Valentine's Day Menu Options

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 07:57 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

How about some Valentine’s Day menu plans? Going out can be so over rated. Restaurants are packed so that you’re often almost perched upon your neighbour diner’s lap. And you’re also surrounded by other couples, all trying to “out romance” each other, determined to prove to be the most in love couple in the restaurant. Two of my most memorable Valentine’s Days have been at home. And why not? It can be just as romantic, especially when you’re in charge of the lighting, music or movie to ...

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The End of Excess

Sunday, January 10, 2010 08:42 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

The End of Excess, or; Recipes that help Achieve New Years Budgetary and Dietary Resolutions.

January is a tough month. Christmas has come and gone. The holiday break has come and gone, and we’re forced to go back to our regular school or work routine. There’s also the need to live up to our New Year’s Resolutions, which are often too ambitious and lofty.

It’s the start of a New Year, and we all get the opportunity of a fresh start to be more like the pers ...

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Reinvention of the Dinner Party

Sunday, December 06, 2009 10:51 AM Posted by Avalon Bourne

I was born during the wrong era. I should be living in a time of elegance and sophistication where my life’s work would be acting the part of a gracious hostess. Dinner parties have lost their glamour; simple entertaining has lost its glamour or else become so stigmatized with stress and a consumption of time that the idea of preparing a multi dish and multi course meal without caterers or already prepa ...

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The Occasion-less Feast

Saturday, November 21, 2009 11:41 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

Being Canadian, I often wonder why Americans celebrate their Thanksgiving so late into fall. But after the end of Daylight Savings time took away a precious hour of our sun, and as the weather gets increasingly rainy, grey and cold, I can see the logic and the comfort of having a feast day to clear away the seasonal blahs. For those who don’t have the excuse of a statutory late-fall feasting holiday, why not produce and enjoy a feast for no reason at all? Resuscitate the erstwhile Sunday ...

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A-B-Cs of School Lunches

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 08:36 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

It’s been a wonderful summer – lots of barbequing, cocktail parties and lazy days lounging by the lake, now however, it’s almost back to school time. While this conjures up images of buying new notebooks, crisp fall leafs, argyle sweaters, and picking out an outfit for the first day, it also means brown bagging it again. And this year, I am heading back to soak up more education myself. In addition to buying my new textbooks, pens and pencils, I am also stocking up on small Tupperware cont ...

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Get out and Grill

Monday, July 13, 2009 07:16 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

You know summer has officially arrived when you seldom turn on your oven, and even more rarely, eat indoors. It’s too tempting to spend all one’s time outside, and the sultry evening weather, cool cocktails and fresh grill recipes make every evening a party. Here are a trio of burger and summer salad recipes to dive into.

These Curried Lamb Burgers are delicious in and a little different to serve at a BBQ. Pai ...

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Holiday Baking

Sunday, January 25, 2009 04:59 PM Posted by Avalon Bourne

It is undeniable that one of the best aspects of the Holidays is all the baked goodies. The smells of ginger and cinnamon and stewed fruits conjure up nostalgic visions of roaring fires, roasting birds and stockings all in a row. Platters of delicious food all resonating with the joyous celebration of the Holidays: Christmas baking is steeped in tradition and it is from that tradition that we draw comfort and a homey feeling of nostalgia. This is not to say that one must stick to a care ...

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Vegetarian 101

Friday, January 02, 2009 08:54 PM Posted by Ellen Dashwood

I describe myself as an enthusiast omnivore. I love eating meat and seafood, but I also love trying new things, and experimenting with vegetarian dishes and meat alternatives. I have enlisted my lovely sister's culinary prowess to write this introductory article to vegetarian cooking - Lauren.

Having chosen a vegetarian diet for over three years, I was asked to write a few words about cooking without meat. Vegetarian cooking is an important skill for a number of reasons, wheth ...

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Holiday Entertaining on a Shoestring

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:28 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

Or, How to Survive the Holiday Entertaining Season when you have Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget.

OK, so the holidays can be slightly stressful. There’s the stress of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, the stress of finding a parking spot at the swarming mall, and the stress of not embarrassing oneself at the company Christmas party. There’s the stress – and guilt, from the almost constant eating and drinking of rich, and self-indulgent foods – gravy, eggnog, ...

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A Souper

Thursday, November 27, 2008 05:40 PM Posted by Avalon Bourne

Let's talk about soup. Often ignored, or passed off as a dish only for the ailing the once glorious reputation of soup has been much maligned. Soup is the most basic of meals; the tossing of various food items in a pot fulfills a basic instinct of creating with raw tools. Soup is one of our oldest dishes and is even incorporated into the French verb "Souper", t ...

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A Girl's Guide to Winter Hibernation

Monday, November 03, 2008 07:12 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

I can safely say that last week, for the very first time, I began to resent bears. Bears seem to have it right – they wake up deeply rested in the early spring to increasing sunlight, warmth and greater food supply, while sleeping the long, grey winter away. This past week has been just the type of weather to make anyone envy bears and their ability to sleep away their least favourite season. It has been dull, grey, wet and cold outside; mushy yellow and orange leaves lined the streets a ...

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Backyard Birthday BBQ Bonanza

Monday, August 25, 2008 07:48 PM Posted by Avalon Bourne

Two days notice, 10+ guest list and less than perfect weather forecast. Daunting? Not in the slightest. Throwing together an impromptu family BBQ is a snap with a few carefully selected recipes, superb delegating skills, and several bottles of wine.

First a power shop grabbing any specialty ingredients, then a trip to the butcher's to take advantage of any specials. ...

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Roughing it in the Bush

Sunday, August 24, 2008 08:04 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

It's high summer with hot lusty days lasting straight through the weekends, with cool lakes for private swim, and with an excess of places to pitch a tent and get away from it all. I like my adventurous outdoor weekends to border somewhere between roughing it in the bush and five star hotel stays. I like sitting by a lake, dipping in for periodic swims, with lots of refreshing b ...

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The Perfect Cocktail Party

Thursday, June 05, 2008 03:43 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

I had a picture in my mind of what the perfect Birthday slash Cocktail party would look like. Small bud vases with little flowers scattered around the house, mulling lulls of French Jazz streaming out, soothing the scene, friends and family in finery with a glass of sparkling wine or sangria cradled in one hand, deep in sophisticated conversation. And, of course, the appropriate bite sized ...

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Late Winter

Friday, March 14, 2008 10:05 AM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

"And Winter slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring"

Where can one turn when week after week they are greeted with the same bleak, grey weather? For years I have always been able to get comfort from a steamy bowl of Macaroni and Cheese. When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad... I turn to this pasta. My love for Macaroni and Cheese borders on epic. I grew up having Mac and Cheese for dinner a couple times a month, and my ...

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Cheese 101

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 08:24 PM Posted by Lauren Dashwood

Cheese is suddenly everywhere. A myriad of different cheese types are popping up on menus and in grocery stores everywhere. Unusual world cheeses are likewise appearing in a variety of recipes from desert, to breakfast to fondue. Cheese is vogue, and it's really no wonder. Cheese is wonderfully versatile, can occupy a fundamental place at every meal, and ranges from run of the mill ...

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