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Easy veggies

May 27, 2017 / 11:09 am

Here are a few vegetables you can easily grow in a small space, just from scraps.

Salad by any other name...

May 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed As things heat up, 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

Mile-high fun at Star

May 25, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Photo: Contributed Fine wines and the Great Outdoors will come together this summer. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Silver Star Mountain Resort host the Mile-High Wine & Music event on Aug. 12. Experience Canada’s highest outdoor wine and music event as 30 winerie

La Frenz, Naramata

May 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Female energy of spring

May 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed May is a month for matriarchs, it seems. Mothers' Day was May 14 in Canada and this weekend we celebrate Victoria Day (Queen Victoria's birthday). In Quebec they have Patriot’s Day, but I'm sure there were female patriots, too. What is it about t

Extracting lobster meat

May 18, 2017 / 12:01 am

Gordon Ramsay explains how to extract every last bit of meat from a lobster. Say goodbye to the days of wooden hammers and brute force. To break down this expensive shellfish the right way requires a little more finesse.

Perseus, Naramata

May 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Monte Creek, Kamloops

May 7, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Getting down and dirty

May 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed They say April showers bring May flowers. In the Okanagan this year, we are all hoping very strongly for that to happen, since we are feeling a bit waterlogged. Thankfully, here in Paradise, a slump never lasts long – as I like to say, if the weather is all the

Winefest's best awarded

May 4, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Photo: Okanagan Wine Festivals The winners of the 2017 B.C. Best of Varietal Wine Awards have been unveiled. More than 550 wines were entered into 26 different categories for the 23rd Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. Finalists were narrowed down, and one overall winner was declared th

A winefest amuse bouche

May 2, 2017 / 9:30 pm

It's spring winefest time again in the Okanagan, and Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back to take us on a video tour of some of the hotspots. It's the 23rd year for the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, which runs from Thursday through May 14 at venues up and down the

Hester Creek, Oliver

Apr 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Sweet story about Betty

Apr 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Did Betty Crocker ever really bake a cake? My mom sent me an interesting article on Duncan Hines this week – the real fellow, not just the cake mixes. Did you know he wasn’t a chef, but a travelling salesman who liked good food? He ended up writing a g

The Brindle Room burger

Apr 24, 2017 / 12:01 am

There are many ways to make a fancy burger. There are some wonderful ways to make a simple, delicious burger. There's only one way to make Brindle Room's burger.

Blue Mountain, OK Falls

Apr 23, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Eat dirt on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The news is full of items on all the trends about food and eating – Slow Food, the Food Revolution, the 100 Mile Diet – but does any of it really make a difference? In the grand scheme of things, is it better if I support the local farmer growing somethin

Liquidity, Okanagan Falls

Apr 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier, 2016 Winery: Liquidity, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? “Vio”, once you start adding it to your wine portfolio, will quite likely become one of your go to white wines for its medium body,  and not-too-heavy and not-too-light mouthfeel

Chicks, bunnies and tulips

Apr 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Well, here we are, already at Easter. Are you ready? Probably not. In today’s world, time flies. There never seems to be enough moments to make the most of a day; we are always rushing to fill all our obligations. Easter is a celebration that rates the

Poplar Grove, Penticton

Apr 9, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

A sip of coffee history

Apr 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Take a break; be a part of history Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need 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
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