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Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick

Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick By Avery Peters When I think springtime cooking, I think transitional cooking – a little bit of those last winter vegetables jazzed up with a touch of spring – just like this risotto I made recently. I love to make risottos because they’re so adaptable to various additions. In our family, we don’t like risotto to be too heavy, so we’ve started to add heaps of vegetables. It becomes a comforting meal in a bowl and it gets Llewyn to eat his greens. I usually have to hide them in some…
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A Sampling of Local Libations

A Sampling of Local Libations Lazy Bear Brewing – Brewery 120 East Old Post Road, Smiths Cove lazybearbrewing.ca Happenings: Growler nights on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm year round. Still Fired Distilleries – Distillery 9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royal stillfireddistilleries.com The Buzz: Artisan craft distillery creating unique, natural spirits from the first “legal” stills built in Nova Scotia. Bad Apple Brewhouse and Mosaic Brewing Co. – Brewery 515 Parker Condon Road, Somerset badapplebrewhouse.ca Cool Fact: Regular contributors to local charities, Kari and Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse recently covered the costs for a lucky family to attend the spring…
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Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise

Recipe: Corned Beef with Winter Vegetables and Grammie’s Mayonnaise By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook We’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day as we do every year, with Boiled Dinner and Grammie’s Mayonnaise! The sauce, my great-grandmother’s recipe, is rich and vintage-ly scrumptious, and the rest of the meal can be too. You’ve got to start with a decent piece of corned beef, and cook it patiently. We buy ours from Meadowbrook Meat Market, where they cure it themselves. A two pound chunk will serve about 6 people. This is a great dish to cook this time of year and…
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Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge

Slow Food Nova Scotia: Horton Ridge By Alan Stewart, President and Maltster Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Co. As the local craft beer scene grows in leaps and bounds, Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company has begun a mission to bring an agricultural connection to beer making. The most important ingredient of beer is malt, and malt is made from grain. Malt provides the sugars needed for the fermentation process in beer making. Before Horton Ridge, all malt used in Atlantic Canada was imported and made from grain grown in other parts of the world. At Horton Ridge, we believe…
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From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts.

From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts. By Bruce Dienes The past few months have been increasingly filled with voices that polarize and isolate, encouraging anxiety and mistrust, fostering fear of “others” and of strangers… and now, the unthinkable has happened – six of our fellow Canadians, Muslim men at prayer, were gunned down. Since then Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and threats of violence have been made against Muslim students at a Canadian university. In this anxious and confusing time, WAICC – the Wolfville and Area InterChurch Council…
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Dinner Out: NOSH Dessert Night Inspired by Local

Dinner Out: NOSH Dessert Night Inspired by Local By Scott Campbell Leave it to the inspired minds of the NSCC Kingstec Bakery and Pastry Arts students and the Tourism and Hospitality students to hit it out of the local ball park when it comes to creating a spectacular menu completely inspired by local produce and artisans. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough – the entire menu was desserts… all desserts… nothing but desserts. What a night. It all began with a Chantilly-filled crepe, green apple sorbet with a caramel sauce, and a caramel crunch. This was paired with the…
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Wild Eats: Peach Melomel (Mead)

Wild Eats By Avery Peters Peters Family Home Brew: Peach Melomel (Mead) Most of the food I write about here I’ve made myself, but, for mead-making, I take more of a supporting role to my husband Zak. He’s been making mead for the last 2.5 years – since we moved to the Valley – and this past summer he decided to try a variation of his recipe and add peaches. Peaches have always been my favourite fruit. I’m glad that I transplanted from Niagara to the Annapolis Valley because I don’t know what I’d do without fresh local peaches. Our…
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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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