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Turkey Chili to Gobble Down

Turkey Chili to Gobble Down

Oh the weather outside is frightful…but the fire is so delightful! Sometimes that delightful fire can be on the inside, a warming, enticing slow burn that you experience with a big, fat bowl of chili. I make it often, all the kids love it. It’s […]

Sugar and Spice…

Sugar and Spice…

Now, if you are anything like me, you looked at the picture of the cinnamon buns, read the title and thought…oooooohhhhh a recipe for those luscious buns! Yippee! No, nooot quite. Sorry. Was that mean of me? I knew what I wanted to title this […]

The Secret to Chowder Success!

The Secret to Chowder Success!

 Psst…C’mere. I have a secret for you! After spending all afternoon judging a seafood chowder competition and quizzing all of the chef’s at length, I now KNOW the real deal behind a successful seafood chowder. It isn’t what you’d think. Nope, not a secret ingredient. […]

Fresh Pasta, Tasty Wine…What More Could You Need?

Fresh Pasta, Tasty Wine…What More Could You Need?

“There’s nothing to do here!” It’s pretty common refrain heard often at the end of summer…singing the ‘I’m so bored blues’. Hold the phone… I’m not talking about my kids…I keep hearing this from adult locals. Yes, fellow Nanaimo-ites. ‘Tis crazy talk as far as I’m concerned. I realize I’m a ‘newbie’ […]

Come and Get It Corn Bread!

Come and Get It Corn Bread!

 I admit it…I have not always been a corn bread fan. I usually find it a bit too dry and too sweet for my taste. However, like everything else in his restaurant Chef George Kulai, seems to have figured out how to make it taste great. […]

Where There’s Smoke…

Where There’s Smoke…

Who do you think of when somebody says ‘he’s a real Southern style BBQ cook ‘? Not gonna lie, I picture a big, burley guy, who’s apron barely ties up in back. Someone who’s moustached drawl turns as slowly as his food on the spit…a mellow fellow in […]

Winning Friends and Feeding People

Winning Friends and Feeding People

Back in University, I had the opportunity during the summer to sell children’s educational books. The job itself was BRUTAL. Direct sales, all alone, door to door. Yu-uck. When I look back on it however, there were some life-changing experiences throughout those summers. The power of  positive […]

Fast and Furious Fried Rice

Of course the wonderful people at Huong Lan don’t call their fried rice Fast or Furious. To them and all their devoted patrons it’s known as #39-Special Fried Rice. However, it was so easy and so tasty that I just couldn’t help myself. I admit […]

‘Killer’ Kale and Chickpea Curry

Some nights,  in a frenzy, I just throw something together and we sit…and we eat. Not palate thrilling, but it serves the purpose, ya know? Other nights I get crazy carried away and spend hours making something fabulous for dinner and my children push it around on […]

Downtown, Delicious and Determined

Downtown, Delicious and Determined

There’s nothing quite like a wee sleep-in on the weekend, then pulling on something comfy and heading out the door to indulge in a mouthwatering  brunch at your favourite local spot. Gabriel Martin has a lofty goal… for Gabriel’s Cafe to be the ‘go to’ breakfast spot […]