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Farmers’ Feast – the Holiday 2015 Edition

Every month or three, I get a chance to step into culinary overdrive for a week or so. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market has designed a great program to help showcase the abundance of delicious local products on offer year ‘round … Continue reading

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Books for Cooks – 2014 edition

I am often asked for cookbook recommendations and I have to confess that my answer varies widely from day to day and season to season. Were I to win a lottery, one of the first things I’d go shopping for … Continue reading

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Roasted Nuts with Maple, Chili and Rosemary

Every year I make several batches of roasted nuts for holiday snacking and gifting. I like to vary the seasonings from year to year and this year I decided a sweet-spicy combination was in order. Maple syrup is great for … Continue reading

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Pickled Apple Slices

It’s no wonder so many good restaurants are making and serving pickles, preserves and chutneys these days – they brighten up the flavour of just about any dish and often add a nice pop of colour and texture on the … Continue reading

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Sugar and spice holiday gifts

Vanilla is one of the most popular spices in the world, particularly for those who enjoy baking. There’s a huge difference between the flavour of artificial vanilla extract most often sold in grocery stores and the real thing, made with … Continue reading

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Gift ideas for cooks of all kinds

Given how much time I spend in my own kitchen, I’m often asked for gift ideas for both novice and experienced cooks. My suggestions typically tend to be practical and long lasting as I am not a big fan of … Continue reading

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Holiday treats from the kitchen – Part 1

Handmade, consumable gifts are a thoughtful way to extend holiday greetings without breaking the bank. Edible treats are ideal accompaniments to purchased gift cards, or you can wrap up a few items along with candles and napkins in a gift … Continue reading

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