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Adopt-a-Pet Oct. 7

Thunder Thunder is a 1-year-old who is a tiny cat with a big spirit. He loves to play, especially with laser pointers, and any time he can stretch his curiosity. Long, lean, and always down for a chat, Thunder would do well in almost any home, as long as he can sample what life serving with his new family. He is available to adopt for a fee you name through Sunday, ...

 
 

The French Chef: Squash pear soup

Autumn's best silky, warm soup has a basil chiffonade and one secret ingredient.  Embrace seasonal vegetables from your local farmer’s markets just like in France. I love visiting Kennett Square farmers’ market on a Friday afternoons or the West Chester Growers market on a crisp fall day and shopping by at Baily’s dairy farm for any last minute vegetables. Seasonal ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Sept. 30

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Ferdinand Magellan  Ferdinand Magellan is a 5-month-old who would circumnavigate the world just to find his forever family. He loves to play, whether it’s a ball or a scratching post, he has the spunk required for any adventure. This little guy has an explorer’s spirit and ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Sept. 23

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Alaina Alaina is a 1-year-old with unique black markings. Young and active, Alaina is over the moon when she gets to play with her laser toy. Alaina is confident and independent and likes to have time to herself as much as she likes to show off her agility. Alaina would ...

 

The French Chef: Moules Marinières!

Do you find yourself always ordering mussels on the menu of your favorite restaurant or always wanted to make them at home but did not know how? Are you pressed for time? Try this easy recipe of steamed mussels in a white wine, onion, garlic and parsley sauce. I have a very simple, quick and delicious recipe for you.  You will be amazed how easy it is and how ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Sept. 9

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Shadow Shadow is a 1-year-old who looks like a miniature panther. This handsome cat is both cuddly and playful and would enjoy spending his days playing and then getting the chin-scratches he adores while he naps. Shadow would do well in almost any home. Shadow qualifies ...

 

The French Chef: La Ratatouille!

Three Summer vegetables will impress friends and family.  I want to share with you this delicious summer ratatouille recipe. It's so easy! All you need are zucchinis, green bell pepper, fresh tomatoes (skinless), onions and garlic. This is a typical summer dish/stew from the Provence region. It is a French provencal vegetable stew. With the abundance of fresh ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Sept. 2

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Dirk Dirk is a 6-year-old staff and volunteer favorite; you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t on team Dirk. Despite his celebrity and handsome looks, dog-friendly Dirk doesn’t let it go to his head and is a just looking for a forever home where he can sit back, ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Aug. 26

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Gingersnap Gingersnap is a classic orange tabby – a big cuddly bundle of love. He’s very affectionate and enjoys lap time and being held. He should do well with another easy going cat or as an only kitty. He is available for a fee you name through Sunday, Sept. 1. Myrtle ...

 

Pop-up dinners at Hank’s Place

Not too long ago there was a car commercial with the tag line, “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile.” A pair of Chadds Ford restaurateurs could borrow from that line and say, “It’s not your father’s Hank’s Place anymore,” at least not four times per year. Owners Anthony and Katie Young, who bought Hank’s Place a little more than two years ago, are trying something new ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet Aug 19

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Giavanna Giavanna is a sweet mama who came to the shelter as a stray with a smile on her face that she still carries today. She is a social girl and has done well with other calm dogs in playgroups. Giavanna loves attention and rolling on her back for belly rubs. This ...