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Max MacDonald at GAS

I saw Max MacDonald’s first one-man show at Gerrard Art Space back in 2012, at the original location, a couple of blocks west of the present address.

Saturday, October 7, you are invited to the opening reception (3-6 p.m.) for his third GAS one-man show. 1475 Gerrard St. E.

IN THE PAINT will be up until October 22nd. Wednesdays to Sunday, 2 – 7 p.m.

More wedding photos

There have been requests, so here are more photos from the wedding of my sister-in-law Anna and brother-in-law Thorne. Point No Point, Vancouver Island, BC. September 9, 2017.

Suttle Turkey Chili

Your Royko Recipe for October, 2017

Suttle Turkey Chili
Even dedicated carnivores will have trouble believing that this chili contains no beef. Makes 10 1/2 cups.

This recipe comes from Ann Suttle in Florence, Alabama. Cooking Light, Nov./Dec. 1993, Page 123.

1 tbl. vegetable oil
2 lb. Freshly ground raw turkey
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
1 clove minced garlic
2 1/2 cup water
2 tbl. chili powder
1 tbl. dried parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. mustard powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 19-oz. can red kidney beans
1 4-oz. can chopped canned green chiles
1 bay leaf

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion and garlic, and cook until turkey is browned (about 9 minutes), stirring to crumble. Drain and wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel.
Return mixture to pan. Add water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for 1 more hour, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.


Danica and I were first introduced to Min-Jeong Koh while she was still a student in high school, so we have watched her career develop from the beginning. She was a star student of our friend Jolanta Hickey and it was a pleasure to see Min’s tribute to her mentor:

“One of my most steadfast mentors, Jolanta Hickey, was my high school music teacher, and if it weren’t for her unwavering support and dedication, I would not be where I am today. When I tell this story to people, it is often assumed that her and I developed this bond because of my musical inclinations, but that’s not the case: I was less than an ideal student. I was a difficult teenager! The impact that a teacher can have on a student lasts past the classroom and even moulds the type of person one grows into. I am so thankful to have met her.”

The full story of Min’s latest undertaking is here.

More zoo day

90 seconds of iPad video.

Zoo space seems much too small for the occupants. It must be a very monotonous existence.

Here’s Danica’s capture of a zebra taking a dirt bath.

I’d like it if the zoo could close and become a wildlife preserve for local species, like our Leslie Spit … but open every day. No snack shacks. No carnival rides.

Feeding time at the zoo

 The zoo map lists 18 feeding stations, but I only photographed a few of them.

Under a bridge outside the park entrance, open-mouthed carp begged for scraps. You need tickets, guys. We got ours with Danica’s Air Miles.

Carlotta on the podium

Danica and I are very proud of our friend Carlotta’s third place win in the WORLD GELATO FESTIVAL AMERICA 2017!

From the news release:

After the technical jury released their results Sunday (Oct.1) night, an ecstatic Carlotta Cattani, President and Director of Production and flavour development of St. Catharines-based Il Gelato di Carlotta Inc. said: “I couldn’t believe my ears when the judges announced the results.”

“This is the first time I have entered such a competition, and on a world stage, and competed against professionals who have participated several times.”

Carlotta was at the three-day competition in Boulder, Colorado, assisted by Lolita Giannelli, the supervising manager for the four Canadian Il Gelato outlets — two in Niagara-on-the-Lake, one at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, and one at the Vaughan Mills shopping Mall just north of Toronto. There also is an outlet in Florence, Italy.

Congratulations to you, too, Kash (Carlotta’s husband and partner). You two are amazing, and so is your gelato!