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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

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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.

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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

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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

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jul 30, 2005 / 5:30 am

Stay the course… She says, When I cook, I like to make sure that I find a theme and stick to it. I am definitely not the professional chef in the family, but I have this as my credo whenever I am in the kitchen. I like to think it comes from my respect for different cultures and an interest in the

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jul 23, 2005 / 5:30 am

Gourmet camping meals He says: I just came back from a two days camping trip at Mabel Lake near Lumby. The weather was great, the lake was beautiful and we ate two nice meals worth explaining. Our first dinner was Buffalo Sirloin Steaks with Wild Mushrooms, and Purple and Yellow beans from our gar

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jul 16, 2005 / 5:30 am

When in doubt, go Greek. He says: Greek food for the summer is an excellent choice for the hot climate of the Okanagan. Once a week, I cook something Mediterranean, from a simple 10-minute salad to a full 5-hour leg of lamb cooked on a campfire. That region of the world offers amazing tastes that

Kids Can Cook Too!

Jul 9, 2005 / 5:00 am

Every time I go to work, I get to see inside people’s fridge and pantry. I have to say, many people in Kelowna eat pretty good food and take the time to cook. One thing that I have noticed though, is often the parents don’t have the kids participate in the dinner-making procedures. A few weekends

A Pair Of Gourmands

Jul 2, 2005 / 5:30 am

Good Things Take Time, but they don""t have to be hard. She says: One of the reasons we moved to the Okanagan was the possibility of being in a bread basket region. There are so many foods available from this area, and that is a beautiful bonus when you are a gourmand. Couple it with the fact that

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Jun 25, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead He says: Okanagan Cherries rule… I love this time of the year, once the cherries start hitting the local markets it’s the beginning of the sweet flavour of the Okanagan entering my kitchen. Since I have only been living in the Okanagan for about 15 months, I am sti

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Jun 18, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Why don""t Dads Cook? She says: I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, it always seemed funny to me that Chefs were mostly men and yet at home it was mostly the women that cooked. Most men know how to cook, but if they are with someone else they often just d

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Jun 11, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Eating in the big city! He says: I just came back from Vancouver for my daughter’s grade 6-graduation ceremony, and while I was in the big city, I took the time to make two great food stops. Every time I go to Vancouver, I have to eat at Memphis Blues BBQ restaur

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Jun 4, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead - Bury yourself in berries. She says: I remember summers in North Vancouver, at my aunt’s house, eating piece after piece of toast slathered with as much strawberry or raspberry freezer jam as it would hold! I swore when I grew up that I would make freezer jam too, s

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May 28, 2005 / 5:30 am

Submitted by The Chef in Stead He says: Forget later, eat it, drink it and use it now! Last weekend I had people over for dinner, and the funniest conversation occurred. One of the guests has a 1986 vintage bottle of wine that she has kept for a special occasion. The problem is that there is a bi
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