Author: Phyllis

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24 Hours in Ferndale

OK, so it’s not Italy! But what the heck, it’s a trip out of town! The story began last year before our trip to Italy, when I had become FB friends with Timothy. Tim was planning on travelling around Italy

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Are You A Food Snob?

Are you one of those who doesn’t pick up ready-made meals or other prepared foods? Yeah…us too! I see shoppers at Wholefoods with their baskets laden with these items and was totally blown away by the fridge “walls” stuffed with

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Then There Was Cheese!

Have you ever had a thought that keeps popping up every now and again? Well…in my case one of these is “daddy, where does cheese come from?” Or should I say “how did we come to have this wonderful stuff

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La Bella Vita Cucina Post

My good friend, Roz Corieri Paige who has a great blog called La Bella Vita Cucina, invited me to write a guest post on her website which I was absolutely delighted to do.  She has a wonderful site with recipes

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Ruth’s “Cook Book”

I’m a cook and not a book reviewer. That said, I just finished “Ruth Reichl’s my kitchen year 136 RECIPES that SAVED MY LIFE” and discovered that we seem to share some similar experiences. The year in question was October

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Happy Easter – Buona Pasqua!

Once again…our lilac tree is bursting forth and I’m up to my little ears in planning Easter Dinner. Even though I’m a lapsed Lutheran, a few religious days have stuck like glue! But… for me, those days are wrapped around

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Our “New” Oil

Just got the word…the shipment of extra virgin olive oil from Amelia in Umbria has arrived in Vancouver! And I’ve been told it’s extremely good this year. The 2014 harvest was hit particularly hard. Either the oil was in short

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