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10 Things Wedding Guests Complain About…

No AC in the summer: While you might love the idea of getting hitched in that old church that doesn’t have air conditioning or an outdoor garden with no shade, sitting in the sweltering heat will only make your guests sweaty and miserable. Instead, try to find a compromise that will give you what you want without sacrificing your guests’ comfort, such as having the ceremony in a cool spot and taking photos in the other locations. The venues are too far apart: When your ceremony and reception are being held in two separate locations, be sure you don’t make them

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Edible Flowers

Food fads come and go, but one is likely to stand the test of time: edible flowers are increasingly making their way onto menus. Though diners may be shocked at the idea of deep-fried daylilies, our ancestors often looked to the flower garden for seasonings and side dishes. The most common ways to use flowers in cooking are to add them to salads, brew them in tea or to decorate desserts. However, because flowers have such a range of flavors, the only limit is your imagination: chop them up and roll them into savory pasta dough or sprinkle them over a

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The First of Many….

Abbotsford has its first Craft Beer Brewery – I checked it out on its opening weekend. The people were great and the beers were remarkable. We tasted the four craft beers that they had on tap.  They bottle a wide range of premium and ultra-premium bottled conditioned beer with a focus on Belgian style. In the tasting room they brew every style known to man plus a few more. Twenty-four beers will be on tap so I am sure that you will find a beer that you will enjoy. The man in the picture is Tony DeWald, we were fortunate

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Is Black Rice The New Brown Rice?

According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it. Times have changed although black rice is still relatively rare, researchers are trying to bring its distinctive flavor and mix of antioxidants to the masses — or at least to a grocery store near you. If you’ve never heard of black rice, much less seen it, the dark-hued grain is now available at supermarkets such as Whole Foods and appears to be gaining a foothold in kitchens and restaurants.Like brown rice, black rice is full of antioxidant-rich bran,

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