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Lavender-Blueberry Shrub for Cocktails and Salad Dressings

Shrubs are a big part of the current cocktail craze, and for good reason – they’re delicious! A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup, sometimes called drinking vinegar. Shrubs typically consist of vinegar infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in cocktails … Continue reading

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Chili-Dilly Pickled Beans

When I spotted these gorgeous purple beans at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, I was tempted to buy a whole bushel. I adore beans and their vibrant colour made them extra alluring. My enthusiasm was tempered when the vendor explained that … Continue reading

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Quick Pickled Scapes

While I am not a huge fan of the taste of raw scapes (the curly green tops of garlic plants), I love them once they’re cooked a bit or, better yet, pickled in a pungent brine. Quick pickles are fun … Continue reading

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Caramel-Apple Jelly

While I adore chocolate, I think caramel trumps all. Sweet and thick, sometimes chewy, caramel has a unique, almost-earthy flavour thanks to bringing the sugar almost to the point of scorching. I frequently make Caramel Sauce, Salted Caramel Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Tips for Tomato Lovers

One of my favourite early-fall activities is to head to the farmers’ market and pick up a couple of bushels of ripe Roma tomatoes. These will form the base of lots of delicious dishes in the months ahead. While it’s … Continue reading

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Peach Chutney

The cheerful sight of brimming baskets of fruit at farmers’ markets is almost intoxicating for me. While I adore sinking my teeth into fresh, juicy plums, cherries, peaches and more, I also love to preserve them in many forms so … Continue reading

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