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About joinmefordinner

. . . living in the Cowichan Valley, cooking for my appreciative family and friends, and taking advantage of all this area has to offer including local organic produce, cheese, wine, artisan breads, and fresh-caught seafood.

Summer Berry Crisp: Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

This crisp is just so good for you it could be either breakfast or dessert. Or both. Serve it with a dollop of plain yogurt in the morning or with whipped coconut milk after dinner, or just enjoy it as … Continue reading

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Watermelon Limeade with Cucumber and Fresh Mint

The little ones have gone home again, but the big watermelon that they couldn’t finish remains. So do the sticky pancakes-and-syrup fingerprints and tiny Playmobil people left behind (and apparently terribly missed!) under the deck chairs. The house is pretty … Continue reading

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Refrigerator Pickled Beans

Summertime is Caesar time. Here is one more way to use some of those extra beans that are so plentiful in the garden or in farmer’s markets right now. This is a fast and easy recipe that produces a crispy, … Continue reading

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Fresh Green Bean and Zucchini Salad with Balsamic Dressing

If you live where I do and you have a garden, you’re likely experiencing a similar problem of “too much and all at once” with this hot and sunny weather we’re enjoying. Two short rows of green beans in our … Continue reading

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Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini

Sweet figs with a hint of orange are thinly spread over a toasted baguette and topped with fresh goat cheese and a sprinkle of chives or green onions in this, my newest “go-to” appy. I’ve made this one several times … Continue reading

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Asparagus-Avocado Salad with Peas and Radishes

Even though I’ve lived in this valley all my life, I never tire of its beauty. Neither, apparently, does my daughter who is on a work-away on an olive farm in Tuscany right now. The closing line of her last … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Crumble with Grand Fir Whipped Cream #gluten-free

  My back yard forest has exploded with green and filled in all of the barren gaps left by the winter. I have a host of plants to forage here, most of which I’m just learning about. A few years … Continue reading

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Mohitos for Mother’s Day

Let’s give Mom what she really wants.. Skinny muffins and low-cal brunch ideas and banana pancake breakfasts in bed are all lovely ideas for mom, but let’s take this route instead . . . Here’s a roundup of Mohito recipes … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Quinoa Salad

Rhubarb with quinoa? These sound like odd companions, but the combination of flavours and textures in this salad seems to work. The tiny bit of honey is just enough to temper the tartness of the rhubarb and contrasts with the … Continue reading

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Rhubarb-Ginger Ice Cream

Let me just start by saying that I love my Vitamix. I really, really love it. I know I’m not the only one who has an infatuation with this kitchen appliance. Just ask anyone who owns one and I’m willing … Continue reading

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Matcha Mint Smoothie

My matcha green tea had been languishing in my tea drawer until yesterday. I had forgotten about matcha and its amazing benefits until tossing it in a smoothie was recommended to me (thanks Kirsten!) I had a look around my … Continue reading

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Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

  Last week, we dined at a local restaurant with friends. For my starter, I ordered Oyster Tacos. $12. I was a little surprised to discover that half a breaded oyster (yes, you read that correctly) topped each taco. Half. … Continue reading

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Warm Turmeric Cinnamon Milk and Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

I’ve been sipping this warm tea every morning this week since I found it on Pinterest. And now I read that it makes a great evening drink because it is sleep-inducing. Oops. I like knowing that I’ve started my day … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle Quiche

In keeping with my quest to replace many of my old favourite meals with those that are gluten or wheat-free, I had planned to make a Crustless Stinging Nettle Spanakopita tonight, similar to my original recipe . With no feta … Continue reading

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Gluten-free Granola

A bowl of granola topped with milk or yogurt satisfies all food cravings I might have: sweet, crunchy, carbs . . .  you name it. This granola recipe is chock full of nuts and protein and all things good. It is … Continue reading

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