Favourite Cookbooks: The Broad Fork

I love a good cookbook.  I read them. I browse them. I cook from them. I get inspiration from them. One that I love is The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson.  I appreciate how he uses the all different parts of the ingredients, which I also like to do.  I highly recommend The Broad Fork…

Thanksgiving Risotto: A Gluten-Free Alternative to Stuffing

Ingredients 3 Tablespoons olive oil 3 Tablespoons butter, divided 3 shallot or 2 small onion, minced 2 carrots, diced 1 stalk of celery, finely minced 1 1⁄2cups  arborio rice 4 cups  low sodium chicken broth Can be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock or “no chicken” broth here. 1 -1 1⁄2cup fresh grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese…

Thanksgiving Croutons For Salad and Stuffing

I get impatient for the flavours of Thanksgiving so I make these croutons for fall salads. Thanksgiving croutons are easy to make. They can be enjoyed before Thanksgiving and for the Thanksgiving feast. I make a huge batch and keep them in the pantry so that I can eat them on my every day salads…

Capo Gets a New Pastry Chef: Kate Holowchik

The one thing that Capo, a restaurant in South Boston, was missing was a decent dessert. They went above and beyond and now have Pastry Chef Kate Holowchik working her magic.

Emotion, Drama and Beauty: Boston Ballet’s Obsidian Tear

Boston Ballet provided tickets to Obsidian Tear for my review.  I am a researcher by nature.  I like to know the background and history and meaning of things.  On the other hand, sometimes I like  go to the ballet without any hints of what I am about to see.  I want to experience it in…

Judging the Gingerbread House Competition at Boston Christmas Festival

Henry has been a judge for quite a few years now and as he gets older, he takes the job more and more seriously.  For the past couple of years, he has begged me for a ‘proper’ score card so he could judge more than just kids’ choice.  Instead, since I have so much trouble…

Rail Trail’s New Fall Menu: Dining in Hudson

Ontario autumn 🍁 #artes#groupofseven#ontario#ago#canada#autumnleaves#artes#toronto A post shared by Mari Rustan (@mary_of_silence) on Oct 25, 2017 at 2:37pm PDT Photo provided by @Mary_of_Silence I don’t know if it is my state of mind or if it really is so, but the fall foliage is especially beautiful this year.  I see paintings everywhere I go.  The light…

Beautiful Utility: A Motto to Live By (Sponsored)

We all love beautiful things and there are those who keep them tucked away and safe and others who want to enjoy them every day.  I am an enjoy them every day kind of person.  I love finding vintage or artisan items that speak to me and instead of keeping them in a display case…

Beyond the Basic Boo: Chocolate for Halloween

The basic ‘boo’ is what we had before Pinterest.  If you’re old like me, you might remember the plastic printed masks with the garbage bag printed costume.  Of course, those retro costumes would look pretty fab today as an ‘old school’ kind of thing.  Our family of course was a “we don’t spend money on…

Fall Foliage In and Out of the City

Fall is one of my favourite times of year.  It always has been.  I don’t love the heat of a tireless summer sun but I love snuggling under a heavy wool sweater. In some ways I fear change but when it comes to the seasons that’s a whole different story. I love the changing light…

A Part of Something: Me Too

We are all a part of something larger than ourselves. Some things we work hard to become of a part of. Other groups we were born into. Some of our shared identities are a blessing and others a burden put on us. Recently, on Facebook women are sharing their statements of ‘me too’ to show…

Like a Fine Wine: Lucia Ristorante Celebrates 40

Boston’s North End restaurant Lucia Ristorante, celebrates 40 years. Enjoy old menu items at retro prices and help support the Massachusetts Red Cross hurricane relief fund.