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Bessie North House Pig Roast

Bessie North House Pig Roast By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that she needed stories with a farm theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. Recently, as part of their thank you to their Kickstarter supporters, Dave Smart and his wife, Susan – co-owners of Bessie North House Farm and Restaurant – had a pig roast. This amazing new venture, located on Bessie North Road just outside of Canning, is already proving to be a successful restaurant with reservations for sold out nights well into the summer and fall, but let’s talk about the farm….
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Wild Feast Among the Vines at Planters Ridge Winery

Wild Feast Among the Vines at Planters Ridge Winery By Emily Kathan On a recent Friday evening, diners had the privilege of looking out over the vineyards of Planters Ridge and beyond to the Wellington Dyke while enjoying a six course tasting menu, along with the vineyard’s own wine pairings. The view was punctuated by the occasional bald eagle gliding past on a gentle breeze, and the local songbirds were kind enough to provide the perfect soundtrack to an evening of foraged ingredients incorporated into each of the beautifully executed courses. Avery Peters and Chef Nelson Penner have together created…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Native Fruit By Melanie Priesnitz One of the many wonderful things about summer in the Valley is the abundance of great locally-grown food. Much of the food grown here commercially is not native to the region. Most of the big crops have been introduced from other regions, and some never existed anywhere in the wild. Corn (Zea mays), for example, is said to have been developed approximately 7000 years ago in Mexico from a wild grass called teosinte. The corn that we cultivate and eat today has been in this region…
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Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch Cheesecake

Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch Cheesecake Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn ran a restaurant, wrote a couple cookbooks and thinks that everyone deserves good food. Join the Facebook group Better School Food Annapolis Valley and let’s figure out how to make it happen! I know what you are thinking. Why on Earth would anyone mess with the sublime pleasure of the Valley’s first strawberries? And I would agree. Also the ingredient list is mighty long and it involves quite a few steps. Make this after you’ve already enjoyed your first strawberry shortcake, maybe even…
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Dinner Out: Unpredictable Dining by Tangled Garden

Dinner Out: Unpredictable Dining by Tangled Garden By Scott Campbell There is only one word to describe this dinner: magical. From the moment we left the parking lot and walked into the fairyland that is Tangled Garden, we were spellbound. We were greeted by one of our hosts, Lisa Boehme, as soon as we walked through the gate. She gave us a quick tour of the retail space and our “dining room” and then sent us off to explore the expansive and mystical gardens on our own. Before entering the rest of the garden we stopped and chatted with Alexandra,…
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Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton

Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton By Mike Butler “Happiness is knowing there is bread in the oven!” Elizabeth Charlton, of Slow Dough fame, is a well-known Valley-based baker and cooking genius. Have you ever had her carrot cake? Honestly folks, I pride myself on having carrot cake from corner to corner of the Maritimes and Elizabeth’s is my favourite! The bread, the lemon cake, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, chocolate-covered, whole grain: the list of her delectable treats is limitless. This wonderful Wolfville kitchen guru is the reason a lot of us give in to our sweet tooth temptations every Saturday at the…
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Recipe: School Lunches and Stinger Ranch Dressing

School Lunches and Stinger Ranch Dressing Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn ran a restaurant, wrote a couple cookbooks, and thinks that everyone deserves good food. Join the Facebook group Better School Food Annapolis Valley and let’s figure out how to make it happen! It’s June and the school year is winding down, but a school food project at Berwick School is just getting started! I’ve been popping in to lend a hand for just one week and I’ve already learned so much from this somewhat daunting but exciting project. For one thing, kids…
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Recipe: Nova Scotia Rice Paper Rolls

Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook. Her second collaboration with Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, is now available! Find more recipes at jennyosburn.com and see what she’s up to on instagram at jenny.osburn Nova Scotia Rice Paper Rolls Makes about 20 These addictive snacks are one of my favourite things to take on a picnic. I especially love that something so exotic and fresh can be made from simple Nova Scotian ingredients. This time of year you can tuck in…
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Margie’s Rhubarb Pudding Cake

By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook. Her second collaboration with Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, is now available! Find more recipes at jennyosburn.com and see what she’s up to on instagram at jenny.osburn Margie’s Rhubarb Pudding Cake Here’s an incredibly delicious, simple recipe for right now. When spring finally bursts wide open in the Valley, I find myself in a bit of shock. Though I count down the last days of winter, it’s always tough for me to warm…
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The Annual Woodville Chicken Barbecue Set for Sunday, May 27

The Annual Woodville Chicken Barbecue Set for Sunday, May 27 Hosted by Boates Farms on 432 Bligh Road in Woodville, this annual fundraiser supporting the Woodville Community Centre has been a local tradition for 47 years. This event typically draws over 3000 diners to eat at picnic tables set throughout the orchard. The chickens are barbecued over an open pit, potato salad, coleslaw, pickles, and rolls are served, cider is offered, and, if the timing is right, the orchard’s fresh blossoms set the scene. This year The Mighty Oak String Band will be playing all day, and a bouncy castle…
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