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Bacon Caesar Salad from scratch in 15 minutes

I love this Bacon Caeser Salad recipe, it's quick to make and crammed with great textures and flavours all infused with bacon-y goodness. This recipe also introduces one of my favourite recent inventions - Bacon-Fried Cripsy Capers - tiny, crunchy blooms that explode with salty spice when bitten i…

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Lemon Lovers Shortbread Cookies

'Tis the season for eating cookies with abandon, which also means it's Cookie Exchange season. I love my Vancouver Island group of friends who bake up a storm every year, then get together for appetizers, drinks and cookie eating and exchanging.

I nearly didn't participate this year, as I've had …

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Turf n' Turf n' Turf - A Turducken Review

Ah, Turducken - TURkey stuffed with DUCK stuffed with chickEN, hence the name. We've all heard the legendary stories of this triple stuffed fowl extravaganza. I've always been curious, but never taken the leap myself. Then Echelon Foods contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a pr…

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Empty the Cupboard Energy Bars

Making recipes on the fly with a pinch of this and a little of that often means that my cupboards come to a point where they get clogged with almost empty bags and containers of random dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Same goes for the cereal cupboard, where almost empty boxes of cereal get pushed to …

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Comforting Carrot Ginger Soup

I burned myself in the kitchen last night in the most idiot way.

I was cooking steaks in the oven after searing them in a frying pan, I took the pan out with my oven mitt, turned around to open a bottle of wine to de-glaze the pan, then turned back around and grabbed the damn handle with my bare h…

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Persian Rice with Canadian Beef

I was lucky enough to grow up in a very eclectic area of Ontario that included both new immigrants and refugees arriving to start a new life in Canada. Welcoming new families to our community and getting to know their culture, I was even more lucky to be able to sample and share their internationa…

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Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken with Blue Cheese Spread

The perfect buffalo wing is a beautiful thing, searing hot from the deep frier, crispy and spicy and saucy all at once.

Sadly, real life does not allow for every night to be wing night, no matter how much my husband wishes it would. But with a little inventiveness, there's a simple way to mimic t…

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Spicy Lime Kale Chips

Kale. For years, known to me only as that weird green cabbage-esque plate garnish, might be edible but why bother?

It turns out all I had to do to fall in love was put it in the oven...

Kale chips are a revelation to almost everyone who tries them. Baking this uber-healthy leaf instantly turns a…

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Vij's Chicken Curry Recipe & Cookalong Review

It was with great pleasure that I participated in last week's first ever Live Online Cookalong with Vikram Vij. I had a blast cooking along with Vikram and found the opportunity to tweet questions to directly to him as I cooked during the broadcast was invaluable.

Lucky for everyone who missed it…

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Menu & Shopping for Vij's Live Cookalong

Are you going to join the rest of Canada learning how to cook an Indian Family Feast live online with Vikram Vij?

I certainly am, and have been looking forward to learning what meal Vikram will be teaching all of us. Announced this week in newspapers across Canada, it's going to be...

Vij Family…

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Creating a personalized wild sourdough starter


I've spent the last few years learning how to make a variety of breads at home, and one of my proudest achievements was successfully creating my very own sourdough starter for making bread. 

I decided to go old-school with the sourdough technique, very old-school in fact, without using any pur…

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Retro cookbooks are cheap & tasty entertainment

When I was a little girl I would spend hours pouring over photographs in my mother's cookbooks. I was fascinated by the art that could be created with food, although at a young age that just translated to page after page of "Mmmmmm, I want some of that..."

As an adult, I've had lots of fun hunting …

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Practically Free Vegetable Stock

It's said that there's no such thing as a free lunch, but this recipe comes pretty close.

During my recent visit to the Dirty Apron Cooking School, Chef David Robertson mentioned a great home cooking tip that I've tried in the past, but had forgotten about in the flurry of learning other things. With…

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Christmas Meringues, the angelic holiday cookie

It's that time again, the season where cookies and baked goods are popping up everywhere, tempting us with their festive tastiness.

I'm lucky enough to have a great group of baking friends out here on the Island, and we meet up each December for an annual cookie exchange and tasting competition. T…

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Épis de Blé - a Thanksgiving-worthy baguette

I had the privilege of being invited to a Thanksgiving feast potluck at a Central Vancouver Island farm yesterday, the very place I buy my amazing vegetable plants each spring, in fact. My friends who own this farm have begun the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of throwing a huge potluck feast in o…

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All Hail Doughvember!

The more Twitter foodie people I follow, the more excited I get about what's happening with food conversations on social media.

A great example of this is searching up the hashtag #doughvember. Yes, it's a play on the Movember Movement: where men grow a mustache in the…

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How to save tomato seeds

I came across an heirloom tomato farmer at the Penticton Farmer's Market selling a beautiful variety of heirloom tomatoes grown in the area. I asked him if he had any advice for saving my own seeds and he gave immediately offered me and other market shoppers an impromptu demonstration of how to pr…

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