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The Winner of Dana’s Top Ten Table is…

Talk about slipping in under the wire. Elizabeth from Stevensville, MI posted her comment at exactly noon today. I was in such a rush to enter her information and select a winner that I left the "e" off Stevensville. My apologies to all Stevensville residents. Congratulations,...

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Do you eat local? Think again.

I don't normally get on a soapbox but this video deserves 2 minutes and 46 seconds of your attention. It's not funny. It's not cute. It's just very eye-opening. I saw a raw version of this video during...

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Food or Sleep?

I've just returned from back-to-back conferences. Conference #One had decent coffee (with organic milk), fabulous croissants at breakfast, and a wide variety of flavourful food at the dinner buffet. And the desserts? I actually had a chocolate treat that was so rich I could barely finish...

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Book Giveaway – Dana’s Top Ten Table

After a steady diet of archive posts, I'm ready for something new. Culinary trend tracker, chef and cyber-friend, Dana McCauley, has generously donated a cookbook and her expertise for the cause. Not only will the lucky winner receive a signed copy of Dana's Top Ten Table,...

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From the Archives: Thai Coconut Soup

I'm on the road this week and will be dipping into the archives for a few tasty blasts from the past. This posts features a recipe that can warm you in winter but goes down easy any time of year. And if you're complaining about...

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Pitch Policy

I've been getting a lot of PR pitches lately and to save us both a lot of time and energy, I thought I'd post some DOs, DON'Ts and other sundry items. First, get my name right. Seriously. My name is Charmian Christie. First name:...

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Housekeeping

Today's post is a bit of a hodgepodge. June arrived while I wasn't looking and I've several items to clean up before getting back to the kitchen. 1. The May Poll results are in. A recipe index and printable recipes are the big winners with 43%...

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Bitchin’ Kitchen

I could really use a laugh. Not only does my butcher retire at the end of this week (sniff), the little community craft store next to it — the one where I bought my groovy reusable coffee sleeves — has closed shop. The sudden demise...

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Eat Real, Eat Local

Local food is important to me. Remember my conniption fit over Chinese garlic? Or the tears when my butcher announced his retirement? While I'm not a die-hard locavore who shuns coffee and gives friends grief over buying lychees, I think it's criminal to import zucchini...

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Tomato Update

Yesterday while your comments were rolling in suggesting ways around my gardening dilemma, my next door neighbour gave me a flat of tomato seedlings. I now have 50 plants sitting on my kitchen floor staring at me -- daring me -- to plant them. The...

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