Recipes

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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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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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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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

By Darrin Harvey Sue is a superb cook. She put herself through Acadia as a caterer. This is one thing I can ‘cook’ (for lack of a better term) that we both really like. We mix it all up before work and come home to supper ready and the house smelling amazing.  It’s a fantastic, we’re-both-too-busy-to-cook fall meal. It makes leftovers for days. Ingredients 1 lb pork tenderloin 16oz jar of salsa 3 – 15oz cans of black beans I cup instant brown rice 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 tsp ground cumin 2-3 tsp chili powder 1-1&1/2 tsp dried oregano…
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Annapolis Valley Apple Loaf

Lindsay Reid, Rolled Oat Cafe | www.therolledoat.com   It’s that apple time of year. We’ve been watching them grow all summer…we celebrated their blossoms, and now we can finally get a taste. When it comes to baking, I prefer a Cortland for its crisp firm texture and tart flavour. This apple loaf recipe is quick and simple, but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. I make a few at a time, and pop them in the freezer so that I always have a delicious dessert on hand that can be ready in a few minutes. Ingredients 1…
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Butternut Squash Soup

Working in the herb garden this past weekend, I came across my planting of sage.  Waiting patiently all summer.  Now with the cooler nights upon us, a hearty warming bowl of butternut squash soup is in order….garnished with, as you may have guessed, fresh sage. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (3 ½ lbs) 2 cups onion – diced medium 2 cups diced carrots – diced medium 1 cup celery – sliced 5 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaves 1 can coconut milk Salt White pepper 2 tbsp Lemon juice ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup fresh chopped sage Method Pre-heat…
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We love these brownies! They are a perfectly guiltless dessert, full of protein and super easy to make. If you are new to gluten-free baking, this recipe is one to keep on hand because they are delicious and do not require many ingredients. I make these so often that we change them up; sometimes I put chopped pecans or walnuts on top, sometimes chocolate frosting or, for a special treat, top them with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries. Make them: Preheat oven to 350 Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper (you can also use an 8 inch round…
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