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Happy Gourmand

Eat your crusts!

May 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Do you remember hearing your parents say that when you were young? The rest of the comment was usually reinforced with the fact that there were children starving in Africa. Guess what? There are still children starving in Africa (as well as many other places) and there are reports and studies...

Ready, set...go summer!

May 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

When I was a kid I dreaded the May long weekend. It was the time when my mom planted the back yard and vegetable gardens, and my dad made sure the lawn was mowed, and the garage got cleaned up for summer use... it was a weekend for chores. We didn't have a pool or a boat, so there didn't...

Give Mom a break

May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

It's that time of year again when we are all supposed to give Mom a break. Cook a meal, clean the house, walk the dog ... Pitch in a bit extra as a way of saying thank you for all she does. Perhaps too Mother's Day is a chance for the rest of us to walk a mile in Mom's shoes? Moms -...

May Day! May Day!

May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the festival of the goddess of...

A break, for hot or cold

Apr 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Perhaps it is those ever-cool spring mornings, or my love for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple...

Salt of the earth

Apr 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

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 keep reading – not...

Celebrate food!

Apr 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Okay, we did just experience one of the most important times of the year, which involves quality time with friends and loved ones around the dining table, so I suppose you don't need an excuse to celebrate food again this soon after indulging. But come on, who doesn't want to say they took...
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Hippity hoppity

Apr 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

Well, here we are, already at Easter. It’s good to know that spring is under way, and I feel like it’s time to celebrate and let loose. I watch my dogs get spring scents in their nostrils and their tails perk up, like they have inhaled a tonic. It seems children at Easter are the same,...

What is it about pickles?

Mar 28, 2015 / 5:00 am

Does anyone remember the old Arlo Guthrie tune? You know, the one about the pickle? He comments in the lyrics on how absurd it is that he could be so successful with a song about a pickle. It makes me think of today and how the food trends have become so extreme, so exotic. Are we yearning for...

Spring inspirations

Mar 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

Now that the seasons are changing I seem to be wanting different flavours on my plate. I head towards the produce section with renewed vigour and if I'm cooking meat or fish it's in a lighter sauce. Maybe I'm motivated by the lack of bulky sweaters that covered my winter indulgence in...

There isn't much a cookie can't cure

Mar 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

My Mom used to say that when I was a kid. It should be said that she was a mean maker of cookies, still is (when I get one). She made lots of treats and cookies were the most fun as a kid because they were so transportable. She made all kinds: hermits, chocolate chip, ginger snaps, butterscotch......

And the winner is...

Feb 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

We talk often about how every day in life should be enjoyed and it is important to make the most of every moment. Movies illustrate that point for us on a regular basis, whether the story is about everyday life, like this year's "Boyhood" and "Still Alice" or about an...

Food is life and what a good life it is!

Feb 14, 2015 / 5:00 am

With Valentine’s Day this weekend, I thought decadence would be a valid column topic. Often we speak of the importance of everyday food in a tone that is more about comfort or health than luxury but there is nothing wrong with a bit of decadence now and then. In fact, I think it should be...

Breakfast: best way to start the day

Feb 7, 2015 / 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 when I was growing up – I remember him saying he didn’t care if I was late for...

Beginner's guide to aphrodisiac foods

Jan 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

What better month than February to focus on aphrodisiac foods? As the month of love starts off, I thought I'd get you started with a bit of history and some ideas, just in case you need a kick start for your Valentine's Day celebrations... Apple - of course, the historical implication of...

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...

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...

I resolve to...

Jan 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

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’t come up with anything yet,...

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...

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...
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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

 




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