Author Archive for: ‘Stephanie’

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Autumn at the ByWard Market

Woolly mittens, potted mums and pumpkins have a way of making you feel ready for autumn.  Forget the stunning foliage turning fiery colours, the ByWard Market in Ottawa was alight with signs of cooler days.  A few things caught my eye in our nation’s capital that day: The beauty of such a distinct season is not lost on this Vancouverite …

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Plums Plums Plums

For a brief moment in time I rented a house with a huge Italian Prune Plum tree in the backyard.  When the plums were ready, they would fall off the tree and knock me on the head as if to say, “Hey, pay attention to me!”  And when I finally obliged, I was pleasantly surprised that the tart but sweet egg-shaped beauts …

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The Original Plum Torte Recipe

This was originally printed in the New York Times, Wednesday September 9, 1992 in an article called Eating Well by Marian Burros. Ingredients:  3/4 c sugar 1/2 c unsalted butter 1 c flour, sifted 1 tsp baking powder Pinch salt, optional 2 eggs 12 Italian prune plums Sugar and lemon juice for topping 1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste Directions: …

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Stunning Sunflowers

These sunflowers blew down from the wind last night so I put them in a vase in front of a royal blue painting. The combination turned out stunning.

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Topsy Turvy Update: Still Ugly, but the Tomatoes are Yummy

At the end of June I posted a summary of my 2008 Topsy Turvy failure and my 2009 outline for success in Topsy Turvy: Ugly as Stink But Good Tomatoes. And a sucess it was!  In August and September, I have had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with.  It’s mid- September, and they are still going strong.  I …

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Oven-Dried Grape Tomatoes Recipe

These oven-dried grape tomatoes make me feel like I’ve been transported to Italy, and they’re a cinch to make. I love tomatoes no matter what, but one of my favorite ways to eat them is when they’re dried. Drying the tomatoes brings out their flavor, making them taste bolder and more rich.  You don’t need a food dehydrator to make these tasty dried …

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