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Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins

Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook I’ve spent the past months testing an array of party dishes for a new cookbook I’m working on. It’s a painstaking process to take a careful record of each step, especially for a cook like me who often doesn’t measure or use a timer. Some of my ideas have fallen flat in the execution, such as a dulse dip that I will never attempt to make again because it was just terrible. But most of these sessions have yielded delicious simple recipes using local ingredients, even in Nova…
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Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines

Valentine’s Day made Simple with NS Wines By Laila North, Go North Tours So many of us panic to make Valentine’s Day special for the one we love. We scramble to get a reservation at a fancy restaurant only to find it noisy and far from the intimate evening we anticipated. Avoid the crowded restaurants and make a fabulous dinner at home paired with Nova Scotia wines! Here are some ideas to help inspire you!! Start the evening with Avondale Sky Lady Slipper Rose ($17). This pink wine sets the Valentine’s Day mood and reveals notes of cranberry, cherry, and…
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East Indian Split Pea Soup

East Indian Split Pea Soup By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook A good split pea soup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. My mom made it often when I was growing up and she still reigns as the Pea Soup Queen. Hers used to be made with a meaty ham bone, but is now most often vegetarian; thick with sweet potato, celery, onions, and carrot and spiced up with toasted cumin. When I ran a restaurant, we spiked our version with everything from pulled pork to maple sausage, always to good reviews. This version keeps all the comforting…
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Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at jennyosburn.com This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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Active and Healthy Living : The Gift of “No”

Active and Healthy Living : The Gift of “No” By Lee-Ann Cudmore, Registered Acupuncturist Call/text: 902-300-5100,  valleyacu.ca This holiday season I want to give you permission to give yourself, the gift of “No”.  Just think that one over for a few minutes. Right now I am flying somewhere between Philadelphia and New York, for work, and writing this article. The idea has been brewing in my mind for quite a while and I am excited to start the conversation. It needs to be said out loud because people are admitting it in whispers, but the signs are there written on…
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Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta

Recipe: Somerset Harvest Pasta By Jenny Osburn, “The Union Street Cafe Cookbook” Last month I got to cook lunch with grade 5 students at our local elementary school. The kids had started a vegetable garden in the spring. Dedicated volunteers tended the garden all summer so there was plenty to harvest in October. A celebration was in order! I was thrilled when my friend Megan, a teacher at Somerset, asked me to pitch in. We made a plan to cook with the vegetables the students harvested. There were purple carrots, zucchini, beets, and a mountain of kale. Maybe not the…
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6th annual 12 Days of Cookies

6th annual 12 Days of Cookies By Tim Jackson The staff of Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) invites you to share in the joy of cookies. For twelve days in December, staff and the public will be baking – and sharing – recipes and cookies. Each recipe along with pictures will be shared online via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on the AVRL blog. All branches and the Bookmobile will be taking part in this cookie extravaganza on weekdays from December 5 to December 20. There is also a contest to encourage public participation and a chance to win a ‘cookie…
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Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles

Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles Laura Churchill Duke, Valley Family Fun Are there ever mealtime battles at your house? Do the kids ever ask you how much more they have to eat before they can leave the table? I have lots of people who have told me how stressful meals can be. It’s no different at our house either! But we have found a few tricks, when used sparingly, that can really work. 1. Kids Help with Meal Planning: We do up a weekly meal plan and I always ask the kids to pick one meal each that they would…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles Melanie Priesnitz I was not a child to play with swords. I much preferred making dandelion soup, so I have only recently discovered how much fun having a fencing duel with cat-tails can be. If done at the right time of the year you get the added bonus of covering your opponent with either fluff or pollen. I have lately found myself with a surplus of cat-tails and am discovering all sorts of uses for them – there are a plethora. Typha latifolia, commonly known as cat-tail is a common…
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The Grapevine Devour Picks

The Grapevine Devour Picks: Devour! Street Food Party Robie Tufts Park Thursday, November 3, 4pm-8pm Participating trucks include Gecko Bus, Cheesecurds, Donair Trailer, Nomad Gourmet, and T-Dogs. Participating vendors include Carl’s Independent, Frais Catering, Tap Root Farms, Julian’s Feel Good Food, Union Street Cafe, The Noodle Guy, Le Caveau, and Cake Lady. Shorts Program: Look Who’s Coming to Dinner Al Whittle Theatre Friday, November 5, 12:30pm-2pm With “Food First, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Sunday Lunch, So Good To See You, Candice & Peter’s Smokin’ Hot Date, Home Suite Home”, and “The Cannoli”. Price: $15 Bitters Workshop with Jeffrey Van Horne &…
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