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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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I confess that I almost didn't make this recipe - the food blogger entitled it 'Date Me' Creamy Sausage Rigatoni Pasta and told a tale of how she used this particular recipe to ensnare her future husband. Normally crap like... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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I received my first COVID vaccine this morning. It turns out people are right - relief and happiness are the main side effects. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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The Provincial park near us has a nice trail that meanders through the forest. It is particularly lovely at this time of year when the spring wildflowers are blooming. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Life, Lived
Posted May 9, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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This Savage Chickens cartoon was just twisted enough to put a smile on my face . . . Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I am not sure what precipitated it but this week Paul and I fell down the rabbit hole of revisiting our trip to Burano in 2014. Venice was the last stop on my 50th birthday trip. We've been to Venice... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I can't believe that I have made it to age 56 and never made fried rice before. It seems weird to me, given the thousands of meals that I have cooked, but it is what it is. The only reason... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I had some broccoli that needed to be eaten or tossed (and I hate tossing veggies). When I was planning the menu I realized that I hadn't made a stir fry in some time. I turned to google and this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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6 years ago I was in Kelowna for a conference. We tacked on some extra days to enjoy the area. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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There is so much to love about this One Pot Ham and Cheese Pasta recipe. It is a perfect way to use up that leftover holiday ham that we always seem to have lurking in the freezer. It is also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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One of the things I am looking forward to in retirement is gardening. While I come from a long line of gardeners the truth is my efforts haven't amounted to a whole lot. I blame that on work - particularly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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Our cleaner was here on Monday so I headed out to explore a bit. It was a cool and dreary day but luckily the rain held off enough that I could get out of the car and walk around a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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This is one of my favorite Italian braised chicken recipe. The chicken is first seared until the skin is crispy then gently simmered in a delicious tomato, olive and caper sauce. The chicken becomes super flavorful and tender. . .... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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This one-pot dish is inspired by a classic Greek appetizer - shrimp saganaki. This version adds orzo pasta and grape tomatoes to make it a complete meal. Blistering the cherry tomatoes is a great way to bring out their natural... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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Some more shots from my week in Rome in the spring of 2018. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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We all could use more complimentary bread in our lives . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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Paul and I usually plan a nice dinner for Good Friday. We always start off with a cocktail - usually something that is 'spring-like' whatever that means. This year it meant something bright and refreshing. We've made a similar drink... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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13 years ago Paul and I traveled to Savannah for the great Slow Travel GTG. More than 50 travel fans from across North America gathered in the city for a long weekend of wine, laughter, chatter, and food. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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This never gets old . . . After al of these years and in the middle of a pandemic, it still puts a smile on my face . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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For the past couple of weeks I have been featuring pics from London - our last real vacation before the pandemic hit. A year before I spent a week in Rome enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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Looking for a side dish with big flavor? This recipe for roasted cauliflower with garlic and parmesan will fit the bill. Try serving it up with a nice juicy rib eye steak cooked over a fire. I had a giant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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This is a perfect low carb recipe - one where you don't think it about being low carb while you are enjoying it. There are so many different ways to eat zucchini, I think it is most often served as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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More shots from our last real vacation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at A Life, Lived
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I've been eating a lot of the Blueberry and Almond granola that I made last month. So much that I was running out last week. Instead of making a tried and true recipe I thought I'd branch out and make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at A Life, Lived