Providence Bridge Ride 2014

Sunday was the 19th annual Providence Bridge Pedal Ride in Portland and you couldn’t have asked for a better morning. The ride was 18,000 strong with the Healthy ‘n Fit pediatric weight management program this year being the beneficiary. Healthy ‘n Fit is an 8-week weight management program designed for young people ages 8 to… Read More

SLEEP APNEA IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

Does Homer Simpson have sleep apnea? “Someone on The Simpsons will die in the season 26 premiere and it could be Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnea.… Read More

Food Passion

PASSION – a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something The term PASSION has almost become a cliche, an easy buzzword to convey a feeling without really experiencing or expressing the meaning. Because of this it is amazing and refreshing when you get to experience the presence of someone that… Read More

Summer Art

July, August and September marks the 3rd photographic exhibit of the 2013 office photography shows. The photographers, Chrissie Laing and Paula Goodbar, both bring a lot of talent, enthusiasm and difference in perspectives, which is evident in their work.  Their photographs are on display  through September so stop in and check it out if you… Read More

A Special Night of Tuscan Wines From Podere Ciona

Keith Ellis from Cook’s Pots and Tabletops teamed up with Italian wine maker Lorenzo Gatteschi to present an outstanding evening of food and wine from the Tuscan Region of Italy, and his wine Podere Ciona. The focus of the evening was to provide properly paired food with the unique wines of the region. Lorenzo spoke… Read More

Inspiration From Genius

On a recent trip to Chicago I had the fortunate opportunity to go to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park. I have always admired Frank Lloyd Wright and have found inspiration from the expression of his philosophy and values evident in his work. There is no detail too small was one… Read More

Then … A Night in Sicily Class

Judy Witts Francini … Food Writer, Market Maven, Cooking Teacher, Culinary Guide, Italian Life Coach … The Divina Cucina, rolled it back out for an amazing second night of cooking at Cook’s Pots and Tabletops, and did a “Night in Sicily  Class”. This was the night following her class “A Night In Tuscany”, which was… Read More

A Good Reason to Sleep With Your Butcher?

The joke at cooking class was that it would be worth it to sleep with your butcher to get as good a cut of beef as we were having this evening. Although it was a very exceptional cut, I would have to disagree and that was the only thing I would disagree with for the… Read More

Sentimental Waters

This is a fishing blog that is punctuated with some thought provoking quotes and pictures of good times. Enjoy! “To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy.” ~ Norman Maclean from the book “A River Runs Through… Read More

Bologna! The Culinary Epicenter of Northern Italy

  WOW!!! Cooks Pots & Tabletops did a really great job tonight bringing in sister and brother Francesca and Tommaso Tori from Bologna, Italy to teach some of the secrets of Bolognese pasta making. It was definitely a hands on course with everyone getting the opportunity to mix and roll their own pasta dough, “sfoglia”,into… Read More