Spicy Beans Delight

Have you ever ordered a Caesar or Bloody Mary and had the pleasure of having it served with a spicy bean? These gorgeous pickled beans are what my dreams are made of; spicy, crunchy and salty. What more could I ask for? It wasn’t until a friend of mine, Alexis Kelsall, and her blog ” [...]

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Green Thumbs – Big & Small

Every year I make the promise to start a garden, and every year I do, but by mid-August, there is usually nothing left but a few burnt looking bushes and some sad looking herbs. It seems that I often bite off more than I can chew. This year I decided to start off slowly and [...]

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Sexy Salsify

It was on a recent Saturday morning trip to the Halifax Brewery Market, that I was pleasantly surprised to see salsify amongst the vegetables being sold by Ted Hutten of Hutten Family Farm. I had been introduced to salsify back in my Toronto days when Anthony Walsh, Executive Chef of Canoe, brought a box of [...]

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The Jarring Continues – Pickles & Chow

I know that I’ve already written about the whole pickling/preserving deal, but for the past few weekends, while my crack head kids have decided to behave, I’ve actually gotten some pretty cool pickling done and wanted to share it with y’all. My first weekend, I managed to get a batch of Corn Relish and Green [...]

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Jar Fulls of Goodness

It is that time of year again. Labour Day weekend has come and gone, the kids are back at school, and the farmers’ markets are full of bounty. Right now, you can find everything from cucumbers to tomatoes, beets to beans and many fruits like apples and pears. Now, I know, even as a chef, [...]

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