10 August 2014

Summer Dreaming Begins with Heirloom Tomato BLT Panzanella Salad

Heirloom Tomato BLT Panzanella Salad
 Walking through the farmers market this time of year, you can't help but realise that tomato season has arrived.  Tomatoes are available all year round but it’s not until the summer that they really come into their own. When wandering you can literally feel the excitement at farmer’s markets and fruit stands all over the valley. Perfectly plump workhorse beefsteaks, pints of adorable cherry tomatoes just begging to be snacked on, and of course, the queen bee of the pack, the knobby heirlooms, in every shape and size imaginable, are just now making their noble debut.  The rich tapestry of colours, the diversity and depth of flavour, and the general beauty of the tomatoes provide an experience that your average grocery tomato just can't match. I wait all year for their arrival and now they are here!!!!!!

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6 August 2014

Summer Fruit Medley with Limoncello and Mint for the Virtual Supper Club


Summer Medley with Limoncello and Mint
Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together.
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20 July 2014

A Light Spiralized Greek Salad with Lemon and Feta

There are spiraled pea tendrils one of natures works of art….
photo from The Cilantropist
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12 July 2014

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates for an Etherial Night at Diner en Blanc

Galette aux Fromage de Chevre et aux Tomates (Photo from Dina Honke)
It's one of France's greatest exports next to baguettes, Godard movies and Thierry Henry. On an ethereal night hundreds of people dressed elegantly in white, converged at a secret location, shrouded in mystery, setting up miles of white fold-up tables draped in white crisp linens and topped with sparkling crystal soon to be filled with local wines. White plates and silverware were set, table decorations arranged from candles to candelabras. Our senses were heightened and we were more than ready for a highly anticipated evening at Diner en Blanc - OkanaganThe stage was set, candles flickered and nature and history created the backdrop, a kaleidoscope show of colour in the fading light as a sea of white revellers loomed before us. 
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2 July 2014

Let's Have a Beach Blanket Picnic and Share Some Cherry Peach Sangria

Cherry Peach Sangria (photo from My Recipes)
Welcome back to this months Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club where we continue our celebration of delicious food on the "lighter" side. We always appreciate you joining us for this event where we get together on the first Wednesday of every month to create a delicious meal from appetizers to dessert with a theme in mind. Ultimately our love of food, blogging and our commitment to a health conscious lifestyle is what has brought these ladies and one gent from Canada and the United States ( joining east and west and north and south) together.

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29 June 2014

Celebrating Summer with a Peppery Arugula Risotto and an Encore of Risotto Cakes


Arugula Risotto
When I think of rice I usually envision something stir fried or steamed from our nearest Asian restaurant.  But then again Italians have been growing rice for a very long time and have developed their own unique ways to prepare it. Rice was introduced to Italy from Arabia via Sicily and parts of the Southern mainland in the late Middle Ages. It was proven best suited to the vast marshy regions of the Po Valley. Here it was enthusiastically adopted by the residents of the Veneto region, Lombardia and Piemonte. Thanks to the Arabians we now have one of the best comfort foods on the planet!!!

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21 June 2014

Summer is Here with Caprese Chicken


Caprese Chicken
The first day of summer brings to mind sunkissed tomatoes, fragrant basil and freshly plucked greens. This simple Caprese Chicken takes full advantage of the season.

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~John Steinbeck
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17 June 2014

Mesmerized by Spot Prawns with Sorrel Aioli from Cuisine du Terroir Dinner


Court Bouillon Poached Spot Prawns with Sorrel Aioli
Here in the interior of British Columbia we herald in Spring with tender local asparagus, freshly shelled peas, and crimson stalks of rhubarb but as we usher in the warmer weather and move into the "dog days of summer" we have dreams of sharing a plethora of local bounty at sun-dappled long table dinners with kindred spirits. We headed on our first adventure of the season to one of the sold out Cuisine du Terroir dinners at God's Mountain Estate in Penticton. "Close your eyes and envision one long communal table, laid out under the stars, on a secluded bluff overlooking one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Valley and the shimmering Skaha Lake. In the background, a rambling, whitewashed bed and breakfast full of nooks, crannies, roofless rooms and stuffed armadillos that could be taken straight out of my photo album of a timeless trip to Santorini."
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15 June 2014

Celebrate Fathers Day with a Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata from My Garden Footprint


Spinach Strawberry Salad with Burrata
 As a child strawberries became synonymous with the "Strawberry Social" fundraiser we attended in elementary school. We would get all "spiffied" up and head to the school as a family. Part of the strawberries appeal is that it's arrival marks the beginning of summer. Strawberry shortcake brings memories of lazy summer days, warm sunshine and childhood pursuits.
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12 June 2014

French Potato Salad Perfect for Summer Picnics


French Potato Salad
Oooh la la!! This simple potato salad from Canadian Laura Calder is a must for those summer picnics.


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