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Chase away the winter blues

Jan 24, 2015 / 5:00 am

I don't know about you, but January puts me in the doldrums. The seemingly endless stretch of grey days, the cold wind, my runny nose... not my favourite time of year, for sure. Now that we have had our New Year's cleanse and we've been to the gym a few times, a little fun can't hurt

The Bean Scene: For the Love of Coffee

Jan 20, 2015 / 11:37 am

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Sprinkles on broccoli, really?!

Jan 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

(First, I must apologize for leaving my regular readers hanging last week. I was down and out with a cold and couldn't formulate enough coherent thought. Thanks for missing me! If you'd like to read my post-sickie column on my blog, click here.) As the New Year starts and I see all the re

I resolve to...

Jan 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s that time of year again. Did you make a resolution? Have you resolved to improve on some area of your life? Are you aiming to reach a new goal? I read an article recently entitled “Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions”, so in case you haven’

The right way to start the New Year

Dec 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

I hope, dear reader, that as you read this you hear the joyous laughter of loved ones and you smell the aromas of a holiday kitchen. Perhaps there are children playing or pets running about, and you are warming your hands with a warm cup of coffee or tea. But what would the holiday be like if you st

Holiday eats: thumbprint cookies

Dec 20, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Photo: Val Palmer This recipe was submitted by Castanet's very own Val Palmer.  "These cookies are a bit fussy to make, but are definitely worth the effort!  My family loves them!" she said. By the looks of them, I'm trying this on the weekend. The rec

We need to believe

Dec 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I was a kid life was simpler. We didn't have the Internet to answer all our questions, and there was no such thing as "reality TV" to claim to show you what life was really like when you grew up. It was easier to believe in magic then, but I don't think it's impossible now

Holiday recipes: DIY Baileys

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:21 pm

Photo: Bill Everitt Holiday celebration would not be complete without all of the food groups, including a cocktail! On Christmas morning my family usually has a mimosa or two (sparkling wine and orange juice) but Baileys or some other form of irish cream liqueur is another common

Holiday recipes: Lemon tarts

Dec 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Bill Everitt Lemon tarts are a dessert (or anytime holiday snack) that my grandmother Jean faithfully baked every Christmas season of my life and my mother's before me. You end up with a flaky pastry cup and the liberty to add as much lemon curd as you wish - Freed

Nuts at Christmas

Dec 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Here we are, coming up quick on the Big Day, and everyone is running at mach speed trying to check everything off the list and be sure that they are ready to fulfill all their holiday obligations. Fight the traffic to get to the mall, wait in line to buy the gifts, atte

Breakfast for Champions

Dec 10, 2014 / 10:34 am

3 simple secrets, that are not really secrets at all, to become a better chef in your kitchen. 1 – Always Trust your senses. You are the one in the kitchen. Forget about the recipe. If it looks burnt it is probably because it is burnt. There is no recipe more accurate than your taste

Christmas without a Santa-size tummy

Dec 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

We all would love to have our cake and look good too (did you see how I manoeuvred that expression?!) However, we know that is unrealistic. Don't worry though... were you afraid I was going to suggest the best way to achieve this is some ab exercise or extreme diet? You should know me better tha

Meet your Makers Series - Monika the Baker

Dec 3, 2014 / 10:27 am

Something truly magical happens when you meet your taste makers. You bring back to your kitchen the love, and respect that the ingredient was created in. You don’t just put that cheese away, but you make sure it has a good spot in your fridge, that it is well wrapped and well cared for.

Christmas is for sharing

Nov 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

She says: I was thinking about a topic for this week, and I remembered that December 6th was the Feast of St. Nicholas, another day that is celebrated amidst the many that make up the festive season. That made me think about the traditions of the holidays and how they got to be…. Do you

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
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Wishful Drinking - Joyce Wegner

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