so the trips are short ones! Eating seasonally is a very good thing.  Fresh, local […]

Basics & Tips

Our Never Ending Italian Learning Curve!

Buon anno everyone!  Before next spring rolls around and before we head back to Italy, I better post this! I definitely think I need an eyebrow make-over! Everyone seems to have amazing, immaculately groomed ones, even some of the guys! It seems that one simply has to have amazing eyebrows!  Wonder what the next fad […]

Winter Comforts

Christmas at Number 5

Just a quick little post to show off our lovely “pot-luck” Christmas dinner! Christmas is about sharing with family but also being with good friends, so it was a pleasure to spend the evening with Andrea and Kevin.  Kevin decided it would be an excellent idea if he were to roast a prime rib using […]

Basics & Tips

Pasta Rules!

I’m beginning to wonder if there’s something wrong with me!  Here’s why… An article I was recently reading in a local magazine included a photo not unlike this one, minus the basil leaf, of white spaghetti topped with a huge dollop of tomato sauce. And as soon as I saw it I had a visceral […]

Summer's Bounty

How To Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Who me? All it takes is a visit to Trout Lake Farmer’s Market on a lovely Saturday morning in July/August and we are now loaded us down with pounds of plum tomatoes among other goodies. I’ve been saying, over the past few months, or rather my husband has been banging on about how I need […]

Baking and Sweet Endings, Fall Harvest

Scandinavian Apple Cake

Check out this new recipe!  Deliciously comforting apple cake…great with coffee or tea and also as a dessert with, perhaps a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream!  Or if you are really wanting to live dangerously…for breakfast!  For the recipe click the “Recipes” tab at the top of the page.  And as they say […]

Fall Harvest, Summer's Bounty

Sweet or Savoury?

 Yes Please! My mother was known to tell people that she could bake anything inside a pie crust and her family would love it! And my Russian mama definitely had that down right! Although…it may have had something to do with the fact that MOM WAS AN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME PIE MAKER! And I don’t care […]

Summer's Bounty

They Call it the Blues

Here at #5 the kitchen is bursting with blueberries! The Gelderman family has come through yet again with another outstanding crop of berries and there are more to come next weekend. They grow two types of blueberries, one harvested in July and the other in August. Both are great but we find the August berries […]