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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 had a half turkey breast (bone in) sitting in the freezer and decided to toss it on the grill. The recipe I selected had a brine and a rub that had an intriguing mix of sweet and savoury. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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Friends of ours are in Tuscany and they are posting lots of pics from their travels on their social accounts. Yesterday they were in Pienza and their pics triggered memories of our own visits to Pienza over the years. It... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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One of the big battles I had with the garden plot last year was with the deer. The plot is located in a large Provincial park. A large park with a healthy deer population. A healthy deer population comfortable with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Gardeners know that a lot of work at the beginning yields a highly productive garden throughout the growing season. Last year it was simple. I raked it deeply, added some sheep manure and mixed it in. We were good to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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No, I didn't travel far for this one. Spencer Smith Park is probably Burlington's premier spot for folks to hang out. It used to be the location of a famous hotel and dance club back in the day. While this... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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One of Toronto's big anticipated events in the 'before times' was the opening of Eataly. Food fiends who have visited one of Eataly’s 40 other locations worldwide have been counting down the days until the beloved brand arrives in Canada.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Years ago when I was a kid my mom's aunt came to stay for a bit. She offered to cook dinner one night and placed a mouthwatering chicken meal on the table. It was so loved that mom asked her... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Jake and Lucca having a nap. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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We have a lot of friends who are making up for two years of no travel right now. Five sets of friends are in Venice right now and the pics theya re posting to Facebook have me thinking of the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Our two are a bit like this. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Well, in lieu of the last post, perhaps not immediately. Nonetheless, we signed the lease and paid for the garden plot last weekend. We take possession of 'our' land on Sunday. For the next six months we'll be 'farming' this:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Another frost advisory tonight . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Funny, I have driven through Ancaster 100s of times yet never taken the time to stop and wander around. A few weeks ago we had some spare time so off we went! Founded as a town in 1793, it immediately... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Easter dinner was a fairly simple meal. One of the things that I have learned from the pandemic was there are all sorts of wonderful food producers who have amazing food for purchase. While I started buying things from an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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For Easter we tend to to a big brunch followed by an early dinner. If the menus are planned properly there is time to sleep in and time to get a mid-day nap. Well, there would be time to sleep... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Dinner on Good Friday was inspired by finding this: It is difficult to find Pastitsio noodles in Canada - when I did the memu was set. Pastitsio is a Greek casserole made with noodles, a beefy tomato sauce, cheese, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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I've posted two sets of pics from our recent getaway to prince Edward county here and here. Here are some shots of our dinner on Saturday (one of the best meals we've had in years), wandering historic sites in Picton,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Lately I've been trying to use up the bottles and jars in the fridge. There are a lot of them and they have been threatening to take over. LOL This recipe was selected because it would help me use up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Last week I posted some pics from our weekend getaway in Prince Edward County. Here are some more. Food, Quaker meeting house, wineries, brewery. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Lately we've been receiving a large English cucumber in our CSA shipment every week. While we love cucumber we haven't been able to eat them all up so they were taking over the fridge. I decided to make this salad... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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Traditional spanakopita, a Greek feta and spinach pie, is either baked in a large pan and cut into slices or folded into triangles or rectangles or spirals. This version is less fussy, and can be on the table in less... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at A Life, Lived
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We had a busy weekend in Prince Edward County (AKA the County). During our short visit we stopped by three wineries, one distillery, two breweries, one cheese producer, one maple syrup producer, wandered (and shopped) two towns, explored Birdhouse City... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at A Life, Lived