Grilled vegetable pasta salad

Jul 17, 2012 / 10:27 pm

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Summer strawberry pepper salad

Jul 10, 2012 / 11:43 pm

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Asian coleslaw

Jul 6, 2012 / 11:51 am

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I am...Happy

Jun 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

In recent years we seem to have transcended the stereotype that paints Canadians as almost-like Americans but with a colder climate and a funny accent, thanks in no small part to those beer ads that advertise all the passions Canadians have. All the wonderful pastimes we enjoy are certainly part

A salad by any other name...

Jun 23, 2012 / 5:00 am

As summer gets closer I am encouraged to see the garden grow, and know that soon we will have our own veggies from the garden. Salad is a staple at our house during the warm season, and I love being able to gather the ingredients from the back yard. I remember as a kid that the usual salad was wi

Breakfast: best way to start the day

Jun 16, 2012 / 5:00 am

I am a firm believer that having breakfast does wonders for starting your day in the right direction. Perhaps my conviction is in part due to the fact that my father was quite insistent about breakfast for the kids in the house – I remember him saying he didn’t care if I was late for

Salt of the earth

Jun 9, 2012 / 5:00 am

She says:   I was reminded recently while talking at the water cooler that the simplest things in life can often be the most important. I am not talking of saving the world with a new message for peace; I am speaking of seasoning your food with salt. (Okay, pepper is good too.) Please ke

Official kitchen wisdom & other tidbits

Jun 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

She says: I saw a news piece this week that spoke on the topic of urban myths, or what used to be called “old wives’ tales”. They were debunking all those things your mother told you when you were a kid - to get you to eat your veggies or brush your teeth. They were the kind

Pad Thai

May 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

Ingredients: 1 chicken breast, julienned (you could also use prawn, shrimp or tofu) 1 large carrot, julienned 1 small onion, julienned 1 handful bean sprouts 1 cup spinach, julienned 1 egg, scrambled 1/3 package of Glass rice noodles (a.k.a. Rice sticks

As time goes by...at the dinner table

May 26, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed This weekend Martin and I will be attending my stepdaughter’s High School Commencement. To think that “the first day of the rest of her life” is here already, when I can remember her as a little girl in preschool, is a daunting memory. I

Canadian summer

May 19, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed In Canada, we pride ourselves on our climatic toughness. We like to trade stories of the worst winters and compare the endurance we have against those from other cities. Did you know the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg is the windiest street corner

Enrico Pinot Grigio 2010

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

          ENRICO WINERY Pinot Grigio 2010, Vancouver Island, BC $17 The pinot gris grapes are estate grown. Pale straw in colour and the nose has gentle aromas of pear, flowers, honey and a subtle minerality. The wine has

Moobery Raspberry NV

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        MOOBERY WINERY Raspberry NV, Vancouver Island, BC  $19 Morningstar Farm in Parksville is home to MooBerry Winery and Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. This bright translucent red, light bodied fruit wine captures the essence

Enrico Syrah 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        ENRICO WINERY Syrah 2008, Vancouver Island, BC  $19.50 Although Enrico Winery is located near Mill Bay on southern Vancouver Island, the syrah grapes were grown in the sunny Okanagan Valley. The wine is medium-bodied wit

Merridale Somerset Cider 2006

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

      MERRIDALE ESTATE CIDERY Somerset Cider 2006, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, BC $20 A selection of ten different cider-apple varieties are grown to produce these exceptional ciders. They include Tremlett’s Bitter, Hauxapfel and Mic

Averill Creek Pinot Noir 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Noir 2008, Vancouver Island,BC $26 Situated in the Cowichan Valley the nose of this estate grown pinot is brimming with cherries, leather, violets, smoky charcoal, and stewed prunes. The colour

Road 13 Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2008

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

  Photo: Contributed     ROAD 13 VINEYARDS Sparkling Chenin Blank 2008, Okanagan Valley, BC $35 This lively bottle of fermented sparkling wine made in the traditional French champagne method is indeed a celebration in a bottle and perfect for

Averill Creek Pinot Gris 2009

May 16, 2012 / 2:35 pm

        AVERILL CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Gris 2009, Vancouver Island, BC  $20 Pale golden straw colour with the aromas of honey, tinned pineapple, hints of turpene, seasoned hay, and ripe melon. Barrel fermented and aged on the lee

Are you my Mother?

May 12, 2012 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, I was remembering times with my Mom and thinking of all the things I loved. I will admit here that I was most fortunate as my Mom loved being a Mom and she was able to stay home while my brother and I were s

A rainbow garden

May 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

I have been looking at the garden seed catalogues trying to plan out what we will grow this year in our wonderful garden, but it seems every year the dilemma of deciding becomes more difficult. It is bad enough I have to choose between beets and turnips or decide whether the extra space at the ba