Author: Melanie Steele

Fresh Pick – Apples

When most people think about September, apples come to mind.  They are associated with the start of the school year and the beginning of fall.  They are also associated with good health.  As the saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”  In truth, it’s not quite that simple, but apples do provide

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Fresh Pick – Raspberries

Well, it’s happened.  The leaves on the trees have started to change colour.  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  On the one hand, I do love the crispness in the morning and evening air, but I also know that once fall passes the rains will come.  And the grey. The good news is

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How to Make Your Own Pesto

Traditional pesto is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. It’s delicious served with pasta, spread on sandwiches, and as a base for your favorite homemade pizza. The problem is, it can be expensive to make. Pine nuts are not cheap and those tiny plastic containers of basil at the grocery

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Fresh Pick – Beets

Today I am starting a new weekly series called Fresh Pick Friday where I will feature a local and in-season whole food. It could be a fruit, a vegetable, some local seafood, or even a nut (yes, we grow nuts here). Follow along and you will learn what foods are in season in BC throughout

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Green Bean Kimchi

Update: This was one of the most popular recipes from my previous site, Mel’s Food Blog. I’ve re-tested and re-shot it, making some minor wording changes.  I’ve also tried this out with some other vegetables and it works great.  Try zucchini, carrot, or cucumber. Earlier this month, I was inspired by Desiree Nielsen to make

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Turnip, Chard and Bacon Hash

Hash is a wonderful dish to make for Sunday brunch. It’s also a great weeknight dinner, if you’re a breakfast-for-dinner person, like me. Hash is usually best when you use leftovers for the starch component, but you can start with fresh turnips and it works out just fine.  These instructions are given for fresh turnip.

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How to Rescue a Stale Baguette

Make Crostini! You’ll save five bucks on the store bought kind and be a food waste hero at the same time.  Here’s how: 1. Thinly slice the baguette. 2. Toss with olive oil and your choice of dried herbs. 3. Lay slices on baking sheet and bake at 350°C for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.

Pasta with Garlic Scape Pesto

Pasta is one of my go-to dinner dishes. Why? It’s quick, easy, and leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. One of my favorite ways to serve pasta is with pesto. While I do love a traditional basil pesto, I make it out of a lot of other things. I’ve learned that pretty much

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