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Instant Pot Pasta Sausage Tuscan Pasta

Since I was introduced to the Instant Pot around 4 years ago, I have never tired of the ease of use, the time saving attributes and the sheer tastiness of many of the recipes. This pasta dish is among my favourites. It is quick, fast and easy – and oh so delicious with a big…

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Staying sharp, on the edge, where you have to be – with Cutluxe knives.

Life is a series of celebrations, transitions, reflections and predictions. And if all these things have one thing in common it would be the daily cooking rituals that we look forward to. For me, the food experience is 1 part doing to 2 parts preparation to 4 parts planning. It is a rhythm as reliable…

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Let’s talk about coffee chapter 1

I spend a lot of time talking about coffee. A lot of time. Over the years, I have done the yakity yak for every major radio network in Canada and the U.S. and some TV things. It never gets tired. You might say… it stays awake! Yes, it is a pretty light duty subject –…

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Trust in life and you will see – The Movember series chapter one

Way back in 2013, I was struggling with an assortment of things – as many people do. Troubles: They come and go… in varying intensities for most of us. That period of my life was particularly problematic with the loss of my dad, my mother-in-law, a brother-in-law and a close friend. Stuff like that can…

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About the author

Colin Newell has been writing for the website CoffeeCrew.Com (Formerly the Coffee Experts Group) for 25+ years. That is a long time in internet years. This blog was created as an outlet for some of my stranger ideas, which sadly, outnumber my truly bright ideas. Bio Stuff The Coffee as website concept thing has served…

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National and International Coffee day

We talked with CBC On The Island host Gregor Craigie, Sam Jones (2% Jazz) and Carsen Oglend of Drumroaster Coffee on the subject of National and International Coffee day. Click on the above link for the audio or download the file below. International Coffee Day Interview For most of us, coffee is a very personal…

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Book review On Borrowed Time by Gregor Craigie

Broadcast journalist Gregor Craigie has been on the radio; CBC Radio 1 Vancouver Island, CBS, the British Broadcasting Corporation and Public Radio International in the United States as well as CBC Television as a political reporter… Audio snippet – the thinking behind the book Vancouver Island’s largest historic earthquake was a magnitude 7.3 event that…

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Logic and reason requires critical thinking skills.

In a time rife with disasters, simmering regional conflicts, global warming, and out of control fires, when more people than ever can find an audience online, conspiracy theories seem to be growing more silly by the day. We’re also more prone to believing such things under heightened stress, and there is no shortage of troubling…

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Pasta Puttanesca by the numbers – authentic Italian cooking series

I was raised on Spaghetti and meat balls. Tomatoes are my blood. Decades on, I take the greatest delight in genuine Italian cooking. My mama was raised in an Italian-Canadian enclave in Montreal and she knew her stuff. Here in the 21st Century, I have expanded on my childhood knowledge by digging deeper into the…

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Winter Storm Muffin re-mix – healthy fibre muffins

I have been doing most of my own baking since I was 12 years of age – And although I do not have a cookbooks worth of experience, I have come up with a few good things. These are a Daylight Saving Time classic to get you over the shock of the time change, get…

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