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Autumn Dinners 1895

Autumn Dinners, 1895 Imagine what an Autumn Dinner might encompass in 1895. The following seven menus were published in the Vernon News  which began publication in May 1891. The News was sub-titled “The Okanagan Farm and Live Stock Journal” and included articles on all aspects of agriculture and industry of the area. It included information and advice […]

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Tomatillos, Groundcherries and Chinese Lanterns

Tomatillos, groundcherries and Chinese lanterns look a lot alike, but they are not the same. Tomatillos are like tomatoes; groundcherries are sweet; and Chinese lanterns are poisonous. That’s incentive enough to make sure you can tell one from the other. These three plants are part of one of the greatest food exchanges in history, beginning […]

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Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday Pancake Tuesday is the day before Lent starts.  In 2021 it’s today, February 16. Traditionally, Pancake Tuesday was a day for using up rich foods that could not be eaten during Lent. Therefore people made pancakes using leftover eggs and butter. In Britain, many towns and villages have pancake races, a tradition begun […]

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Groundhog Day

February 2 is more than Groundhog Day. It is a cross-quarter day that was important for the ancient Celts who marked the days that were halfway between solstice and an equinox [i]. Halfway between December 21 and March 21 is February 2, which is called Candlemas in addition to Groundhog Day. Halfway between March 21 […]

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Pumpkins

Pumpkins have been grown on the North American continent for at least 7500 years.  Only recently did they become associated with carving and pumpkin spice latte. The pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo, belongs to the squash family along with the more familiar varieties of squash such as butternut, crookneck and acorn. Its common name comes from the […]

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