From Canada’s Minister of Agriculture (2012)
Aug02

From Canada’s Minister of Agriculture (2012)

A Message from the Minister for Food Day Canada Canada’s farmers and food processors create some of the tastiest, safest and freshest food products found on dinner plates around the world. On Saturday, August 4, I invite Canadians to make a point of having a Canadian meal, at home or in one of the 250 restaurants across the country that are showcasing Canadian menus on Food Day Canada. Our farmers bring a high standard of knowledge to...

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Star Chefs for Japan
Apr06

Star Chefs for Japan

Nobuyo named it “Gambare “Japan which loosely translated means “Let’s Go!”   She called today, exhausted but oh so happy.  The first event raised a whopping $42,000 and the money is still being counted from the April 4th feast at Forte Bistro.  She’s estimating that it’ll be about the same amount. Congratulations to all the chefs who participated!   Now she and Michael can get on with the...

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Seriously now…Canada’s Chardonnays are Totally Cool!
Mar17

Seriously now…Canada’s Chardonnays are Totally Cool!

The chardonnays of Canada are seriously cool. At least that’s what Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook Vineyards believes and he’s out to prove it to the world.  In 2010 he and his team created an event dubbed Seriously Cool Chardonnay that they test drove in London, England and now he’s taken on New York City.    The premise is that chardonnay is one of the varietals that is produced and vinified best all across the...

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Maple Syrup Season!
Mar01

Maple Syrup Season!

Scratch the surface of any eastern Canadian and you’ll get a maple story. Early March was the time in which my grandfather, Albert Ovens, would have what he would call his annual “feed”, a fruit nappie filled with first run syrup. It was pure gold and he spooned it onto thick slices of buttered homemade white bread to soak up the last drops.  One of my most treasured heirlooms is a coverlet, crocheted by my paternal...

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In Praise of Winter Carrots
Feb21

In Praise of Winter Carrots

I adore carrots…in every incarnation…from muffins to soup or simply steamed with butter ‘n salt.  However, they are such an “everyday” vegetable I realized how little I knew about them. After all these years of food writing, it really was time to figure them out.  I hitched a ride on Via Rail down to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College at Truro where I met Dr. Raj Lada — Carrot Expert Extraordinaire! He explained their...

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