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Nourish Cookbook Review and Blog Hop

May 4, 2016

It's nice to be back with another fresh new cookbook to review and this time the focus is on health and flavour with Nourish - Whole food recipes featuring seeds, nuts and beans.

The authors of this new Canadian cookbook, Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom, bonded over their shared love of co…

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Roadfood review - Sam's Eatery in Airdrie, Alberta

May 2, 2016

It's been a long month of driving as my husband and I zip back and forth across Western Canada by car to various business meetings and work projects. Our latest trip took us from British Columbia to Saskatoon, via Alberta. After many, many truck stop coffees and drive-thru plastic burgers and fr…

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Per La Famiglia Cookbook Review and Giveaway

March 22, 2016

It's time for another new Canada-wide simultaneous cookbook review, as myself and food bloggers across the country fill our kitchens with recipes from Per La Famiglia - Memories and Recipes of Southern Italian Home Cooking by Emily Richards.

Once you've read about my experience making Per La …

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Butter Celebrates with Christmas Panettone, a Canadian Blog Hop and Giveaway

November 25, 2015

I've been excited about this day for a while now, because #ButterBakedBloggers are back with something new! There's a fresh cookbook bringing together everything sweet and butter-baked about holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Butter Celebrates! A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with F…

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The Canning Kitchen Cookbook Review

August 25, 2015

It's time for another cookbook review and today it's all about empowering you to embrace the art of small batch canning. I'm joining a great group of food bloggers from across Canada as we try recipes from The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee and share our experiences working with this new canning …

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Where to Eat on Vancouver Island - Oceanside

August 11, 2015

I'm happy to be back again as a guest blogger with Food Bloggers of Canada as part of their 2015 cross-country restaurant round-up featuring great places to eat across Canada. When you're looking to really get into the food of a city or region, these overviews are a great way to catch of glimpse…

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Windset Farms Spring Veggie Giveaway

April 6, 2015

Fill your kitchen with the freshest greenhouse vegetables this spring with my Windset Farm Spring Veggie Giveaway to win one of two prizes of a huge home delivery of Windset produce, along with some tasty-looking Windset swag, valued at $50 each (open to residents of Western Canada & US where Wi…

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Cooking and baking with RawSpiceBar Spice Delivery

March 31, 2015

Following up on my recent review of RawSpiceBar spice delivery service in Canada & the US, I'm sharing a little of my experience cooking with the themed spice boxes.

 Each monthly RawSpiceBar spice box has a theme as you travel around the spice routes of the world, from Native America to …

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Springtime Pickled Beet & Egg Spinach Salad

March 27, 2015

This just might be the most colourful, flavourful salad I've ever made - an Easter-themed spinach salad recipe with pickled beets and eggs from Ricardo Magazine and RicardoCuisine.com.

Ricardo Larrivee is, of course, one of Canada's culinary heroes and his magazine Ricardo and website Ricardo…

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Freshly ground spice blends by mail with RawSpiceBar

March 10, 2015

Wouldn't it be great if a chef showed up at your door once a month to cook you a special meal with his or her own personal spice blends, freshly ground just for you? RawSpiceBar inspires you to be that chef with their spice by mail subscription service, sending you a package of unique spice blen…

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Holiday Foodie Gift Guide 2014 and Giveaway

December 12, 2014

 

Tis' the season to find that perfect gift for the people who make your life brighter (and cook you dinner). If you're struggling to find something special for the home chefs on your Christmas shopping list, here are some tasty ideas to get you started.

While this holiday gift guide is geared to…

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Learning the art of canning with Bernardin

December 1, 2014

 

Being able to actually conquer the skill of canning and preserving at home is easier that you might expect, it only takes a desire to try and the right tools to get the job done. Luckily those tools are all wrapped up in the handy Bernardin Home Canning Starter package.

I must begin the story o…

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Honeycomb Brittle and Butter Baked Goods Giveaway

November 26, 2014

 

Oh, I've been looking forward to this one for a while... It's time for the Butter Baked Goods Cookbook Roundup and Giveaway!

A diverse group of food bloggers from across Canada have been pouring over the pages of Butter Baked Goods - Nostalgic Recipes from a Little Neighbourhood Bakery. This ho…

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Pizza perfection at The Parlour Yaletown

August 7, 2014

Whenever I get the chance to float away from Vancouver Island and visit Vancouver's big city lights, I try to seek out new and different restaurants. With that attitude in mind, I tried a Vancouver Foodster Restaurant Tasting event a few months back and was introduced to The Parlour Yaletown.

My …

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Vancouver Culinary Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway

April 24, 2014

Living on Vancouver Island, I'm so close yet so far away from Vancouver's vibrant foodie scene. I get to enjoy the odd lunch or dinner when I come into the city on business, but I really wanted to do some restaurant exploring in Western Canada's largest city.

Then the perfect opportunity popped u…

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Tea Sparrow Review, Discount and Giveaway

March 6, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love getting things by mail. When I was little I always wanted to be the one checking our mailbox when the little red flag popped up (ah, days gone by when we all had a mailbox of our own). As an adult with the vast majority of my work being done in fro…

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Going high tech in the kitchen - A Nexus 7 review

February 12, 2014

I love trying new kitchen gadgets, but many that I try are of the 'funky grater' or 'unique pasta maker' variety. Bringing technology into my kitchen has been limited to me dragging my laptop onto the counter to follow more complicated online recipes and YouTube videos. So I was delighted when Sta…

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McDonalds Poutine review

January 26, 2014

I am very Canadian in my ever-dedicated love for poutine, that perfect combination of fries, cheese and gravy. I've tried different versions all across Canada, everything from the traditional Quebec and strange regional versions like a West Coast poutine topped with seafood and chowder gravy.

I h…

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Foodie Gift Ideas 2013

December 12, 2013

 

Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you finished your shopping yet? I'm not even close, but I'll get there...

I wanted to share some of my foodie gift ideas from products I've learned more about or tried myself in 2013, all of which are easy to order online (what's that, less time in over-…

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Snacks by Mail - A Snackbox Review & Giveaway

December 10, 2013

If you're an adventurous Canadian foodie who loves snacks and enjoys fun packages delivered to your door, Snackbox is for you.

This new subscription service is available nation-wide, sending a monthly snack box crammed with 10-12 unique and healthy snack choices to your door. There are 1, 3 and 6…

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