Thunder Bay·Northern Nosh

Learn how this Dryden accountant shifted into pasta making

The Pure Blend started as a home-based side business in 2019 and is nset to expand into a commercial kitchen.

Bobbi Turpin's pasta can be found at local markets, restaurants and though delivery

The components of The Pure Blend's four-cheese ravioli. (Submitted by Bobbi Turpin)

Bobbi Turpin never expected to become a full-time pasta maker.

"It's a happy surprise," the professional accountant and bookkeeper said with a laugh. "It started off as a hobby."

Bobbi Turpin is the owner of The Pure Blend. (Submitted by Bobbi Turpin)

I reached Turpin recently to learn how she turned her passion for pasta into a business called The Pure Blend.

Tap the player hear our conversation.

Jonathan spoke with Bobbi Turpin, an accountant-turned-pasta maker in Dryden about her business, called The Pure Blend. 5:53

Shortly after our conversation, Turpin told me that she'll be moving production of her growing enterprise out of her home and into a commercial kitchen in April. 

To learn more about The Pure Blend, head to their website. Thanks to listener John Russell for the tip.

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Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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