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Nuttier than a fruitcake

Nov 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is the threat of snow on the hills it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know that some stores have had items for sale for almost a month now but I really do think that even a die-hard Yuletide fan knows the

Baker's Balls a.k.a. Goat Cheese Fritters

Nov 20, 2014 / 1:48 pm

One Big Table wanted to reach a little higher, to be a little better, to learn and to share what we have encountered in our Beautiful Valley. And in order to do that we asked for your help: and you responded. My Kickstarter Campaign was successful and now we get to enjoy better equipment to

Gastro sexual

Nov 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I asked my husband The Chef Instead to weigh in on the relationship of men and women in the kitchen. He has some good pointers for men looking to cook up some interest in a lady they like :)   Photo: Contributed He Says: This past week I heard the funniest term on

Oktoberfest Grilled Cheese with UB French Gold

Nov 12, 2014 / 3:50 pm

The best way to eat the local star French Gold from Upper Bench?Take it out of your fridge, unwrap it, let it sit at room temperature for 1/2 or so and then put it straight in your mouth. The second best way is the famous Oktoberfest Grilled Cheese by One Big Table! Simple & Delicious

Root Vegetable Scramble

Nov 3, 2014 / 3:19 pm

Welcoming the new season and not only here at the One big Table HQ! That's right, Celeriac is back and this personal favourite made its tasty way in the latest locally inspired and seasonally delicious creation: Root Vegetable Scramble. ROOT VEGETABLE SCRAMBLE 1 Golden Beet ( or red wi

The other 50 shades of grey

Nov 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

That got your attention, didn't it? But this is a family column, so I'm not going to get all kinky. I just wanted to talk about the striking beauty of late fall, and the way the colours of nature can transform a day - one moment can be flat and dreary and the next can be breathtaking in its

Hallowe'en apples!

Oct 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I was a kid, that's what we shouted as we went door to door. Because if you shouted, "Trick or Treat!" then the people opening the door could respond with "Trick!" and then we'd have to come up with one. The standard my brother and I had was to sing "Mary had a

Chef's thanks for hunting season

Oct 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I have a guest post from my other half, Chef Martin Laprise. Since we are in the season of harvest and hunting, I thought it offered an interesting perspective...since this past week we had World Food Day in recognition of family farmers and the need for sustainable agriculture I wanted to

Giving thanks for the weirdest things

Oct 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

It's funny, as I get older I find the things I cherish the most from my childhood are those quirky things that I saw as uncool or downright weird when I was a kid. Now I regard them with wistfulness and humour. I long for the days when the biggest worry I had was dealing with the comments from f

Cheers!

Oct 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

We live in a "bread basket", one of those bountiful regions of the world that offers a plethora of food grown within arm's reach without unreasonable effort. In our part of the world we tend not to suffer anyway, but in the harvest season we really do benefit from all the goodies. I kn

Sustainability and responsibility

Sep 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

What good is a great dinner if there is no planet to live on? Photo: Contributed Did I get your attention? I was pondering what to write about this week and happened upon this video put out by National Geographic. It deals with sustainability. We talk about sustainable agriculture and

Indian Summer

Sep 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

As I sit here writing, there is a goldfinch outside the window chirping. He sounds a bit like our dog, Simon, when he has one of his many squeaky toys in his mouth. It's the same demanding "See me!" kind of voice. I wonder if this little fellow is not Mother Nature's PR representat

How to eat your peas & quinoa

Sep 13, 2014 / 6:00 am

Dining Etiquette Part 2 For Part 1, click here   I'd like to continue my series on dining etiquette in hopes of getting everyone back on the same page. It seems we have lost the common language of the table and it's no longer clear what message is being transmitted between the

One Big Table - S.3/E.1 - Taccole (Romano Beans)

Sep 8, 2014 / 2:18 pm

http://www.facebook.com/onebigtable This video is about Taccole a.k.a. romano Beans. Meaty and Delicious, they make for a great vegetarian main course or an excellent side. Simple, simple, simple. And delicious. Cook it. Now. It's delicious. Also... In the new seas

Pork Jam

Sep 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

As I write this, Martin is boiling fifteen kilos of plums on our stove…it's the time of year when we get creative with the seemingly endless bounty from the orchard and garden. I thought it only fair that I share our inspiration with you, along with a bit of trivia you might like to pass

The dog days of summer

Aug 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have just been through the hottest part of the year, known from ancient times as "the dog days of summer" in honour of Sirius, the Dog Star. It is the brightest star in the sky, so bright that people thought it added to the heat of the season. In July and A

Etiquette - it's not about being a jerk

Aug 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed In the last week I've seen three articles on "what not to do" when dining out, and that made me think... have we really become so self-centered that we don't realize when we are being unreasonable? Since in today's world so many kinds of behaviour

Stop and smell the flowers

Aug 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm sorry there is no column for these first two weeks of August. I just ran out of time. Summer is the very busy work season for Martin and I, and I couldn't squeeze in any more activities after the catering work and the WOW service work and the laundry and ten

Does there have to be an app for that?

Jul 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I was young my parents talked about how life was simpler when they were kids. They bemoaned the fact that life was so busy. I remember cartoons that touted the advent of inventions that would make life easy again - you know, like the moving sidewalks and fancy appliances the Jetsons had in thei

Rock around the clock

Jul 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

Martin and I are headed across the border this weekend for our yearly visit to the hamlet of Wauconda, Washington. If you are a regular reader you'll know that our trip to the Fabulous 50's Sock Hop and Vintage Car Show at the Wauconda Community Hall has become a staple of our summer. We go
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Wishful Drinking - Joyce Wegner

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