Archive | October, 2013

The Great Pumpkin Caper

I love Halloween. Always have. Perhaps it’s my penchant for all things dramatic and macabre. Give me any excuse to dress up and woo hoo! I’m in. Even before having kids, I was that weirdo who really decorated for All Hallows Eve. That took some creativity and effort waaaaay back when! Before Sears, Hallmark and Target offered […]

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Glorious Chanterelle Gnocchi

After having dinner at Hilltop Bistro, I was excitedly anticipating Ryan’s shared recipe. I wasn’t disappointed, my mouth started to water as soon as I read through the recipe. Then the drama started. I decided to make and photograph the gnocchi on a very busy day, well I guess around here that’s every day. At […]

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Love at First Bite!

Sometimes, it’s delightful being the ‘new kid’, no pre-conceived notions, just a sense of excitement! Before I could even see the building…I could smell the tempting bouquet of barbeque wafting from the Beban auditorium.  Two gentlemen from Longwood Pub were outside,  hard at work seasoning some tasty samples for the Bite of Nanaimo.This was my […]

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Hungry “Hamburger” Soup

More soup! Most requested recipes…soup! This is a comforting take on a family classic. I know it’s called hamburger, but we don’t use a lot of that anymore …so here’s how I made it. My very organized and clean-eating motivated friend Tine shared this one with me. She says the original recipe came from a Best […]

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No Sweat Apple Galette

I’m a sucker for a fancy food name and galette sounds so much more elaborate than messy upside down pie. Full disclosure: this girl can’t bake. Ahhhh, I mean, I can bake, if I need to but I don’t lo-ove it. The precision required is not part of my personality profile. The reason this delectable morsel came about was 1. […]

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steps to the light

that perfect hand...

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big... and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time... it's perfect. It's mine.