Escape Hatch

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“A Change Is Gonna Come.”   Some of us of “boomers”, you know the group, where 60 is the new 40, are on a mission; that’s to create the next chapter of our lives. We’ve  watched our parents’ age and here’s a little secret, while they were so have we!  But, then 60 being the new …

BOO!! It’s Halloween!

Fall Harvest, Kitchen Sink

The last time we were in London, England in October, darned if we didn’t see Halloween stuff all over the place! I couldn’t believe it.  One afternoon we saw people in costumes heading into some kind of afternoon event not far from the Victoria and Albert Museum. I think it’s safe to say it was a …

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

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Over last weekend we were sitting by our little antique electric fireplace with its glowing glass “coals” reminiscing, sipping wine and reading the entries in my Rome journal from last October.  We spent our Thanksgiving  there wandering the Jewish Ghetto and having lunch at Da Giggetto.  Quite honestly, we are missing being there so much. …

A Canadian Thanksgiving

Fall Harvest, Kitchen Sink

2008 was our first Thanksgiving away from home!   We had travelled to Italy with two friends and our plan was to celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking dinner in the “villa” near Lago Trasimeno in Umbria.   My husband and I had  grocery shopped in Tuscany and Umbria two years earlier and knew beforehand that Italians …

Fall – What’s In Season??

Fall Harvest

There’s just a few short days left until…I know, I know.   Summer is coming to an end and we move towards the end of the year.  But it’s not all bad news!  If you check out the list below of the goodies making their appearances at our Farmer’s Markets, we can actually jump for …

Felt Like Being on Vacation!

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David Hawksworth is a very well-known chef in our town. He’s the guy responsible for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s restaurants in the heart of downtown Vancouver at 801 West Georgia, open since 2011. And now he has followed up that success with the opening of “Nightingale,” again downtown but this time on West Hastings, next …

There’s Something About Canning

Fall Harvest, General, Summer's Bounty, Winter Comforts

It’s the season once again to haul out our jars and get canning and preserving! And I am so glad to see a resurgence of interest in people taking it up!  Domenica Marchetti has recently published a new book “Preserving Italy” that’s filled with delicious recipes. The household I grew up in had a pantry …

Borscht

Fall Harvest, Kitchen Sink, Winter Comforts

It’s Russian Soul Food! Borscht is a part of my family heritage. During the year there are times when “I just gotta have some”. When I eat borscht, my Husband says it’s like I am having a religious experience! The version in  my recipe section is not the purple, beety one, it is more of a vegetable soup. …

Pesto: What’s in a Name?

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It seems to be everywhere…and not just the molto famoso “Ligurian” pasta with potato and green beans or with trofie pasta but dribbled or drizzled on anything you can imagine. But is that really “pesto?” Or, has the term “pesto,” which derives from the Italian pestare, meaning to pound or grind using a mortar and …

More Adventures With The Big “A”

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I just had my second steroid injection in a month…I can almost throw away my cane! Well, not totally but I sure have a lot more mobility! I want to be able to walk the Appian Way again like I did in this photo!  And I want to be able to spend hours walking around …