This week's post is about the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon, Florida, an upscale kitchen supply store. Not the least of their wonderful features is their instructional program. They offer classes on everything from basic knife skills to preparing gourmet meals. The staff is professional and the instructors are knowledgeable and effective. Not only that, you should see their classroom! Here's a recipe for rosemary pine nut crackers I learned there.
Continuing the series of inexpensive daytrips near the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, this week I present the murals on the Mazzaro Italian Market buildings in St. Petersburg. When you have out-of-town visitors and don't know what to do with them, treat them and yourself to an interesting, photographable destination that is cheap and uncomplicated. Plus, buy my books and blog gear to fulfill your holiday shopping list!
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I’ve just spent a week in the Bayerischer Wald, or Bavarian Forest, a large, rural area in southeast Bavaria along the Czech border with lots of forest and low mountains.
You may have heard of the Schwarzwald, or Black Forest. Well, this is another forest on the other side of the country. It’s not a national forest like in the USA, but rather a geographic region. That said, with the German priority for conservation, the forests are managed with an eye toward keeping nature intact. Building, farming, hunting and lumber harvesting are highly regulated. In fact, part of the Bavarian Forest is a nature preserve.