Recipes

Update From The Cafeteria

Update From The Cafeteria By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com I’ve been thinking about school food for over a decade, but I got serious about learning everything I could after selling the restaurant in 2015. This past May l felt ready to put my 23 years as a chef and 15 years as a restaurant owner towards making a difference at one of my three kids’ schools. I popped my head into the Berwick School cafeteria and offered to lend a hand. The principal and cafeteria staff there welcomed me in and we got down…
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Why Care About School Food?

Why Care About School Food? By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com A 2003 study showed that Nova Scotian students were 47% more likely to be overweight or obese if they ate lunch at school. Considering that another recent Nova Scotian study showed that nearly half of schools in Nova Scotia served food that did not meet the nutrition policy set out by the province, improving school food is an issue that cannot wait. Sadly, at the same time, 21% of our children in the Annapolis Valley are food insecure and there is no strategy in…
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The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts)

The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts) By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com It took me twenty years to really figure out how to make flavourful, tender, reheat-able turkey. At least once a week we’d cook a turkey at the restaurant for buffet dinners, clubhouse sandwiches, and pasta dishes. Here’s what I’ve learned. You’ll need to start this the day before the feast! The turkey can cook overnight in your oven to save room on the big day. Turkey and Gravy 1 fresh or defrosted turkey (12 to 20 lbs), local and free-range if at…
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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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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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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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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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