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Sugar Pie For The Holidays

Dec 24, 2005 / 5:30 am

He says: After lots of shopping around for the last few months, I finally bought an electric deep fryer (the DeLonghi 4 litre model). I have had a recipe in mind and now is the time to make it! This week I am baking a batch of memories from Quebec - donuts. As long as I can remember, my whole fami

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 17, 2005 / 5:30 am

Christmas Traditions! He says: Christmas is just around the corner and if you want to boycott turkey this year, it’s fine with me as long as it’s done right. Don’t go replacing the traditional turkey meal with some obscure dish that no one will recognize. My suggestion to you a nice veal tenderloi

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 10, 2005 / 5:30 am

Local shops for Christmas She says: I got an e-mail to stop by and have some mulled cider and lavender shortbread for their Christmas Fair, and how could I turn that down? So, we stopped at the Lavender Pear recently (2983A Pandosy Street), after I had seen a notice that they had an Open House for

A Pair Of Gourmands

Dec 3, 2005 / 5:30 am

A Winter Wonderland! He Says: Being from Quebec, snow is part of our lives whether we like it or not. My dad used to tell me this story from 1971: “18.5 inch of snow within a few hours, blizzards, and a power outage for 2 to 7 days. It was one of the biggest snowstorms to ever hit Montreal…” and p

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 26, 2005 / 5:30 am

Give thanks for the simple things She says: This weekend the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, and even though I am eighth generation on my Mom’s side of the family I still think about being thankful this weekend. Perhaps because we don’t have the lavish dinner however, the foodie thoughts that co

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 19, 2005 / 5:30 am

She says: Buy local and keep jobs local too... I remember craft fairs very fondly from my childhood (can you tell I turned 40 last week? I keep harping on things from days gone by!) Anyway, when I was a kid the fairs were in old barns or warehouses and the people there were mostly hippie-types wh

A Pair Of Gourmands

Nov 14, 2005 / 9:22 am

It’s official. She says: There is no more avoiding it, folks... The frost is on the ground and the snow covers the mountains. The sky is dark when you get up and when you leave the office, and you had better have your slippers on in the morning, because the bathroom floor is cold! If you are still

A Pair Of Gourmands

Oct 29, 2005 / 5:30 am

He says: I have heard too many stories this fall about Orchard farmers in the Okanagan having no labour to help pick apples off the trees. Can you believe this? I see young adults begging for money almost every time I go downtown. What’s happening to this world? People would rather be outside degra

A Pair Of Gourmands

Oct 22, 2005 / 5:30 am

Comfort Food He says: The other day Kristin and I were looking for a place to eat a quick bite, but nothing pretentious, just home-cooked food. We had seen the Cherry Pit Restaurant while driving in Westbank, but had never been inside. We walked in the restaurant around 11:15am and the place was

A Pair Of Gourmands

Oct 15, 2005 / 5:30 am

Poultry? He Says: If you ever needed to read between the lines, now would be a good time to start. When you watch the world news, this Avian Flu H5N1 strain is on the news everyday now… If this virus turns into a human epidemic, the food chain will be seriously affected relatively quickly. I will

A Pair Of Gourmands

Oct 9, 2005 / 5:30 am

Thanksgiving, let’s smoke some turkey! He says: First of all, before starting, I want to give my many thanks to the turkey for eating so much good grain and grass. I am about to smoke you for 6 hours and hopefully you will taste good, but either way, it’s not like I can kill you if you don’t! Tur

A Pair Of Gourmands

Oct 1, 2005 / 5:30 am

Warning to all moose, fall is here… He says: Fall is definitely here - the chilly nights, the smells, the kids are back to school and the hunters are cleaning their rifles and buying licenses. I did not grow up in the Okanagan, so fall here is not what I remember from my childhood. When fall arr

A Pair Of Gourmands

Sep 24, 2005 / 5:30 am

Stinky, but good! Commercial Street in Vancouver. He says: I just came back from a quick trip to Vancouver to promote my new book. I had not been shopping on Commercial Street in 5 years. I drove around a few blocks before finding a parking spot. The smell of grungy streets and urine mixed with c

A Pair Of Gourmands

Sep 17, 2005 / 5:30 am

Back to school! She says: When I was a kid, I was a geek. Actually, I am still a geek, but that is easier to deal with once you get past 30. As a young girl, I always dreaded the social part of school because that was the part you couldn’t study for. I was shy, and I never seemed to be in sync wit

A Pair Of Gourmands

Sep 10, 2005 / 5:30 am

Waiting for gumbo’s return! He says: Well, it looks like New Orleans will be pretty messed up for a long time. Watching TV, and seeing water everywhere, seeing and hearing about all the contaminated water being pumped out into the lake, I cannot imagine what it will do to the aquatic food chain.

A Pair Of Gourmands

Sep 3, 2005 / 5:30 am

Go see your local specialty store He says: This week I want to take a minute to tell you about Valoroso Foods, 1467 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna. I shop at Valoroso every week, and so far I have yet to be disappointed with the products or the service. Every time I go visit the wonderful ladies behind

A Pair Of Gourmands

Aug 27, 2005 / 5:30 am

She says: Tomatoes are the fruit of love, some say because of its heart shape, but in fact the term “love apple” goes back to Biblical times. They are reputed to be a relative of the mandrake plant, which is known as “the love plant” for its aphrodisiac qualities. I don’t know if I can say tomatoes

A Pair Of Gourmands

Aug 20, 2005 / 5:30 am

The hunt for cheap peaches! She says: Call me a glutton for punishment, but I love August for the bounty we get from the fields, and this week, it is peaches! It seems that you have to be careful what you wish for… I wanted to find peaches at a good price to can and freeze for winter. We started w

A Pair Of Gourmands

Aug 13, 2005 / 5:30 am

More men in the kitchen! He says: Recently, many of my customers have been men wanting to learn more about cooking. It varies, as I get asked to teach everything from simple basic meals all the way to the fancy stuff. Last weekend I was teaching a married guy who has a new interest in cooking ho

A Pair Of Gourmands

Aug 6, 2005 / 8:42 am

She Says: We decided to write a shorter column this week, as everyone seems to be out making the most of the summer. We were too this past week, and so we just wanted to share some of our favourite food memories with you… We went to Penticton to go to the beach there, as my Mom hadn’t been since sh
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