Hello,

I love you.  I just wanted to tell you that first.  I also want to sip some tea with you, in the garden, with cats on our laps.  
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My name is Pamela.  I was born and raised in the coal mines of Pennsylvania where I helped my father grow his tomato plants so high we couldn’t see out the kitchen window in the summer.  I then moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend art school much to the confusion of all my family.  There I met a boy named Matthew who wore tall striped socks and had matching neon blue hair as me, so I fell in love with him.  We moved in together quickly and he brought his childhood cat Essy along.  I also fell in love with Essy. Shortly after finishing school, we packed up all our belongings in a U-Haul and moved from one city to the city; New York City.   We moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and we have lived here since. 

A year after we moved to New York, we got another cat, Xanadu.  Then a few years later we got another cat, FiFi Bofinkles.  Then a few days later we got our fourth cat, Brother Bear.    I’m dearly in love with our furry critter babies.   You can find me usually on the floor talking to them in baby voices or dancing with them in my arms while kissing them.  If I’m at a friend’s house you can can probably find me on their floor talking to their cat in baby voices.  I love cats.  I really love all animals.  Animal documentaries make me cry, nature is brutal – why can’t everyone get along?
Essy, Xanadu, FiFi Bofinkles, Brother
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Update: Our beloved Essy died in January 2014. She was the love of our lives.  We’ll always remember her as the Queen of our home and hearts.  I made a long post dedicated to her.

Update: In March 2014 we added a kitten to the family.  His name is Goblin and he is crazy.
Goblin got his nails trimmed today. He is not pleased with this. #catlady #goblin #cats #cat #persiancat #Persian #fluffy #fluffball #kitten #furry #catsofinstagram #greycat

Update: In July 2015 we added a beautiful Maine Coon girl to the family. Her name is Toes and she is full of love!
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So yeah, we have 5 cats. They all get along.  Sort of. 
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Every summer Matthew and I talked about gardening memories that we both experienced.  We had no back yard, we had no soil to dig into, so we thought – what if we make a garden many stories up on our roof?  It started small, just a few containers, then every year later it continues to expand.  Today’s garden remains on our rooftop that many people refer to as a mini farm due to the numerous crops we grow.  We grow broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, pumpkins, watermelon, kale, strawberries, onions, carrots, sprouts, lettuce, soy beans, corn, cucumbers and more.  We happily spend many hours there every single week during the growing season getting our hands (and nails) dirty.  

weekly harvest with cats

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So that’s how Brooklyn Farm Girl began.  I wanted to share with others my experience of living in a big city but has that itch sometimes for a small town life.

Love,
Pamela
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Things to know:

While I write this Xanadu (who is a crazy Siamese cat) is snuggled on my lap.

My nickname is Meowza.

I am a obsessive tea drinker.  Visiting Twinings in London was one of the most memorable moments of my life.

My dream vacation is Tokyo. And Galapagos.  And Antarctica. 

I work as an artist with my creative partner and love, Matthew. We direct crazy, colorful, fun films!   Some people say we were one of the first people to do fashion gifs
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I have had blue hair for many years in my past. I miss it dearly. I’m back to blue! I’m gray! I’m back to blue! I have black hair now.

I also really love gray hair.  Go gray girls!
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I love Disney World.  I cried the first time I went there.   Yes, I have Disney luggage. 
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I went to Disney World for my birthday and Halloween in 2014 and it was the happiest time.  We dressed up as clowns and went trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom. 
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My nails are often chipped. And sparkly. 

I’m the Northeast Gardeniere for Home Depot & Miracle Gro.

I love anything cute with a face.   After I saw this pizza I immediately hugged it and then bought it.

How much do we love cute things? This is our house.
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I have a special place in my heart for bears.

I love rainbow sprinkles!
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I’m obsessed with holidays.  We go all out for Halloween and Christmas.

I love basketball.  We are season ticket holders for the Brooklyn Nets.
First Brooklyn Nets game this season! #basketball #brooklyn

We are big Cavs fans. Matthew if from Cleveland so the love runs deep.  We went to the  NBA Finals in Cleveland the last 2 years.  
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My other favorite part of basketball games is the delicious cake they sell. 

I plan for tomato harvests and spend all day in the kitchen making sauces to last all year long.

Mayo really grosses me out. 

I sing and dance to our plants, I feel like it makes them happier.
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The garden at sunset makes me a happy girl.

I love flashy sneakers, cat print clothes and smiley faces on sweaters.  Sometime I wear them all at the same time.

We like waffles.  

I love snowmen.
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I love pizza.
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We have a very large collection of stuffed animals which might appear from time to time in posts. It might weird you out but that’s totally okay.

I can’t wear lipstick without feeling silly.

I would love to cook you dinner.
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I learned how to ride a bicycle in my 20’s.

I’m scared to ride a bicycle in NYC.

I wear long dresses so I can hide my cats under them.
You want to know why I wear long dresses and skirts so much? It's because I can hide my cats under them. #catlady #goblin #cats #cat #persiancat #Persian #fluffy #fluffball #kitten #furry #catsofinstagram #greycat #dress #style #siamese

I made a Hello Kitty costume for Halloween that made people on the streets stop and ask me for hugs
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Everytime I go to Target for one item, I end up buying 16 things.

I love Target.

I love farms. I will help you on your farm if you ask me, but only if you let me talk to every single one of your animals. I will love them all dearly.
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No seriously, I will love all your animals.  You will have to pull me away from them. 
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In 2016 we started our own Upstate New York farm!  You can read more about it here. 

Don’t let me around holiday themed Oreo Cookies.

Or donuts.
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I am most excited when we grow pumpkins.
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 This is my dance I do when we spot pumpkins.
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My dad is one of my best friends.

When I was a child I made everyone on my street play BINGO with me.   I had my own BINGO set.

I use a PC.

Matthew and I were together for nearly 10 years before getting married at City Hall.
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I love sushi.

I really love cats.
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My bookmarks folder for recipes to try is out of hand to the point I can’t find anything.

I will hold the door open for you.

My vacuum is a robot named Blinky.

I sleep with a eye mask on.  Until a cat takes it off me. 

I love county fairs, especially the food.

Goodbye for now.  Power to girls.
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And Happy Gardening!
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      • Oh Pamela, I already adore you. You seem so full of life and character.. And most of all, you love kitties! I do too, I have 13! And they are all my precious furr people.. Keep up the great work, I love your garden and your cats are gorgeous!! Ciao
        Miss Evan

        • Miss Evan, thanks for stopping by! 13 cats!! Please tell me more about your precious felines, that’s alot of furry toes to tickle. 🙂

  • I am so glad I found your blog! I was going to send you this message days ago, but I’ve been busy reading through all of your posts! Your blog is amazing, addicting and pretty as a Angora cat! Just wanted to let you know- A new super-fan just entered the club 🙂

    • Hi Johanna, thanks for leaving this comment and stopping by. My blog is feeling pretty special with the Angora comment, I believe it’s even purring! <3 hugs

  • So glad you commented on my blg so that I found my way to you! I too have a love/obsession wih felines. I only have one rigt now because I don’t think she’d like having to share attention 😉 Im super impressed with your rooftop garden! We just bought a house and I’m clueless about gardening so I may be coming to you for tips when we plant one.

    • Hey Amy, thanks for stopping by! Well if your cat ever needs a play date, I have 4 ready to hang out. :D) Good luck with your garden!

  • I don’t know how you found me or I found you or why I am only reading this page just now, but….major girl crush right now. In a non-stalkery, not creepy kind of way. Promise.

    Your garden…..ahhh!!!!

  • Love your about page Pamela! Chris and I were together for 11 years before getting married at city hall (SF). 🙂 My neighborhood is full of cats! I’m the foster Mommy for my neighbor’s cats when they’re away. I love that clown picture. Is that really you? 🙂

  • I just checked out your blog after I saw it on Sunnie’s page and oh my goodness I love it! I especially love how you love cats. My blog is named after cats 🙂 I will definitely be sticking around!

  • Oh Pamela! I’ve just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! And I love everything about you… I too love animals, kitties in particular, of which I have 2 – Finn and Shadow. I love your rooftop garden. I love Brooklyn and NYC. I went to Disney for the first time Christmas 2011 with my girls and I actually cried! My girls and hubby thought something was wrong with me. And I am convinced that if we actually met, you would be one of my “bestest” friends! Cheers!

    • Please send my regards in form of under the chin rubs to Finn and Shadow! Disney just does that to you.. we are hoping to go back maybe this winter.. last time we went in August and it was the hottest experience of my life! It really is the greatest place on Earth! Thanks for stopping by Lidia! 🙂

  • hi Pamela!
    Anthony and I are from Brooklyn but we now live on a 160 acre farm in southwest Colorado, in a town named Bedrock! I found your site looking for a pickle recipe. We love your site and your exuberance for growing things! We can’t believe what you’ve done on a rooftop! We have 6 dogs of all sizes and colors, 4 horses and 25 Chickens. Anytime you’d like to come out and help we’d love to have you!
    We love your energy!
    Love and kisses
    Sarah and Anthony

    • Hi guys! Your comment made so happy! You are living the dream… except I need some more cats! 😉 Keep doing what you’re doing.. would love to hear more about your adventures from city to farm life! 🙂

  • This is one of the best About pages I’ve ever read! Your blog has the most gorgeous pictures as well

    I’m scared to ride a bike in NYC as well. I think it’s a terrifying idea.

    • Thanks Ameena! Riding a bike in NYC is terrifying, right? My husband does it with joy, but I can’t think about it without getting scared!

  • Oh my goodness! I loved this! I’m originally from Pittsburgh, too … and Disney World is my most favorite place on Earth! (We took a family vacation there recently for 2 weeks – I could have stayed another month, or 50. I was so very sad to come home!)
    This is one of the most terrific About Pages I’ve read – so much fun!!!

    • Hey Gretchen! Pittsburgh is such a beautiful city isn’t it? And Disney World for 2 weeks! That sounds like the most magical time ever! We’re hoping to go back very soon!

  • Oh my gosh, where are you from in Pennsylvania? I also grew up in coal mine country outside of Pittsburgh (Washington County) and eventually moved to New York, although I now live in California (another childhood fantasy of mine). In any case, what a cool coincidence of sorts.

    • Hi Katy! I’m from a town about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, but I moved to Pittsburgh to go to school. I love going back to Pittsburgh to visit, what a beautiful place!

  • I’ve just stumbled upon your blog while searching for a pumpkin chili recipe. I, too, grew up in western PA, went to Pittsburgh for school, left in 2005 for an adventure in Appalachian Virginia and am now living in Manhattan. I’m excited to have a CSA share here, but I’d love to have some garden space of my own. Thanks for sharing your adventure on here. I look forward to reading in the future!

    • Hi Amanda, thanks for stopping by. It’s funny how much in common we have! Hope you’re able to join a Community garden soon!

  • am about to attack your stewed tomatoes recipe here in portland oregon.
    am brooklyn boy(78) who grows tomatoes on our retirement community roof yet remembers fondly growing a minimum of 30 plants in my baltimore md. back yard!

    glad to see that you are in brooklyn and carrying on. maybe it’s the water?! love, ron

    • So happy to hear that Ron, hope you enjoyed the stewed tomatoes and had a great night! I will think of you when picking tomatoes on the rooftop. 🙂

  • i love your random things! i also have a drawer full of fun patterned socks, i adore funnel cake, and this past summer we planted our first illegal rooftop herb garden. i hope to expand to grow actual vegs next year.

  • Hi Pamela, I would like to nominate your blog for versatile award, I think it’s a wordpress.com thing but a great opportunity to share your blogs. I’m taking this chance to recognize and share your awesome blog to other bloggers. Your blog rocks!
    I have a link to your blog from my award nomination page:
    http://myeasychineserecipes.com/easy-Chinese-recipes/versatile-blogger-award/
    Come check out other great blogs!
    Thanks!

    Dan.

  • Pamela, I’m enjoying exploring your blog… you’re so adorable and I love your recipes! I also love cats and I’m jealous that you have 4… my one cat baby, Rafa, fills my heart to the brim but I would love to have another 🙂 Looking forward to continuing to follow your blog!

  • You followed us on Twitter and I happened to be in NYC on business with my company VegTrug! How strange! When I started the company I envisaged a rooftop garden with Ross and Rachel teaching Joey how to grow carrots! It’s all coming true! Great blog and great garden. All the best from the VegTrug team!

  • Wowzers! Color me impressed and a new fan of yours. What an awesome and inspiring story. I’m an apartment dweller too and now I can’t help but think of at least trying to grow a few things on my tiny deck this summer. Btw, those veg in the first picture look incredible. Well done!

    Thanks for sharing your story and journey with all of us. I look forward to checking out more of your posts. Cheers!

  • I. LOVE. YOUR. BLOG. 🙂 I love the fact that you have a rooftop garden! That’s been a dream of mine for quite a while now. We live in a tiny apartment with a really tiny balcony. My husband and I tried growing veggies but got too busy with work and basically (shamefully) forgot about them and they sadly died. Buuut, we have a new baby aaaaaand we decided that I would stay home with him, which meeeeeans…I’ll have no excuse for neglecting our plants, which is gooooood because I don’t plan to. I’m so excited to start. I’ll be looking to your blog a lot for tips! 😀

    • Good luck with your balcony garden Vicky! You can do great things with small spaces! Let me know if you ever have any questions!

  • Thanks for the comment on my soy sauce chicken recipe!! My first US comment 😀 first of all.. Excuse my poor English writing. Second of all: I’ve been browsing your site for the last 10 minutes and do honestly believe everybody needs a little bit of Pamela in their lives. Off course… I don’t really know you at all. But to me you seem like a positive, bubbly, happy person… The type of human being this world could use some more of.

    Please stay that way!

    Love from Holland

  • Hello Pamela,
    What a joy to read your blog. I came to it after searching for a recipe for chinese takeout chicken and broccoli but this is so much more!
    I felt so happy after reading through and seeing the wonderful pictures of your garden.
    I live in the countryside in Tasmania and now feel inspired to work much harder in our own veggie garden (and maybe do a little dance when I spot pumpkins)
    Love and best wishes
    Carol Ann in Tassie xx

    • Hi Carol Ann, your comment made my day! I am happy you enjoyed your stay and I hope you come back! Also make sure to dance when you spot your veggies growing.. gardening is always more fun that way! 😉

  • I love that you love cats and will talk to every farm animal. Me, too. Came across your blog when searching for a half-sour pickle recipe–looking forward to trying yours!

  • Where have you been all my life?? I’m loving your website, your kitties, your garden porn, and your cute hubster! Despite living on plenty of acreage…I grow only herbs. We live on a portion of a dairy farm that has been in my husbands family for over 100 years. We are north of Pittsburgh by 45 miles.

    • Thanks for stopping by Tracee, your comment made me smile. 🙂 Matthew and I met in Pittsburgh so I hold a special place in my heart for that place. Also, I’m totally jealous of your dairy farm! Swoooon!

  • I love your pickle recipe it rocks !! We live on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mts of Va. our son Paul is working at Brooklyn Farms at the base of the bridge across from the Salt Factory. I am inspired by the urban ag going on in the city, it renews my faith that we have not lost the connection to the land and that in our genetic code we still understand we came from the earth .!!!

    • Hey Tim, thanks for stopping by! So happy to hear you enjoyed the pickle recipe and are rooting on urban gardening! There’s something magical about getting your hands dirty isn’t there? 🙂

  • Other then love of cats ( I am all English bulldog, drool, farting, canine frat boy) I am totally where you are at. I live in Portland, OR, have a cooking degree but they don’t teach you farm to table garden/ canning bliss. I am from Baltimore, so I am just now learning the wonders of my garden and how to incorporate it into my daily cooking. Your blog is great and I totally wish you could just come over and we make some food, drink some booze and like watch some netflix…

    • Hi Angie, thanks for the smile! That sounds like a fun evening.. you bring the bulldogs, I’ll bring the cats, I think we can turn them into friends! 😉

  • Oh my God. I’ve never in my life seen someone that is so similar to me. The number of stuff we have in common is overwhelming, I cannot fathom. Amongst it, I’m an art student, with blue hair, and I love cats A LOT haha. Plus you’re living exactly the kind of life I’m dreaming of! I just discovered your blog – I’ve been overweight all my life but started a healthy life once and for all – and the recipes are deliciously inspiring. Living in Brooklyn is my all time dream forever. Reading this made me incredibly happy and hopeful. Have the best day ever Pamela, and Matthew too, and all your cats too! I’m going to check your blog at least three times a day!

    • Hey Anne, your comment made me super smile – I mean it. If you’re ever in Brooklyn, we need to meet up for cat chat with yummy recipes! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! <3

  • I just found your website for your vegan chocolate donut recipe. After reading your About page, I am your newest fan. You sound absolutely rad. Thank you for keeping a blog!

  • I loved reading your about page! The story of you and Matthew and your cats is very sweet. I like the picture of you with the long dress, and the cats underneath when you lift up the dress! 🙂

  • So, your cat, Brother, looks like my Gryffin, and Matthew is wearing an old-school Cavs hat (which means, if he’s a fan, he is as sad as I am this week). I do believe this is the universe telling me I need to try your Half Sour Pickle recipe with the 8 lbs of cucumbers I picked up today! Can’t wait to take a peek at your other recipes, too!

    Thanks in advance for sharing them with us!

    • Thanks Shelley for stopping by! In that case, Gryffin must be a cutie! We’re both Cavs fans (and love basketball!) and went to the 2 Finals games last week in Cleveland, it was a blast! Hope you enjoy those pickles!

  • I’m originally from Brooklyn and I now live in NC. I too am a country girl at heart. I grow corm, tomatoes, watermelon lettuce, peppers, cabbage, eggplant, onion, okra, mint, broccoli rabe, squash, zucchini and blueberries all in pots. But my plants don’t look as lush as yours. Thanks for your very entertaining blog, it put a smile on my face and my heart. Cheryl B.

    • Hey Cheryl, the smile is returned because that’s how I felt reading your comment! I’m so glad you visited and I hope you come back. It’s awesome you’re growing all those vegetables, I’d love to share some of those blueberries! 😉

  • Hi Pamela,

    I am so glad I found your blog and can’t wait to make your stuffed pepper casserole it looks yummy. I love to make stuffed peppers and stuffed tomatoes in summer and your recipe combines them both into one perfect meal. Love your roof top garden it looks like heaven on earth. We love cats and have three of them 🙂 Sending hugs.

    • Hey Gina, thanks for the lovely comment, it made my day! Right now my husband is obsesed with the stuffed pepper casserole so it becomes a Summer regular. I hope you enjoy it! Send some chin rubs to your kitties. 🙂

  • Thank you for writing such a nice article about my daughter Crista’s ice cream company Phin&Phebes. I know Crista and Jess both appreciate it.
    Pamela Freeman (Crista’s southern mom, formerly and Air Force brat who lived in a lot of states.

  • You are certainly a unique individual and I respect you for that. I have never know anyone who lived in New York City or Brooklyn. I admire your spirit and love that your roof is your garden. Keep it up. We need more like you.

  • I loved reading all about you. I love so many of the same things. Your garden is amazing. I try, but I fail every time at gardening. I think it’s because I get busy with other things and forget. You have inspired me. I love your apartment. I love all the cute stuff and food with faces! I LOVE pizza! I’m going to follow you on Pinterest and twitter. 🙂 xoxoxo

    • Hey Laura, thanks for the super nice comment! Food with faces = amazing forever! Pizza = also amazing forever! Gardening is a full time job. In the summer and the roof gets so dry (hot hot hot!) that we have to keep up with it fairly often or it’ll start to die. Even on those lazy nights where I just want to snuggle with the cats, it’s time to spend an hour walking around the containers watering! It’s hard being a garden mama. Say hello more often! 🙂

  • You girl, are fabulous. Thank you for your honesty, it is so refreshing. You have been an inspiration to me, the ‘urban farm girl’ in Denver.

  • Pamela, I scoured tastespotting today for a black bean brownie recipe. After nixing six different recipes, I clicked yours, and was grateful for the refreshing simplicity and lack of “fluff” in description steps. It was my first time making a black bean dessert after gagging at the thought initially. Let’s just say I’m a believer now…after ONE time making it without strict measuring. Your recipe was superb for someone like me who likes to add and remove a little here and there, personalize the specifics…ya know?! Thank you for being the one who christened me into the beanside. 😉

    • That makes me so happy to hear that you enjoyed my black bean brownies recipe (it’s one of my favorites, I love how fudgy they are!). Enjoy your walk on the wild beanside! 😉

  • I feel like I just made a new friend!! Thank You!! You are getting the most out of life and having fun!! So nice to see in young people, keep spreading the whimsy!!!!

  • I was looking for a cake recipe for my 23 year old son (had to be a funfetti recipe) and landed on your funfetti brownie recipe. I adored your personality so much that I had to seek out your blog and it made my day reading about your life. I must say, however, I’m probably your exact personality opposite in life and for that reason feel you are even more fantastic to behold. Many blessings to you from CO…

    • Hey Liz, thanks for the extra nice comment – it made my day. Hope you guys enjoy the funfetti brownies! Have a great day! 🙂

  • Hey Pamela. I love your teaswap image and I wonder if I might use it. I’m running a Tea Amnesty in Oxford in May to raise money for the Disaster Emergency Comittee Appeal for Yemen and East Africa.

    Would credit you of course. But wanted to ask.

    Love the site : )

    James

  • Hailing from Brooklyn as well, you just got a new subscriber! Very cool that you have a roof top garden in this urban jungle 🙂

  • Hi Pamela! You are so friendly I feel like I know you! Kudos to your garden in the city! My hubby and I have a house in Ct after living in midtown for years. Alas nothing can keep us away because now, 9 years later, we have an apartment in Queens again AND the house! My garden is at the house and all the pleasures of the city in Queens (We both work in Manhattan). I love how it is so doable to have what you want! Just wanted to stop by and say hi so, hi!! I hope all is well with you and Matthew <3. P.S. I'm a kitty girl too.

  • Hi Pamela,
    Greetings from Goolwa in South Australia – you might need a very big map.
    Anyway, your recipe for the cheesy hamburger casserole has popped up,on my FB – the wonders of technological serendipity!
    It looks great – except I might make my own mushroom soup/stock.
    One question though – when your recipe says 1 tbs of beef bouillon, are you talking the real thing, or beef bouillon powder?
    We both have English as our native language, but sometimes things get lost in translation!
    Cheers
    Derek Mitchell.

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