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    Cooking Slowly to Save Time (and a Giveaway!)

    by  • August 20, 2014 • 9 Comments

    When it comes to cooking from scratch you can save time, money, and energy by planning ahead.  However, you can go one step better than simply planning by actually cooking ahead. Slow cookers (or crock pots) are a great way to prepare a meal in advance and come home and eat right away.  Most...

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    Locavore Meal Plan – Mid August

    by  • August 11, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Meal-planning is an important part of our week.  As locavores, it makes eating locally much easier because we take the time to figure out what seasonal foods are available and how we can use them.  If you live in a similar climate (we’re in Southern Ontario, which is a pretty classic upper-midwest climate) you...

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    Locavore Meal Plan for Mid-Summer

    by  • July 28, 2014 • 10 Comments

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    This post was originally written for Food Bloggers of Canada. Welcome to The Local Kitchener!  If this is your first time here you should check out the book giveaway going on right now.  It’s a book about food, farms, and family, and how those things are all intertwined.   My family has been meal...

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    5 Plant-Based Changes in My Life and a Book Giveaway

    by  • July 24, 2014 • 27 Comments


    Several months ago I was given a book recommendation by the farmer who runs the CSA that we joined this year, Fertile Ground Farm.  Shortly after talking with her about Farmacology I put a hold on it at the library. (It’s of course also available online but you should really buy it from your local book seller,...

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    100% Spelt Overnight Waffles

    by  • July 14, 2014 • 0 Comments


    We’ve been using spelt as our flour of choice since noticing that Oak Manor makes a “light” spelt, which has been sifted to remove some of the large bran particles.  This sifting makes it easier to use it as a replacement for white flour. Our family—primarily Madame—loves waffles, and for me as a sourdough...

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    Kohlrabi Robertson: A Kohlrabi and Bok Choy Pizza

    by  • July 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    This pizza is my tribute to a great musician.  At the same time it’s also my tribute to an awesome vegetable that I was happily just introduced to. One thing I always loved about The Band, of which Robbie Robertson was an integral—and Canadian—part, was the way they took traditional sounds, styles, and instruments...

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    Sharing the harvest? Kale and Cabbage Moths

    by  • July 4, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Greens week has been a huge success and I owe it mostly to my garden!  It has been pumping out the leafy veggies prolifically!  However, that abundant production has not gone unnoticed in my local ecological community. Cabbage moths have happily found themselves a nice place to lay their eggs—the kale, which is technically...

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    Creamy Tangy Dill Dressing

    by  • July 2, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    On Sunday afternoon I went down to Port Stanley on Lake Erie with my several of Madame’s siblings.  Before leaving I hastily threw together a salad with some of my garden Mesclun and kale then topped the salad with a few of the strawberries from last week and some fresh serviceberries from the street...

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    Week of Greens

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 1 Comment


    Our garden has been pumping out the greens for the last several weeks.  Our CSA also started a couple weeks ago, which we were very excited about since this is our first time participating.  The main thing from the CSA so far is also greens.  Yes, there have been a few radishes, kohlrabi, herbs,...

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    (There’s No Such Thing As) Too Much Lettuce!

    by  • June 20, 2014 • 1 Comment


    My goal these days is to eat as much salad as possible.  This is in part because our backyard garden is bursting with lettuce, kale, spinach, and more, but also because we joined a CSA and they have lots of leafy greens too!  However,there’s also the reason that I want to stock up on...

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    Summer of Sourdough

    by  • June 13, 2014 • 5 Comments


    Summer is so close.  And with all those wonderful warm breezes blowing in the windows of your home it’s a great time to get a sourdough culture started.  Hopefully it will become inhabited by a few of the beneficial microbes accompanying those nice smelling breezes!  Then you can start baking amazing sourdough breads that...

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    …Starring Potato in the Role of “Bun”

    by  • May 14, 2014 • 7 Comments

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    I’ve never been a big fan of substitutes.  Ironically a couple weeks ago I was a substitute.  Well, maybe not ironically, since the position I held for two days at a local school wasn’t a ton of fun, and I didn’t feel like a fan of myself.  Really I shouldn’t complain; I’m grateful to have...

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