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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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I don't make chicken wings very often and when I do I prefer baked ones versus the fried ones which are common around here. The chicken wings are high enough in calories without the added ones form frying them in... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at A Life, Lived
A few weeks ago the first of the local spinach arrived in our CSA shipment. I decided that I would use it up in a risotto. I don't think that I have ever had spinach risotto before but that didn't... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'wet'. Because Venice is sinking and the oceans are rising parts of the city are prone to acqua alta or flooding. During the periods when the flooding is the worst the city places raised... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
This map popped up a few times on my facebook feed last week so I decided to post it here. One of the great downsides of visiting Italy is the sheer volume of crowds that you can face. me I'll... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
There's something soothing about the slow summer rhythm of corn shucking—standing barefoot in the kitchen, peeling away squeaky husks and handfuls of silk—but what do you do if you're in a hurry? Or if you hate trying to peel away... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
I made last week when I was busy trying to use up our CSA zucchini and basil. I couldn’t believe how delicious and flavorful it was with such few ingredients and simple process to make. I was shocked – in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
I was going through my photos from our recent trip to Italy and came upon these from Sant'Antimo. The Abbey of Sant'Antimo (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo) is a beautiful Romanesque church, in a picture-perfect setting just south of Montalcino in southern... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
Many authors dream of fame, fortune, and a vast readership. An author who has all three may dream, paradoxically, of the freedom to write without them — of publishing a book that can be judged only on the quality of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
Raspberries finally appeared at the Farmers' Market last week. You can imagine my reaction- I immediately bought far more than I needed. This is a regular occurrence around here - when you go so long without fresh, local produce you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at A Life, Lived
This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'sheer'. I figured everyone would be posting pics of fabric or curtains so I went in a different direction. I remembered the red rocks of Colorado, particularly this ridge which was sheer, and had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Grilled turkey burgers tend to be both dry and bland however lean ground turkey has less fat than a beef burger. Because of that it is worth spending the time to find a recipe that beats the dry and bland... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at A Life, Lived
You might think that after all of the happy celebrations of Monday I'd be done with celebrations for awhile. You'd be wrong. I took Tuesday off of work and had a relaxing day. Mom came by and we loaded into... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at A Life, Lived
It has officially been a blast turning 50. As many of you know I have been celebrating this milestone all year and will continue to celebrate it until December. One of my facebook friends said it best yesterday 'this milestone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Over the years I've been away for my birthday from time-to-time. Here are some shots of birthdays on the road . . . Denver Boston Chicago Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at A Life, Lived
So today is that day. According to the calendar and the date on my birth certificate I am turing 50 yet to be honest I don't feel 50. Mind you, how am I supposed to know what 50 feels like?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at A Life, Lived
I recently started following Eating Well magazine on facebook. It may have been a mistake - I certainly do not need another food related distraction . . . even if the dishes are relatively healthy for you. Local cherries have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at A Life, Lived
This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'rest'. I'm not sure any of us quite enjoy a rest as much as these guys . . . Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at A Life, Lived
I believe that this kale dish that we made last week is one of the best things we've eaten all year. I can hear the scoffing - KALE?? Yes, kale. Do you know how when you go out to eat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Naren Young created this martini variation after tasting a lemon-and-basil sorbet at a restaurant. Sweet white vermouth emphasizes the basil's herbal quality, while limoncello and lemon juice give the drink a double-citrus punch. We made this last week and found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Last week was the Palio in Siena. The Palio di Siena is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Not long after we returned from Italy and I ventured out into the garden I noticed a riot of cilantro that was going to seed. Presumably when I was pulling dead plants out of the garden before last winter cilantro... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at A Life, Lived
I was doing some reading on child labour the other day and came upon these stats . . . The International Labour Organization (ILO) has estimated that more than 215 million children worldwide are child labourers. This means that more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at A Life, Lived
This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'sunset'. Of course I used my best pics for the 'skies' theme last week. Note to self - study future themes prior to posting. :-) Anyways. . . about three hours from us is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at A Life, Lived
Our CSA has had a regular supply of organic strawberries and I have been looking for creative ways to use them up. I also had some bananas that had gone over to the dark side of ripeness. Some folks may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at A Life, Lived