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Elder Flowers

Elder Flowers have almost finished blooming in the Okanagan Valley but as you gain altitude up Silver Star Mountain the bushes are plentiful and many are yet to bloom. I learned this week about Elderberry Fizz from a friend who was out searching in the early morning for the perfect elderberry blossoms. She says early […]

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Technology in the Kitchen

Most museums have kitchen displays, and this week’s topic is kitchen technology.  In the traditionally-set up kitchen display, visitors usually comment on the quaintness of the old-time kitchen utensils but the implications of kitchen technology are seldom explored.  In actuality, kitchens hold history hostage;  they represent human advances (for the most part) in time saving, […]

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Mock Duck

This week I look at recipes for mock foods that work with readily available ingredients and attempt to make them more exotic, glamorous or special. Sometime in my past, I have made mock duck and this was an opportunity to try it again. Back in the 1970s and 80s, we were encouraged to use less […]

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Mock Cherry Pie

I’ve always been intrigued by “mock” recipes that show up in cookbooks, so this month, I’m going to look at several kinds of mock food I have found in searching though my old cookbook collection. Mock recipes are a tribute to the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of cooks and bakers who often have to work […]

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Historic tried-and-true home economics teachers’ recipes

About twenty years ago I collected tried-and-true recipes from home ec. teachers throughout the province and published them in the Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association [THESA] newsletter.  A former student recently wrote to me asking for gingerbread recipes and I found one that I consider the “best” in the 20-year old recipe collection.  This […]

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