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Happy Gourmand

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...

Nuts at Christmas

Dec 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

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, attend the kids' Christmas...

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...

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...

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...

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 :) He Says: This past week I heard the funniest term on the radio. A guy mentioned it...

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...

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...

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...

Sustainability and responsibility

Sep 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

What good is a great dinner if there is no planet to live on? 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 sustainable economy, but...

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...

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...

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

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 August is when the rise of...

Etiquette - it's not about being a jerk

Aug 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

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 are considered acceptable, it...

Stop and smell the flowers

Aug 2, 2014 / 5:00 am

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 tending the garden and walking...

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...

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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About the author...

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, being someone who is passionate about people having a good time . Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, marketing and service programs. Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column.

She says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that "sense of place" from where the food has come... the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had.

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment; sharing that joy with others is how I keep those good vibes going!"

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 







The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.



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