Author: Phyllis

A New Toy!

It was the spring of 1986 and I had a big income tax return in my hot little hands and I knew exactly where I was going to spend it! Back in the day, Kitchen Aid stand mixers were not

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The Fat Badger Pub – An English Style Pub

Reviews of local restaurants on this blog are something I don’t usually do, but the arrival of an English style “gastro-pub” or “pub” not far from home, is something we were really looking forward to because of our  great experiences in London!

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Why I Love Italian Packaging

Italians can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to packaging their products! It’s a design thing! I promised myself when we were in Italy a few months ago, there was no way we were hauling home dried pasta! So…one

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The Search For Perfection

With all the fruit at the Farmer’s Market, it’s pie making time! Plums, apples, blueberries and more! Years ago, when I had just moved into my own place, I decided that it was time for me to make a blueberry

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Laurie Colwin’s Tomato Pie

Not too long ago my facebook friend Roz Coreri Paige posted that she had won a contest for her Italian style tomato pie, which brought to mind Laurie Colwin’s Tomato Pie that I have wanted to make for I can’t

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The Pasta Museum!

While planning our last trip to Rome my husband discovered the“The Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari”! He was very clear that one of THE MAJOR things he wanted to see is this museum! No argument from this “pasta junkie” (no kidding,

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First Trip to Italy

A few years before we made our first trip to Tuscany, a friend had loaned us “her favourite movie ever”, Under the Tuscan Sun. What I remember most, besides her incredibly gorgeous lover, Marcello, and maybe the food shots, were

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Gone But Not Forgotten!

As I write this I am looking at my pristine final issue of “Gourmet” the Magazine of Good Living from November 2009. And per usual, a crispy, brown roast turkey is on the front cover in time for American Thanksgiving tables. If

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Off To The Market

To quote Mother Goose: “To market, to market, to buy a fat pig, Home again, home again, dancing a jig; To market, to market, to buy a fat hog; Home again, home again, jiggety-jog; To market, to market, to buy

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Destination…Greve

If you drive the SR222 Highway in Chianti, aka Strada Regionale Chiantigiana, there’s a lot to discover along the way! We were introduced to Greve in Chianti in 2007, during our first trip to Tuscany where we rented a house

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