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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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It has been awhile since Paul and I were back in San Francisco - far too long if you ask me! It will be great to return on Friday and wander the city. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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I hope that I don't meet any of these on our trip toCalifornia later this week! Airports are stressful. No secret there. But sometimes the problem isn’t with the security line or the confusing signs. To paraphrase Sartre: “Hell is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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The genesis of this recipe was dill and zucchini appearing in the same CSA shipment. I turned to google for inspiration and this recipe popped up from the Serious Eats site (although it was originally from Bon Appettit). The highlights... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'morning'. One of the thingsI loved about our house in Montisi was waking up in the morning and having the terrace all to myself ... I'd sit at the table drinking coffee and waiting... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I love cucumber salads in the summer - they always seem so refreshing.The only challenge is that they can be overladen with mayo making a healthy side decidedly UNhealthy! When our CSA was overflowing with field cucumbers we decided to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This summer we rediscovered agua fresca. Aguas frescas are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean. I say 'rediscovered' because... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This recipe was a great way to use up some of the flowing bounty of tomatoes that flood the market in the late summer. With only 5 ingredients it won't fill the sink with dishes. We made this for a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Two weeks from Today we arrive in Sonoma. We have a house rented and plan on zipping from winery to winery enjoy the best Sonoma has to offer ... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I know that people are usually wary about healthy recipes (I've gotten over that myself). Often times, they sacrifice flavor in order to be healthy. But that is not the case with this delicious salmon recipe. Although the salmon is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Does that title make sense? I guess so but it is confusing, to say the least. Every year mom gives Paul and I tickets to see a play at the Stratford Festival in, yes, Stratford, for our birthday. For the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at A Life, Lived
They are great. It is hard to imagie but we have only had access to them on a regular basis for the past 5 years or so. Prior to that I had to go to the US and bring them home.
Kayte - I just used a good quality sliced ham. We get it from Costco. It's lean, Italian, and has a faint rosemary flavour which might have added another layer to the dish. Glad to see you back!:-)
better yet Karen...it is relatively quick and easy. What is not to love about that? *smile*
Thanks Cindy - we will check them out. I've reread your trip report and made a list of wineries I'd like to visit.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on Travel Tuesdays - Sonoma at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'yummy'. Funny - some themes are so tough because you can't think of a single picture to post and there are others where you have a million photos to post and can't narrow it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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Two weeks today we arrive in California. It is the 10th anniversary of the trip mom, Paul, my sister Rose, and I took to CA and we decided to recreate it (while staying in nicer accommodations. LOL) Our plan involves... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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There’s nothing more delicious than a fresh garden tomato in the peak of summer. Why bury the flavors behind spices or sauce? Let the bright, juicy tang spring through naturally. Other than simply slicing those giant heirlooms on a plate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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It's hard to believe that fall is almost upon us - it seems as if we had just finished with the winter from hell! Nonetheless, the signs are clear from cooler weather to the signs of seasonal change we spy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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When our CSA shipment started to include tomatillos I pulled this recipe out of my 'to make at a future date' pile. Tomatillos are not a commonly found item in markets in this neck of the woods. In fact, you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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This is officially the BEST thing I have made all year. Notice the way best is all in capital letters? That added emphasis means this was a truly amazing thing. The funny thing is that I had originally spotted the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'rose'. This is Ledson winery. We are heading back to Sonoma for a visit in a few weeks so I have been busy looking at my photo collection from past trips and reliving the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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When our weekly CSA shipment was bursting with zucchini I serached widely online for recipes to help with the pile of green goodness. I found this recipe on the Skinnytaste blog. These easy lasagna rolls are stuffed with zucchini, ricotta... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at A Life, Lived
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A few weeks ago, after I had posted pics of our latest CSA delivery on facebook, one of my friends commented that I had everything I needed for ratatouille. Of course I remembered the movie but I have no recollection... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at A Life, Lived