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Live, Love, Learn – In Conversation with Food Gypsy Reader Lou Hart

Every year to celebrate our Food Gypsy anniversary we turn the focus from our usual banter and throw the spotlight on our readers. Every life has a story, and sharing those stories are as essential to being human as breathing. In this tale we travel south to Anderson, South Carolina for a back-to-school conversation with reader Lou Hart, living his culinary dream.
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Dearie By Bob Spitz, Book Review - Food Gypsy

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz – Book Reveiw

Before there was Stewart, Lawson or Oliver, before anyone had heard of Morimoto or Batali, there was Child. No one, not even Julia Child herself, could have predicted the impact and legacy that has been spawned as a result of television's first superstar food maven. In "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child", author Bob Spitz takes us into a her life with care and humanity.
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Mariposa Farm - Food Gypsy

Mariposa Farm – Family Food Education

In an urban environment it's easy to detach from the where our food comes from. Many of us have never had to milk a cow, catch a squealing piglet or yank a clucky hen from her nest to gather eggs. Which is why farms like Mariposa Farm, open the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, are so necessarily, and so very much fun.
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Brew Street Pub, Fish & Chips - Food Gypsy

Mill Street Brew Pub – Old & New & A Bit of Brew

The city's newest brew pub, Mill Street Brew Pub hit the ground running early this year with a big, splashy opening. Located in one of downtown Ottawa's historic buildings, along the river's edge; it's spectacular location attracted a great deal of attention from curious folks (like me) who were eager to see the end result. So once all the fuss died down a bit we ventured out for an early lunch on a Sunday to take a peek.
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Eggshell Seeding - Food Gypsy

Eco-seedlings in the Gypsy Kitchen

Dirt eggs, earthy, with a side of grit. No, we're not eating them, but we'll be enjoying lovely stuffed squash blossoms by June, and prefect little gourdes come harvest time. This is one of three eco-friendly indoor starting methods I'm trying this year for eco-seedlings. The eggshells will contain the seedlings in a tiny cocoon as stalks harden and tender roots grow.
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