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Stamping out breast cancer with Erica and Sue.

Join Erica & Sue – Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, for an afternoon of stamping in support of breast cancer research. Make six all occasion greeting cards while learning a few cardmaking techniques. When – February 25, 1 PM-5 PM Where – Cedar Hill Recreation Center How Early registration: $50 / after Jan 31 until Feb 11: […]

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Chicken, Sausage and Oyster Jambalaya

I have a weak spot for Cajun cooking and my occasional forays into this wonderful regional cuisine from Louisiana almost always includes variations on Gumbo or Jambalaya. These dishes scale up nicely so if you have the pots and the ingredients, you can whip up double and triple batches and feed your entire neighbourhood! Here […]

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Talking Ham Radio on CBC Spark with Nora

Social media and its evolution – where did it begin? And where is it going? We enjoy a spectrum of social media tools and experiences in the 21st Century and rightfully so. We have the tools and the technology to make great things happen. But how did we get to where we are today? Humans […]

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Fall colours Canadian Style Thai Turkey noodle Soup

It is a cool October evening and what better way of heating it up a notch than with some Thai turkey soup. Granted this is a variation on the old classic Chicken soup… but it prepares well and is mighty spicy. What is special about this recipe is the addition of fresh uncooked Shanghai thick […]

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Fall colours Canadian Style sourdough pizza

At this time of the Fall, Andrea and I start looking forward to some rustic cooking; soups, stews and, yes, the occasional treat of pizza with seasonal ingredients. And since I have a sourdough starter that has been on the go since 2008, what better opportunity than right now to whip up a great pizza […]

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Baking 101 Bernard Callebaut sticky chewy chocolate brownies

I just made this rich, dark chocolate brownie with a soft chewy center, firm edges and a crackly top. Simple to make using just one bowl. Pay attention to the measurements as they are the key to success. INGREDIENTS ¾ cup Fry’s, Hershey’s or Dark Dutch cocoa ½ tsp baking soda ⅔ cup butter – […]

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A slight book review – Adventures in Solitude

One would hardly think that we could improve on the relative paradise of Kona, Hawaii – a coastal village often basking in a seemingly endless summer sun, caressed by a cleansing surf and feeling the gentle quiet of the off season. Despite this perfection, we did. And we did it with a book no less. […]

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Are you ready – Chapter 2 – emergency preparedness on an Island

Chances are, if you are a resident of Victoria on Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Seattle or one of many small or medium sized coastal communities in the Northwest, one of the worse things that is going to happen to you in your life likely hasn’t happened yet because it is brewing right now, underground, along the […]

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Working on a music project – that is all.

Andrea asked me to cook up something Latin while I was working on a “special” music project. I have just completed assembling my current home recording studio and have been working on a couple of special projects to see how everything sounds – a shake down as it were. My small basement “grotto” sound work-shop […]

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Butternut squash soup with vegan option

Winter is the best time of the year for hearty vegetarian soup with the option of adding some animal protein if you are so inclined – either way, these are filling and healthy soups during the winter months – here is how we brew up one of our favourites. Dice 1 medium butternut squash Dice […]

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