Category Archives: vegetables

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Apples and Cranberries

This Brussel Sprout salad has been making the rounds of Pinterest lately, and it is certainly pin-worthy. If you haven’t tried raw Brussel Sprouts, you must. They are nothing like their boiled or steamed cousins–no stench of cruciferous vegetables in … Continue reading

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Pan-Seared Balsamic Butternut Squash with Parmesan

Stormy days demand warm comfort food. Today we woke to the sounds of the backyard creek rushing, the waves crashing in the bay, and the wind blowing the rain sideways onto the windows. Welcome November! It was a hunkering down … Continue reading

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What to do with ALL THAT Zucchini?

If you’ve planted a zucchini, you’re probably feeling like I am right now. One tiny seed planted in the spring has produced more zucchini than I can keep up with. So today I’m creating a Throwback Thursday post. Here, in … Continue reading

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Garlic Scapes: What do you do with them?

If you grow your own garlic, the scapes are likely ready to be harvested now. Scapes are the long flower stalks that rise from the bulb. Some gardeners believe that they must be cut off once they curl to allow … Continue reading

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Shaved Asparagus Salad

Guess what’s open? Eating fresh-picked asparagus from the farm is a completely different experience than eating asparagus imported from Mexico. While I usually serve it cooked: steamed, sautéed, roasted or stir-fried, tonight we had it raw. This shaved asparagus salad … Continue reading

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Personalized Veggies ‘n Dip

This one definitely comes under the “Why didn’t I think of that?’ category. I pinned it last week, as I thought it was such a good idea. It makes more sense than having everyone crowd around one plate of veggies. … Continue reading

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Crispy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Are you a confirmed sprout-hater? I was, for years. Memories of the smell of my mother’s boiled brussels sprouts kept me from experimenting with them for a long time. Once I discovered that, no, they did NOT have to be … Continue reading

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The Party’s Over

A month of indulging in rich holiday food culminated in a week of exploring boulangeries, patisseries, and brasseries in Paris. I sampled. I savoured. I tried it all. And now the party’s over. Back to Boot Camp tomorrow. Move aside … Continue reading

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Roasted Beets with Lavender

Serves 6 Ingredients 1 lb medium beets, with 1 inch of stems remaining, scrubbed but not peeled 5  or 6 unpeeled garlic cloves 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon (plus 1/2 tsp.) dried culinary lavender buds, finely … Continue reading

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(The Best) Carrot-Ginger Soup

Comfort food (and healthy food) for a rainy fall day. Roasting the carrots first intensifies their flavour. Spoonfuls of this soup seem to always be followed by “Mmmmmm. . . .” Makes about 8 cups Ingredients 3 pounds fresh carrots, … Continue reading

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Summer Veggie Gratin (aka Let’s Get Rid of the Zucchini)

Summer Veggie Gratin (aka Let’s Get Rid of the Zucchini) Still have too much zucchini? Try this one. It’s fast, easy, and good–it meets all my criteria for a quick weeknight meal or side dish. Ingredients 3 medium tomatoes 3 medium … Continue reading

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Baked (Not Fried!) Zucchini Patties with Dill Sauce

It’s that time of year. Zucchini overload. If you don’t have your own zucchini plant, your friends probably do and they are usually only too happy to gift you the surplus from their garden. My zucchini plant seems to be … Continue reading

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Chia ‘n Cheese Cherry Tomato Crisp

Wow! I was blindsided by this recipe. This dish didn’t sound particularly appealing to me, maybe because the word “crisp” conjures up images of sweet fruit bubbling up through a crunchy topping. It was surprisingly delicious, however, and received thumbs … Continue reading

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Glazed Hakaurei Turnips

I honestly cannot remember the last time I cooked turnips or even if I have ever cooked them. I’m an official turnip-hater, likely because of a childhood memory of a lump of mashed yellow mush on my plate that had … Continue reading

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Nettle Tea

What five-year-old would be enthused about going for a walk to look for stinging nettles? I can’t think of one, and the little granddaughter I dragged along certainly wasn’t. However, she indulged her grandma and followed me along the trail, … Continue reading

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