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Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet

Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com My two-year-old and I wandered into a little coffee bar one morning in Granada a few years ago. It had snowed lightly the night before and the air was chilly and damp. The bar was warm and smelled soothingly of coffee and oranges. I balanced my daughter on a barstool and ordered, cafe con leche for me and freshly squeezed orange juice for her. Next to me, a woman was preparing her breakfast. She poured a thin stream of olive oil over toasted bread that had…
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Devour! The Food Film Fest Unveils 2018 Film Line-up

Devour! The Food Film Fest Unveils 2018 Film Line-up Submitted The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!) will present 74 food-and beverage-focused films from 21 countries, running the gamut from eye-opening feature length documentaries to quirky and engaging short flicks. Devour’s 2018 programming centres around this year’s overall theme of “The Power of Food and Film to Transform.” “Film is a powerful medium that can help shine a spotlight on important issues, spark conversations, inspire others and promote meaningful change,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “We are experiencing a cultural shift where many of…
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It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse

It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse By Genevieve Allen Hearn When you visit the location that Alice Hartling chose for a coffeehouse in Canning, it’s not hard to see the appeal. The storefront is nestled among other charming spots such as the seasonal ArtCan Gallery & Café, Crystany’s Brasserie, Aspinall Pottery, and Esmé, and it backs on to the Habitant River, providing a pastoral view. As we chat, June Grainger of i scream stops by to say hello. Meanwhile, tourists are outside on the benches devouring their ice cream cones before they melt in the late summer heat. Originally from Windsor, Alice…
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Granola Bars that are Good for You

Granola Bars that are Good for You By Jenny Osburn 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 Am I the only parent who wants summer to last forever? As much as I enjoy the routine of the school year, the beginning of it brings a certain amount of anxiety. Meeting new teachers, waking up earlier than we want to, making sure we have all…
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Recipe: Pesto

Pesto By Jenny Osburn 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 It’s pesto time in the Valley! A bright green basil sauce zinging with garlic and luxuriant with Parmesan cheese and olive oil, pesto is extremely versatile in the kitchen. Toss it with freshly cooked pasta, use it as a pizza sauce, spread it on a tomato sandwich, spoon it over hodge podge and…
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Dinner out: The Library Pub

Dinner Out: The Library Pub By Scott Campbell I’ve re-discovered a dining gem. There are lots of great eating establishments in Wolfville but I’ve noticed lately that the Library Pub has been offering some new creative and delicious options on their menu. We popped in on Saturday and were, again, pleasantly surprised with the unique options that were available. I sat down and ordered a Caesar salad. Admittedly, a Caesar salad is not the most adventurous of menu choices, but if a restaurant can manage a really good Caesar salad then I find that often bodes well for the rest…
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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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