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Book Review – Chop Suey Nation

Book Review: Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Café and Other Stories From Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui,   Douglas and McIntyre, 2019. Ann Hui is a food reporter for the Globe and Mail. She writes about her fascination with Chinese Canadian cuisine,  sometimes called “chop suey” cuisine or in her family, “fake” Chinese food. […]

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On Strike for “Fair” Chocolate

On Strike for “fair” Chocolate In the previous blog, I highlighted the irony that Carol Off considered in her book Bitter Chocolate[i] and the vast distance she described between the hand that picks the cocoa and the hand that picks the chocolate bar from the store shelf in our community.  In both cases the hands […]

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Cuban Lunch

Cuban Lunch ** (see note at bottom re comments)   The Cuban Lunch is a true Western Canadian chocolate bar and hasn’t been made for almost thirty years. Thanks to a Camrose woman and her mother’s love of this chocolate-peanut candy, it’s available once again. Winnipeg claims to be the original source (this is hardly […]

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Sushi in British Columbia

When did sushi come to British Columbia? BC’s claim to the California Roll begins with the assertion that Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Vancouver first introduced it to Canadian and international tourists. Because the roll was so popular with tourists from Los Angeles, he named it after their home state. However food historians in California say it […]

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Best loved cookbooks

                    Best-loved cookbooks, the ones with food stains all over the pages and split bindings are very far philosophically from coffee-table cookbooks with beautiful photographs and exotic ingredients. They’ve become popular ideas these days for contests.  The Old Grist Mill at Keremeos featured a “dirtiest cookbook” […]

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Butter-making

Butter-making Butter-making used to be a mark of excellent housekeeping for farm women. It requires close attention to sanitation and methodical treatment, from the way the cow is milked to the removal of liquid in the final working of the end product. It is both a science and an art and has been part of […]

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Laura Rose – Canada’s Dairying Queen

Laura Rose Stephen (1866-1963) was Canada’s Dairying Queen. Until big business took over the Canadian dairying industry she had a profound influence on quality and production of dairy products. She was born at Georgetown, Ontario, daughter of Lawrence Rose, a flour mill owner and had at least one sister and five brothers. The famous “Five […]

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