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Hello and welcome to Shack Life Quarterly, a food and travel resource for shack dwellers of all kinds.

This blog was inspired by my parents and by Heidi Swanson’s blog 101cookbooks.com. I wanted to be able to share the wonderful recipes from my childhood that my mom compiled from her ‘black book’ into a cookbook that she gave my brother and me for Christmas in 1996. I also wanted to further explore my dad’s idea of a food and travel diary that he called ‘Shack Life Quarterly’. I had started a website but struggled to find the format for the content. I wanted it easily editable, structured but not too restrictive, and able to be commented on by other people. When I discovered 101cookbooks.com earlier this year, I realized that a blog is the perfect format.

I’ll be using this blog to document my cooking, restaurant and travel experience. Enjoy!


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RSS feeds are something I discovered recently for keeping track of when my favourite websites are updated. You can find technical explanations of RSS feeds and how they work on Wikipedia or by searching for ‘RSS feeds’ on google, but if you’re not interested in all that here is the simple explanation.

Using Firefox‘s live bookmarks, or any other RSS reader like Google Reader, you can easily see when this or other sites with RSS feeds (like the BBC or CBC) are updated. I personally use the live bookmarks feature in Firefox to keep track of 101cookbooks.com and the BBC news.

If you want to keep track of when I update this site (and please do!), you can click “Feed on Posts” near the top right hand side of this screen.

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