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Bruschetta Salad with Garlic Croutons and Parm Crisps

It's time to fill our gardens and kitchens with fresh early summer herbs and basil season is in full swing, so it felt like a good time for me to create a basil-focused salad recipe with this Rustic Bruschetta Salad with Parmesan Crisps and homemade Garlic Croutons. All the flavours of a classic…

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Cucumber Tzatziki Dip with Mini Pita Chips

Springtime patio parties and lazy Sunday afternoons call for a fresh spring dip to snack on, and this Cucumber Tzatziki with crunchy homemade Mini Pita Chips is just the thing to share with friends and family.

This recipe uses fresh crisp mini cucumbers and I've chosen my favourite Windset Fa…

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Fresh Tomato Fruit Smoothie & a veggie giveaway

I'm back with another #WindsetWednesday recipe featuring Windset Farms fresh greenhouse vegetables. This recipe focuses on combining fresh tomatoes into a sweet and healthy fruit smoothie to start your day. This is also the last week to enter April's Windset Farms Spring Veggie Giveaway to win o…

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Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere

Mmmmmm, mushrooms... It was great to be back as a guest on the Mushrooms Canada website recently to share a rustic, flavourful Mushroom Gougere recipe. This Cheddar Chive Mushroom Gougere has fresh chives and grated cheddar cheese baked right into the puffed crust which surrounds a rich and crea…

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Windset Farms Spring Veggie Giveaway

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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Feel Good Cucumber Fruit Smoothie

Happy Windset Wednesday! The sun is shining out here on the west coast and it's time for a cucumber-based fruit smoothie with blueberries, pineapple and kale. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and detoxifiers with no added sugar, this smoothie is also naturally gluten & dairy free and vegan/veg…

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Cooking and baking with RawSpiceBar Spice Delivery

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

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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West coast farm-to-table dining at Radius Food Co.

When I first heard word of the March 2015 opening of Radius Food Company, Central Vancouver Island's newest local restaurant, I was immediately intrigued. It's the kind of fresh, farm-to-table British Columbia cuisine I've been craving, and instead of opening hours away in a Vancouver, Victoria …

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Ugly vegetables are coming to Canada

Back in July a video from a French grocery store chain went viral around the world as Intermarche launched an Eat Ugly Vegetables campaign, encouraging people to purchase and eat blemished and misshapen fruits and vegetables (at a discount) to reduce food waste. And now Canada is joining in the …

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Freshly ground spice blends by mail with RawSpiceBar

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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I Heart Tomatoes Pizza

It's almost Valentine's Day, and I got a little romantic in the kitchen this week creating a recipe for from-scratch tomato-topped pizza with basil. It's a great way to show both your affection for tomatoes and love for the awesome people in your life with this I Heart Tomatoes Pizza.

While m…

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Help God's Little Acre Farm feed those in need

God's Little Acre Farm in Surrey, British Columbia is a beautiful thing - a volunteer-run farm that grows food for those in need. And they grow it well - in the past four years they have donated a whopping 420,000 pounds of fresh, BC-grown produce to those less fortunate.

And they're just get…

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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

It’s almost time for Superbowl watching (and snacking), and I’ve got a new recipe for your game day appetizer menu – Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps using Windset Farms Delicato Living Butter Lettuce. All the flavours of your favourite buffalo wings wrapped up in a healthier yet tasty package that k…

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Brown Butter Enoki Gnocci with Crispy Sage

I’m back again with a new guest post with Mushrooms Canada, and excited to share a fast and flavourful recipe for Brown Butter Enoki Gnocchi with Canadian Enoki mushrooms and crispy fried sage.

Working with Canada's smallest cultivated mushroom, the fairy-like Enoki, was a tasty eye-opener an…

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Twisty Cucumber Salad

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to the months ahead, filled with cooking exploration as I learn new techniques and create fun recipes here on Devour & Conquer. To offset the treats and holiday dinners of December, let's kick off the first Wednesday of 2015 with an entertaining and healthy sala…

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Holiday Foodie Gift Guide 2014 and Giveaway

 

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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Fresh Roma Tomato Marinara Sauce

 

It's another Windset Wednesday here on Devour & Conquer and today I'm focusing on Windset Roma Tomatoes and sharing a recipe to create a from-scratch, homemade Fresh Tomato Marinara sauce.

Using ripe Roma tomatoes rather than canned brings subtle sweetness and a big burst of fresh flavour to th…

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Holiday Stuffing-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

As a huge mushroom lover, I'm so proud to have my first guest post on Mushrooms Canada today. I'm sharing a recipe for Holiday Stuffing-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, an eye-catching side dish that's a great way to bring the largest cultivated mushrooms in Canada to your festive table.

There are als…

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Sweet Bell Pepper Hummus Trio with Windset Farms

Bringing bright colours and big flavours to your appetizer table, this Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus Trio recipe is quick and easy to prepare, and creates an eye-catching snack for family and friends.

I'm thrilled to share that today is Devour & Conquer's first Windset Farms Wednesday post, and mor…

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