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Being a mother of three school aged children, I find it hard to keep their lunches interesting enough to have them eat all of it. I promise your little ones and all of their friends will be asking to see these appear in their lunchboxes every week! I love to name the source of my favorite recipes on my cards and obviously I received this recipe from my good friend, Shirley!

Once we start picking pickling cucumbers from our farm in Abbotsford, we typically have until mid-August until the season runs out. I love food, and all day I read or think about food — cooking it, eating it, enjoying it, sharing it and baking it.

I love that whatever I can think of for dinner, is steps away from the office — what a luxury! My Mom, Kathy, has been making these chicken wings for as long as I can remember, and with my two baby, but at 6ft. Growing up on a farm in Abbotsford, my parents cultivated a large vegetable garden on our farm, the potato patch easily taking up half the plot.

Thankfully we all enjoyed this inexpensive way to feed our family of nine. The dying foliage in mid-summer signaled harvest time, and Dad, with a pitchfork in his work-worn hands, would make his way up and down the rows carefully digging at the mounds to unearth the potatoes.

We children followed closely behind, our hands sifting through the warm dirt and calling out in victory whenever we thought we had discovered the largest one. The harvest was stowed in wooden bins in the root cellar, covered in burlap sacks and lime dust for winter storage.

Today the Fraser Valley potato harvest starts with the delicate Warba nugget potatoes, easily recognized by their unique pink eyes and harvested before they set their skin. There simply is no better way to celebrate their spring arrival than with this simple, indulgent but oh-so-worth-it creamy recipe. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except meat and blend with a whisk.

Place goat in roasting pan or bowls that will fit in refrigerator and pour marinade over meat, toss to combine, cover, and refrigerate about 24 hours. Roast for hours, until meat is falling off the bone see photo above left. Remove from oven and let meat cool in its juices until cool enough to handle. Pull meat from bone, discarding bone and fat. Pour liquid through sieve into a fat-separating measuring cup or a tall straight-sided vessel such as a large canning jar.

Let sauce sit until fat separates out and floats to the top. Meanwhile, start shredding the meat off the bone with your fingers.

Pick through the solids in sieve and separate out some of the tomato and garlic bits. Add them to the meat. Discard remaining solids such as bones, chunks of fat and bay leaves. When fat has separated from meat juices, skim off as much fat as possible and discard. Pour sauce over meat and turn to coat. At this point, meat can be refrigerated again, covered, for 24 hours. When ready to serve, turn meat to coat with sauce and place in a suitable heavy oven-safe dish, covered tightly with foil, and cook until bubbling, about 30 minutes, removing cover for last few minutes to get a crust on the top layer of meat.

Serve goat with warm tortillas, chopped onion, sprigs of cilantro, shaved radishes, sour cream, crumbled cheese such as queso fresco, cotija or a dry goat cheese, grilled green onion, sliced avocados, flame-broiled strips of chile pepper, your favorite salsa, small cubes of pineapple, etc. Making tamales can be a fun food activity for the whole family. Creating this recipe reminded me again why I love all the spicy and interesting Mexican ingredients.

The star in the flavourful filling is the fresh chorizo sausage made at Lepp Farm Market by our talented butcher team. Unwrapping these tasty little presents will make your Southwest loving taste buds sing! Masa Harina is the traditional corn flour used to make tortillas, tamales, and other Mexican dishes.

You cannot substitute regular flour or corn meal as the results will be inconsistent. As the days grow shorter, what way to celebrate the beauty of the fall season than with using the best seasonal squash and hearty ingredients.

In honor of our fifth anniversary, I thought I would repost one of the first recipes we put on our website as it still remains one of my favorite ways to cook chicken for a crowd. As our children were growing up, this recipe adapted from Better Baking was often my go-to dinner on a busy day. By the time the homework is done and the rice is cooked, the chicken has baked into a gorgeous sticky, tangy and not overly sweet dish.

I loved to wander down her garden path and throw open the creaky doors of the cedar canning cupboard where she stashed all of her preserves, breathing in the damp, woodsy aroma and admiring the jewel tones of her beautiful jams and jellies. Today the whooshing sound of a sealed jar opening up still brings back the smell that wafted out of the jar of her mustard pickles, the pungent aroma quickly permeating every corner of her tiny square foot home.

That stool and this family recipe, sure to be passed down through the generations of my family, are my most treasured possessions of my beloved Gram.

It makes a great appetizer for game days or winter parties, served it in a slow-cooker set to low heat to keep it warm. The sauce tastes just like the neon-red sauce served in Chinese restaurants, but without the artificial coloring and a lot less sugar. Recipe inspired by Oh Sweet Basil. What a pleasant surprise it is every year when you glance out at what has been a mostly barren garden over the past winter months, and BAM- seemingly overnight a crop of fresh, local Rhubarb appears!

We know you will enjoy the crunch and tartness of this moist cake as much as our office crew did who devoured it with flourish! I loved experimenting with this recipe as the meatballs cook right in the sauce, eliminating one messy pan to clean up! Get started by following this recipe to make the meatballs , and then come right back and continue on with this recipe!

The chewy crust, creamy ice-cream and ganache topping are a perfect combination of flavours to end a summer backyard BBQ. In this recipe, Chef Nick has taken our fresh BC Halibut, that was fished in the Hecate Straight of the Haida Gwaii, along with the best savoury ingredients that our Grocery Aisle One has to offer, along with the freshest, crunchiest veggies from our produce department and given you a new way of enjoying your halibut.

I subscribed to Canadian Living magazine as a young bride 35 years ago, and still remain a faithful reader. While technically not a burger, this recipe was one of the winners and has been in my menu rotation ever since.

Be sure to give yourself some time to marinate the chicken. I recommend the garlic pesto or Herb Willy flavour. A sweet, spicy and salty flavour combination, this easy tapas inspired dish will have your guests coming back for one more nibble. A small chafing dish or crock pot will keep the delicious sauce nice and warm. Cooking the orzo in broth really ups the flavour of the pasta. Beef Tri Tip is not the same cut as Sirloin Tip.

Tri Tip is a specific triangular muscle located in the hip. The more marbling also makes it juicier and thus the perfect grilling steak. Biscuits with gravy, biscuits with fruit, cheese biscuits, and until recently I thought I had tried just about every kind of biscuit possible. Every time I make this now coveted dish, it has sent our guests into a state of blue cheese bliss!

Slice up some bocconcini cheese, lay the circles on the flatbread, or toss some of your favorite grated cheese on it. Farmer Rob, being the meat-loving guy he is, grilled up some of his favorite spicy Italian sausage, sliced it and lay it on the top. And that was a good thing, he said! Everyone always seems to have a few overripe bananas lounging on the kitchen counter, and this recipe I saw many years ago in the Taste of Home magazine quickly became a family favorite and a delicious way to use up those brown bananas.

You made a farmer other than Farmer Rob very happy this summer! I had the pleasure of meeting Roy Avila, one of the Oliver tomato growers we purchase from, and Roy expressed deep gratitude at being able to sell his sun-kissed field tomatoes to markets such as ours rather than being forced to sell to a produce wholesaler.

His calloused, dirt-stained hands held up three beautiful red tomatoes, all of which would have been rejected and dumped by a produce wholesaler, their only sins being a small black spot, a not-quite perfectly round shape, and a small split in the crown. I know that the food wastage problem our North American society has created because of our demand for perfect looking food upsets you as much as it does me.

Thank you for embracing the not-so-perfectly shaped fruits and veggies, for being willing to cut out the occasional blemish, for enjoying our unwaxed orchard apples, but mostly, deep gratitude for supporting our farm, and so many hard-working and dedicated BC farmers like Roy through your visits to Lepp Farm Market.

The traditional French Cassoulet is usually a 2 day cooking affair that originated in the south of France, containing meat typically pork sausages, goose, duck and sometimes mutton , pork skin and white beans. This simplified dish comes together in a few hours, most of which is time spent simmering in the oven while its delicious smells permeate your kitchen.

Like most slow simmered meals, it tastes better the second day, and absolutely begs for a crusty baguette to soak up all those tasty juices. Add a green salad sprinkled with jewel colored dried cranberries, and you have a hearty winter comfort food meal fit for company. This dish is the perfect excuse to haul out the heavy Le Creuset cast iron pot sitting in your cupboard. Be sure to ask our friendly deli staff to thick-cut the smoked bacon for you.

Since the bacon and sausage are both salty pieces of meat, taste and add salt in small amounts. To ensure the meatballs are all an equal size, I first portion them out using a small ice-cream scoop and then roll them.

When it seems that bacon is being used in every dish possible nowadays and with entertaining season just around the corner, this is the perfect recipe to provide to you. My favorite is paired with soft unripened goat cheese chevre as the creamy tanginess is the perfect match for this sweet complex concoction.

An even better idea would be to make a number of batches, and give them away as gifts in little fancy jars. I am also a huge fan of rosemary and have found that using just a tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary gives it the herbal infusion I am looking for without it overpowering the other flavours.

Their hand-blended spice mixes are quick and easy to prepare, using all natural ingredients, no added MSG and are gluten-free. Since many ethnic dishes frequently call for a long list of exotic spices, Nina has done the work for you, and often all you need to add is one or two common pantry ingredients to create a delicious dish.

First, cut the legs into 2 pieces, separating the drumsticks and thighs and trim away any loose, fatty skin. Place your chicken leg pieces directly over the heat for a few minutes on each side, searing them beautifully. You could also cover and bake them at degrees for 45 minutes. You can make it just with potatoes, adding some snipped chives and a few herbs at the end, but including some grilled veggies give it beautiful color and added nutrients.

From our Lepp Farm Raised Chicken Breast, to the pan of fragrant onions, deepening in colour by the moment, to the distinct, nutty flavour of Gruyere cheese.

The key to this chicken dish? The heap of silky mashed potatoes this kitchen tool is very useful in achieving the silk factor — available in our produce department , that it rests itself on. This is a special meal — douse your potatoes in some cream and butter and gather your family around the table. Prepare yourself for the oohs and aahs! This recipe features ground pork from Lepp Farms, and this quick-to-prepare dish makes a nutritious economical and delicious meal your whole family will love.

Use tortilla shells for a traditional burrito, or choose a lettuce for a lighter version. I recommend iceberg lettuce, as the crisp leaf compliments the savory pork mixture quite nicely. We often get asked how our business began , and the simple answer is hog farming. While always proud to be a BC Pork producer, the dream of bringing our farmed products directly to the public began as we saw the desire for local food increase , and the idea for Lepp Farm Market was born.

The pork we feature at Lepp Farm Market is from pigs raised on Lepp Farms in the barns directly behind the market. All BC producers, including Lepp Farms, must adhere to strict biosecurity measures and are inspected annually to ensure we comply with the Canadian Quality Assurance Program.

So wherever you shop, be sure to look for the BC Pork logo and support the dedicated BC farmers who are committed to bringing you the best and highest quality product they can produce.

This dip is delicious with baguette slices, or for a gluten-free alternative, use corn tortilla chips. Instead of overpowering the dish, the prosciutto complements the sweetness of the corn, brightness of the mint, and delicate flavor of the zucchini. We have many food traditions in our house. We love our food so the nightly tradition of sitting down to supper together is a big one for sure!

We have a ton of different variations of tacos that keep this tradition interesting each week but this is definitely one of our favourites! This recipe feeds our family and gives us some leftovers for lunch the next day. Also, one note on the tortillas: The small real corn flour tortillas are definitely the best for making tacos!

Fondue is always a fun way to get the family together or to impress dinner guests with an engaging meal option alternative. Determined to enjoy a smoked olive at home, Paula bought herself a smoker and worked with Bosa to source olives for her new venture.

Shortly after that, FUME — eh was born! And we knew just the recipe for them. Go with your gut, and adjust everything to your own tastes — after all, you know what you like in a meal! Want to load your bowl up with more spinach? Prefer a little less lemon? What I love about this recipe is how good it tastes with so little effort.

This is a recipe that features all the best Greek foods — lemony hummus, feta cheese, greek salad … And it all starts with creamy chickpeas blended into a thick dip, just asking to be paired with pita bread hot off the grill.

For those of you looking to go the extra mile for that extra creaminess, start with Grain Kabuli Chickpeas from your dry storage and soak them overnight to use you can even set some aside to toss on top of the dip.

Of course, the topping features some of the Abbotsford-grown greenhouse vegetables that have started finding their way into the market this time of year, mid March, for extra crunch and texture. This ham ball from the yellow book you would refer to the book by color when your friends asked you where your delicious recipe came from was a Lepp family Christmas tradition and when I was packing school lunches would often make individual sized servings, which along with crackers made a tasty alternative to boring sandwiches.

Family tradition is saved, and ready to share with you all! This incredibly easy cake only needs a blender or food processor, and the rest simply stirs together with a wooden spoon. Recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen , and the photos are ours!

This snack food will keep you coming back for more! Sweet, salty and delicious. A wonderful twist on the classic pairing of pork and apples.

Using bone-in pork chops will yield not only more flavour but more moisture as well. Spice up your dinner with this hearty and flavourful recipe. A perfect way to warm up after a day outside. Meet Grain , a Vancouver company founded by two women with a dream to connect Canadian farmers with consumers by sourcing, packaging and selling high quality dry goods such as lentils, chickpeas, wheat berries and quinoa directly from Canadian farmers, each farmer highlighted on their beautiful packages.

The process is simple, but does require pre-planning as the beans need an overnight soak. Our thanks to all of you committed to supporting hard-working Canadian farmers, please enjoy this recipe which showcases the bounty of the many excellent Canadian grown products available to us. Now, about this dressing. I quickly whipped up another batch of dressing, only this time using my not so secret ingredient!

Made in Italy, this traditional white wine vinegar has been combined with concentrated apple juice and then aged in wooden barrels for at least 12 months. It adds a whole new level of smooth and naturally sweet flavour that eliminated the need to add any more maple syrup to this recipe. A note about the duck breast: This video gives you a really good idea about where your duck has come from before you buy it here at Lepp Farm Market!

Every time we sample them, people are amazed by the taste and texture of this unique product. I love, love, love Thai red curry anything, and this delicious soup subtly showcases my favorite flavor. This delicious soup is quick and easy, and topped with crumbled, cooked bacon or accompanied by a hearty grilled cheese sandwich and a crunchy salad, it makes the perfect fall dinner. This recipe is over-the-top delicious and your family members will be asking for seconds!

As soon as I leave the market every day, I am on the run. My two gorgeous nieces live in Auckland with my far away brother and sister in law. I have only met my oldest niece once and am sad to say I have not had the good fortune of a happy snuggle with baby Ava quite yet.

My Mom and Dad have made the journey a couple times of year, and this time, I received a big treat from my sister in law. Her favourite cook books by Top Chef Finalist NZ, Chelsea Winter, made the long plane ride home with my folks and I have been had my nose firmly buried in both books ever since, lost in their pages as if they were the latest Jeanette Walls, or Gillian Flynn fiction novels that I love so much. I especially love recipes that include all ingredients that are right outside my office door, including BC Sockeye Salmon that is not in the least bit wasted in the fresh creamy ingredients that are all eventually topped by something that Miss Winter refers to as lemon cheeks?

As a recent convert to bacon-on-the-side instead of sausage with breakfast, our marketing coordinator has been on the hunt for creative ways to enjoy our housemade, locally raised, double smoked yum! Charlotte has made a Bacon Jam in the past, but when I was browsing through other versions of it, I found one that called for a dark, malty ale.

This proved to be a great choice! So to summarize — Bacon, Beer and Maple Cheddar. What more could a proud Canadian ask for in an appetizer? One of the best things about Italian cuisine can be its simplicity. This soup is hearty and because it is loaded with Italian sausage, gnocchi, tomatoes, garlic, and incredible cheese it is everything you would expect from an Italian soup… but also very quick and easy to prepare.

Large shavings of this cheese is easily prepared with a simple vegetable peeler — shave it directly onto the individually bowled soup portions just prior to serving. The chunks of sweet papaya add a wonderful contrast to the smoky heat of the chipotle peppers.

May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration of Mexican Heritage and Pride, and a perfect opportunity to commemorate this at the table! With this as my motivation, I set out to create a unique recipe that focuses on the flavours of Mexico and the Caribbean. The number of chipotle peppers one uses will depend upon how much spicy heat they like in their food. The left over chipotle peppers from the can are able to be frozen for future use: Once frozen this makes for easy extraction from the bag.

Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, perfect for a mimosa at your next brunch, drizzle over some cheesecake, or garnish anything chocolate for instant Black Forest flavour. The flavours of both the rub and the sauce come together perfectly to create fall-off-the-bone ribs that are to-die-for! Jack Daniels is a popular choice for creating BBQ sauces, but I have also added the technique of a doing a spice rub as well. Be sure to make the recipe with both the rub and the sauce; it has been created to bring the flavours of both aspects together for the most incredible, moist, mouth-watering, fall-off-the-bone ribs.

Enjoy a near-east influence on a French staple. Perfect for those who love using slow cookers. Whether it be eating more home cooked healthy meals or adding some exercise into your daily routine, we all have to start somewhere! This bowl is one of my signature dishes. You can always count on Chef Nick for some major recipe inspiration! Ingredients include an apple plucked right from one of the hundreds of the trees in our Osoyoos orchard, a mixture of fall tasting spices like Cardamom and Cinnamon, and a topping of Krause Farms puff pastry.

The result is a perfect apple pie that, like any good recipe, is better when shared. First, this dish smells amazing while it bakes. This is by no means a sponsored post, I just love my Le Creuset that much!

Most of my childhood summer memories revolve around corn season. Mom and I got to sleep an extra hour, and then we were up organizing and boxing the many banana boxes of corn that were being sold wholesale, and sorting through what was going to the stand. I wish I had been able to give this recipe to them! I usually find myself doubling the ingredients, and freezing half for a quick weekday dinner. We may not be able to enjoy the California sunshine, but we can warm ourselves up with a bowl of their hearty soup.

Or better yet, fry some of our delicious bacon until crispy and garnish each bowl with some smoky bacon pieces. The lonely shriveled lime in my fridge drawer was going to have to suffice as I was already in my pajamas and there was no way I was running back to the market for another ingredient. Owning a food store means that my slipper-clad feet often sneak into the market after hours to retrieve a forgotten ingredient!

The juice that I managed to coax out of the lime was enough citrus flavor for me, so I would go easy on the lemon juice the next time I make it. The recipe says it serves 4, but that would only be appetizer sized portions. I have just enough left over for Friday night, when Rob heads to the ranch for weaning day. While Britain claims the gregarious and super-hyper Jamie Oliver as their food ambassador, in true Canadian fashion we are privileged to call gentle and warm hearted Chef Michael Smith our advocate for simple, healthy, home cooked foods.

His passion for teaching people to make connections through food begins with reminders to get to know the people who produce your food right through to sharing the joy of dinner with friends and family around a table. After many repeated attempts and incessant nagging, I succeeded in luring him to the market a few years ago, which many of you attended.

That day I would have been content to close the market doors forever, as what else was there left for me to accomplish? Just make sure to sit down at a table and share it with someone you love! Slow cookers are a great tool in the kitchen. The cider, along with beef paste, and the juice from the canned tomatoes, provides a tasty broth.

One teaspoon of paste, mixed with one cup of water will make one cup of broth; however, instead of water I decided to use apple cider and liquid from the tomatoes which makes for a more complex flavour. I hope you enjoy this easy to make fall comfort food. Soups are the perfect comfort food for winter, and my version of a classic French onion soup will definitely tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul.

Using a combination of beef broth and red wine, along with the caramelized onions makes this soup very complex in taste. Fresh thyme is a staple of any French onion soup and this recipe is no different in that respect. The simmering time is important as it brings out the flavour of this thyme and the bay leaves. Enjoy and happy new year to you! Our most asked for recipe, and top selling frozen soup is now available for you to make at home! Sweet Okanagan nectarines, juicy BC heirloom tomatoes, fresh mint and basil, crunchy almonds and salty feta cheese…these are a few of my favourite things!

Or a suburban housewife, maybe , but Deb from Smitten Kitchen has nailed it again with this easy one-pan dinner. Now, as for the condiments. I love serving this dish with pickled onions and Raita, a creamy herb-filled sauce.

Using the fresh, local field tomatoes and the zucchini growing in our fields, this casserole features the best of the Autumn season! Enjoy as a side dish or as a vegetarian main course. Farmer Rob declared that he only wanted a tiny piece of dessert, but after one bite of this cheesecake, he already stated he needed another piece! This recipe is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen , who got it from a copy of Gourmet Magazine, who got it from a long-closed Santa Fe restaurant.

I topped it with fresh strawberries and my new favorite preserve, Strawberry Vanilla sauce. The topping possibilities are endless. Feel free to pile on any of your favorite fruit in season, Caramelized apples or pears would be perfect for fall, swirl in a fruit sauce like here, or just drizzle with a chocolate or caramel sauce. Sugar, strawberries, vanilla bean. Puree, simmer, water bath can.

The result is a sweet taste of spring in a jar, excellent as a topping for ice cream, swirled into yogurt, or spooned over waffles. Everything from lemonade to margaritas can get a pink makeover with a spoonful of strawberry vanilla sauce. Fantastic accompaniment at your next BBQ — great on grilled steak, chicken, and fish… or serve it as an appetizer with your favourite tortilla chips. I experimented with two methods, first dredging the chicken in egg wash and then flour, or marinating in buttermilk, and I definitely prefer the extra tang and moistness the buttermilk provides.

If you have a favorite bottled spice blend you prefer, by all means substitute that for the spices listed; our own Beer Can Chicken Rub or a steak spice like House of Q Rub would work. I also tried flipping the chicken over halfway through cooking but found that I lost some of the crispy coating in doing that.

This chicken is delicious served at room temperature and so would make an excellent dish for a summer picnic or neighbourhood potluck. As the youngest child in my family, my mother always gave me the tedious job of scrubbing each cucumber individually with a brush, until my older sister learnt that you can actually wash them in a top loading washing machine. All they just need a quick rinse before using. Pickling cucumbers are grown primarily for preserves like pickles or relish, but they are also delicious for fresh eating, especially the larger ones.

I still enjoy my favorite childhood way of eating pickling cucumbers, which is to peel the fresh cucumbers, slice them in half lengthwise and sprinkle them with a little salt.

Rub the halves together to dissolve the salt and enjoy the fresh, juicy and briny crunch. This heritage dill pickle recipe is courtesy of my friend Jan, who wrote out detailed instructions for her daughters. Most pickle recipes all share the same ingredients with only slightly varying amounts of salt, sugar and spices. Her recipe uses fresh baby dill, but I prefer the pickling dill with the fully developed heads as I feel you get a more pronounced dill flavour and I love the look of the dill seed heads in the jar.

For the cucumbers, count on using approximately 2lbs per jar. The brine recipe is enough for 7 jars. For adding dill, garlic, and other veggies and spices, that is entirely up to your taste. A bit of cornstarch makes the sauce cling to the meat and vegetables. To make slicing the steak easier, freeze it for 20 minutes.

The recipe calls for 1 pound of flank steak, which is half of a steak. I immediately doubled the recipe to use the whole steak and the leftovers were delicious! Just make sure you double all the sauce ingredients as well. When I asked our son and farm manager Mike, why he chose to grow this French heirloom variety this year, his answer was because Brent, our produce manager told him he had to as Brent wanted them in the market!

So back I went to Brent to find out why he was so fond of this variety. While the aromas of the lengthy roasting time may leave your kitchen smelling a bit like a tomato paste factory, the slightly chewy, intensely flavoured chopped tomato bits were the perfect base for the easy dressing and elevated simply chopped cucumbers into a beautiful side dish.

Make sure to let these moist muffins rest in the muffin tin for 15 minutes before you take them out to cool, or they may fall apart. One of our most asked about recipes is our coveted spinach salad.

With summer just around the corner and beautiful local strawberries now in the market we thought this was the perfect time to let you in on the secrets behind our favourite salad. If you want to make this into more of a full meal, we like to add grilled chicken or hardboiled eggs for additional protein.

I prefer a firm potato like a Yukon Gold or any yellow potato , as I find Russets fall apart while cooking and make for a watery finished product. Any waxy potato like a red also works well. Cut the potatoes into large chunks. Parsnips add a subtle sweetness no one can identify, and are a delicious way to use this underrated local root vegetable. Peel like a carrot, cut into large chunks and if the inside stem on the wide end seems woody, dig it out and discard it.

One parsnip for every two potatoes is a good ratio. Garlic — I peel a whole head of garlic and toss the cloves right into the pot with the potatoes. The cooking time mellows the sharpness, and you just mash it up with everything else. I was also told by a trusted cook that a peeled and cubed celery root , about baseball sized, adds another layer of mild celery flavour to a pot of mashed potatoes.

However, I did find that many of the vegetables they love are white, or tan, or beige. Potatoes, cabbage, leeks, and rutabagas were in abundance, but I needed some color!

Our trip included a side jaunt to Dublin, and there I fell in love with my new favorite store. I managed to convince Rob that he would survive waiting in line with all the women, and we both really enjoyed the tasty, lightly dressed salad along with our entrees. Of course I had to buy their cookbook, and thankfully it included a recipe for their signature salad dressing.

But this rainbow colored salad is so beautiful that it practically garnishes itself! These sweet, smoky, salty Brussels Sprouts will convert even the most skeptical sprouts eater. This dish does require a bit of attention, so designate the job to a trusted friend while you attend to the turkey! This is one of my favourite winter salads. I love the combination of roasted sweet pears and creamy shallots, and using the pan juices for the dressing gives it a delicious and easy twist.

Most burgers get their flavour from all the fixings you add to the bun, but this recipe incorporates most of the flavour into the patty itself.

I will never underestimate bringing a meal to someone in a time of need again, and am quick to whip up a pan of enchiladas or pot of chili when I know someone is going through a life change, as I was so grateful for every meal that came through our door! It seems that my sisters and I are in the baby-growing business these last years, so we have started a tradition where a few weeks before the newest baby is set to arrive, Mom walks through the door with 10 bursting Lepp Farm Market bags, and the four of us start chopping, grating, boiling, and sauteing our way till the parents-to-be freezer is full!

I have a good feeling we will be making this quite a few more times! This burger is east-meets-west, and a welcome change from the usual burger fare. When going out to eat now a rare occasion with a busy 9 month old at home! We love all the different flavors and spices, and it seems like there is always something new to try. We are so fortunate that we live close to an abundance of excellent Thai, Japanese, Malaysian and Indian places to choose from! As Marketing Manager of Lepp Farm Market, I can assure you that my love of food runs deep and is genuine — so I treasure my career choice!

Even more than cooking food, my friends and family all know how much I LOVE to eat a good hearty meal. I married a man who is very close to his Mom — and yes, what they say is true — he treats his wife just as well. Helga is my Mother in Law and lives with us in our home. With her thick Austrian accent, and ability to whip up the most incredible fried egg or clubhouse sandwich when you could have sworn there was nothing in the fridge, Helga never ceases to amaze me.

She has a heart of gold, has worked her entire life to give her kids everything she could, and after 20 years, still misses her late husband terribly. I consider myself very lucky every day to come home to meals like this delicious Swiss Steak. This is her recipe, and I would advise keeping it simple, using a lot of hot oil and a lot of salt. You will end up with Inside Round Steak that you can cut like butter, with a fork.

Enjoy, and as she likes to say — you be the judge! This is such a great summer dish, and a definite crowd pleaser. Spooning it into individual serving cups makes a beautiful presentation for a party. Cotija is a Mexican cheese, available here at Lepp Farm Market and is similar to feta, less salty with just a bit more tang. Here at Lepp Farm Market, we believe in balancing work with life — and encourage everyone on our team to do so!

Back in April, our Grocery Manager Stephanie did just that! But the real magic happened when she got home. Once back in Abbotsford, Stephanie set out to recreate one her new favourite dishes she had tried in a little cafe in Budapest — Turkish Eggs.

My husband and I ended off our European vacation in Budapest, Hungary — a highlight by far. The city, the culture, the people, the FOOD! Knowing that my husband and I would want to go out for a leisurely breakfast one of our mornings in Budapest, I had done some research ahead of time to track down a cozy cafe.

From the moment I walked in the front doors, I knew I had made the right choice! When presented with the menu, choosing just one dish proved quite the task — I hummed and hawed, weighing my options. A woman sitting next to us was listening to me struggle, and enthusiastically recommended the Turkish Eggs- I fell in love!

Soft poached eggs, nestled in rich garlicky yogurt, topped with a browned butter, infused with chili flakes and fresh herbs, with a slice of toasted crusty bread for dipping — OH MY! Creamy, savoury, a little bit of kick, full of bold flavours, yet so simple; it was divine. Throughout our travels, we never ate at the same place twice. Cirkusz was the exception. I could not leave Budapest without having those eggs twice.

Once I arrived back in Abbotsford, I grappled with the realization that I might never be back to Budapest to eat at this restaurant again. I knew it was up to me to figure out a recipe for making my new favourite brunch at home. So here are my Turkish Eggs, discovered in Hungary, now made in Canada. The hot, dry Prairie summers and long, cold winters are ideal conditions for the yellow, brown and Oriental seeds of this short growing season crop.

While apprenticing in a fine dining establishment, young Chef Carly quickly learned the versatility of mustard and how effortlessly adding a spoonful to marinades, salad dressings, sauces, and meats could take dishes to new heights. But my favourite part of her story is that her year-old Grandfather works on the assembly line with her! This creative and easy small bite will be the star of your next dinner party as you surprise and delight the friends around your table with this uniquely Canadian product.

Monday was a great day for me. But a holiday in February meant Rob and I could enjoy a leisurely day at home with no agenda! With it being Family Day, the invitation went out to our children to join us for supper, and I knew that what my family would enjoy more than any fancy gourmet dinner was homemade chicken noodle soup and buns. A call to my long-time friend Jan was required.

Jan is the kind of friend every young mom needs. She had children just a bit older than mine, she cooked, baked and canned like a professional and was a constant source of encouragement to me as I raised our family. She was always there with a kleenex, a hug, and words of affirmation that I would survive toddlers and teenagers, and that my children would turn out to be just fine! Even Grandpa would stop his tractor long enough to take his turn in our kitchen.

And in between the haircuts, she taught me how to bake buns. My warm, slightly flour-dusted kitchen became a memory album of the many times we shared this simple meal at our family table. Using an apple that holds its shape when cooked, such as Braeburn and adding a side of squash makes this the perfect fall comfort food dish, and adding salty crumbled blue cheese and rich, fork tender beef brings every flavor element to the meal. Tray bakes are the true heroes of make-ahead meals, and this sausage and apple bake is just the thing to bring to the table for everyone to dig in.

Perfect for Sunday dinner or entertaining, this mostly hands-off roast is a crowd-pleaser. As pork loin is naturally a lean meat, this cut benefits from a quick oven roast, rather than a long braise which would end up making it a tough and chewy roast.

Make sure to cook it only until the still-pink stage to ensure a tender meat. Recipe courtesy of Angela Boon. Your mind whisks you back to a certain location and if you close your eyes and think really hard about it, you can probably still smell the aromas associated with it. For our family, one of those foods is sloppy joes. For some unknown reason I only ever cooked it in summer, and it eventually evolved into the traditional dinner whenever we were bringing in the hay bales from the field.

Our boys, and all the friends they could recruit, would come in off the fields hot, sweaty and covered in itchy straw and tiredly sink down into in a lawn chair, ready for a hearty meal.

Served open faced over hamburger buns, covered in grated cheddar cheese and accompanied by juicy watermelon slices served in the big, green Tupperware bowl and Goodhost Iced tea poured out of the big, brown Tupperware jug, it was a meal that never failed to satisfy. This Hard Cider Pot Roast with Mushrooms, Carrots, and Onions is so incredibly tender, that after braising away in the oven for a few hour all you need to do to serve it is simply break up the roast with the back of a wooden spoon.

The silky textured meat just falls apart, all loose and juicy and tender. The combination of the cider slow cooked with the beef and earthy mushrooms plus carrots and onions creates a most spectacular gravy, perfect served over hot buttered egg noodles or creamy mashed potatoes. A pork tenderloin naturally has a long, tapered end, which often means the ends are overcooked while the middle is perfect.

The tender maple-and-mustard flavoured apples are the perfect accompaniment for this warming winter meal. The best advice I can give you is to do as much of this outdoors as possible. This is my go to recipe for when I am entertaining. The best part about this recipe is that you have to open a bottle of red wine, so you might as well pour yourself a glass to enjoy while you are standing there browning the short ribs!

I like to serve it alongside mashed sweet potatoes, green vegetables, and crusty bread. This makes a refreshing and beautiful summer dessert served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream! Or, make it an after school snack for the kids with some yogurt, instead. For a tender moist chop, be sure not to skip the brining!

Brining the chops, and cooking them only until some pink still remains ensures the best results. The sauce is easy and delicious! Our farm boasted a row of bright-red sour cherry trees which my Dad carefully tended, and each summer my parents would make the pilgrimage to Osoyoos to stock up on apricots, my mom turning both fruits into the most delicious jam. What more could a woman possibly ask for? The strained, stewed cherries left over are delicious stirred into yogurt!

One of the great things about the summer season is taking advantage of the beautiful weather by firing up the outdoor grill and cooking everything you can think of on it. I find the addition of mayonnaise is extremely important for not only adding richness, but also to help enhance the gooey drippy effect that a classic cheesesteak should have. This light summer salad is a perfect accompaniment to any Asian inspired dish and BC Hot House Mini cucumbers are just the right size.

This salad is actually better the next day, so feel free to make this the day before. Also, if you want it spicier, warm the dressing up, this will bring out the heat from the chiles.

Just allow the dressing to cool completely before adding the cucumbers. Just remember to use the guard to protect your fingers! Make it a meal, with Thai Chicken Skewers! Except I used chicken thighs instead of chicken breast because, in my opinion, the thighs have so much more flavor. I did need to use my immersion blender to get it evenly smooth. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor. Gaia Eirich Gaia is a Master costumer and has been attending and costuming at conventions for over a decade.

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His current research involves sensors for unpiloted airplanes. He has worked on devices that can read your fingerprint from 10 feet away, systems that let unpiloted helicopters land automatically, and a video-based sensor that helped guide the Space Shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope. If you're afraid of the robot revolution, Dr. Granade is probably someone to watch out for. When AVGS was first tested on orbit as part of the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology mission, the sensor guided the spacecraft right to the satellite, where the two promptly collided.

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He received a bachelor's degree in electronic media and film. He has directed many short films and has recently directed his first feature film. In addition to his narrative work, he has produced videos for non-profit organizations as well as documentaries. He's interested in the processes that change the appearance and compositions of planetary surfaces. From the solar wind and cosmic rays of "space weather" to the atmospheres, winds and waves of planetary weather systems, to impact craters and the internal processes of volcanism and tectonism, the surfaces of solar system bodies are always evolving.

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That story and her previous Analog entry, "Two Look At Two" April , are adaptations from a present-day alien-contact novel in progress. She is now at work on more short stories as well as the novel. She supported more than 30 unmanned science and weather missions including the lunar-orbiting Clementine mission that first detected water on the moon. Paula blogs regularly at her website PaulaSJordan. He's a long-time broadcaster, having volunteered at his campus-community radio station for nearly a dozen years before becoming staff in Small Cast Novella Form.

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She teaches master's and post-master's classes in molecular and cellular biology, including molecular phylogenetics and comparative animal physiology. Two of her publications focus on Maryland's state bird, the Baltimore oriole. Grig Larson Grig "Punkie" Larson b. He works as a systems administrator by day, and by night he's an author, open source advocate, runs Katsucon, narrates the Balticon Podcast, and works for the DC Rollergirls.

In no particular order. In , his first book, The Saga of Punk Walrus , became a cult classic. Since then he's been published in Gateways , several short story anthologies, and written several sketches and spoofs for various acting venues. He is a Redditor and can also be found posting on the Ars Technica forums. Lester is the senior editor of channel He and Paul also co-wrote Channel 37 Season One! Gary also wrote the award winning fantasy novel Ursula the Yellow , as well as numerous short stories and ebooks.

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Between the comets he studied Earth and Mars as examples of extra-solar planets using DI remote sensing. At APL in he helped discover glassy silica evidence of a massive planet forming collision in the nearby HD system, which was employed to interpret the asteroidal nature of the Wesley impact onto Jupiter.

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She currently runs the gaming area for Capclave and has run the Balticon Green Room for way too long. In short, she handles all paperwork, communications, admin jobs both large and small , and anything else that gets hurled her way.

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Mike McPhail Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is a member of the Military Writers Society of America; he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members and those deserving civilians in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us. See his website at www. Christie Meierz Bestselling author Christie Meierz has been writing since she was seven years old.

After raising several rambunctious boys, she took to writing space opera and planetary romance set in an empathic civilization on the edge of a dystopic Earth empire. In her universe, years in the future, she explores how empaths would live together and what can happen when empaths and normal humans collide.

Christie now lives in Pittsburgh with her mathematician husband and an assortment of stuffies. When she's not writing, she writes about writing on her blog, Meierz Musings , and on Facebook, where she welcomes comments and friend requests Jeff Meyer Jeff has completed bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics, with a master's in applied internet technology.

He has also run a college theater company for multiple season and written and directed stage adaptations of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. In addition, he has performed with several amateur theater companies and one professional, as well as working on multiple student films. He has taught at both the middle school and high school levels, and has had the opportunity to integrate science fiction into his science curriculum and teach courses in writing science fiction.

In addition, he is the author of the book They Called Me Mad: John is a long-term resident of Baltimore and is a graduate of Towson University, where he received a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in professional writing. Currently, he blogs on his Mad4Science blog at mad4science wordpress. These two-time Pegasus Award recipients are part of the growing music genre known as MythPunk, bringing old gods and folk tales into modern day, and bringing faerie tale princesses into the light of dark magic.

They weave journeys of song and story, bringing their listeners along for the ride. Care to come along? Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History , among other places. In addition to authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a sometimes college instructor; that last may or may not have been a good move on the part of their department.

They unfortunately live just outside Washington, DC in a creepy house with two cats and a very long-suffering husband. Alexander Mui Alexander Mui is a professional artist based in Baltimore. He severed as a senior editor for the award-winning Johns Hopkins News-Letter and is known for designing the popular mascot, Johnny Hopkins. He is known in the fandom community for his artwork, academic panels, and his work with various conventions.

He has worked for cons in leadership and advisory roles including most recently serving as the Design Chair for San Francisco's BABSCon, forming the first Design Department in the community that fought for the rights and fair treatment of artists.

He is also known for his research into the history of fan conventions, tracing their history from the early s to their modern incarnation. His research interests also include the history of narrative art, the evolution of culture from the earliest shamanic traditions to modern fandoms, and the history of the Japanese visual novel medium. His most popular panel is Years of Narrative Art.

Alexander just finished writing The West Point of the West: The History of the Army and Navy Academy , the first book on the history of American military education, to be published by History Press.

He is currently working on several others. View his artwork on SouthParkTaoist. Nate Nelson Former professional wrestler, video gamer and avid comic book collector, Nate Nelson is a well-rounded geek.

Nate graduated from the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and was hired as the producer for the Mackay in the Morning show at a suburban Chicago radio station. While in radio, he found a passion for voice acting and audio production, occasionally taking on the role of assistant production director at the station. Hamilton Street and Rebels and Rejects. He co-starred in Shotgun Mythos Season 1 as Gryson.

Laura Nicole In the year , Laura Nicole discovered that her funny voices and accents that she picked up on her travels had turned into a passion for recording audio dramas. As her super skills in recording were honed, she began tinkering with audio production.

She also started writing her own fantasy stories, which she lovingly shares exclusively at Balticon. Recording as the "Gypsy in the Attic" is how she shares her recording experiences and wild interviews with other authors and voice actors with the public.

If you see this woman and know her work, she is likely to hug you. You have been warned. Christine Norris Christine Norris is the author of several speculative fiction works for children and adults, most notably the Library of Athena series.

All of which means she loves to be in the library, which is her secret day job whoops She is married with one son, two rescued cats, a rescued Jack Russell, and a rescued palomino rabbit. There's a lot of rescuing. She also has a complete weakness for Doctor Who , Sherlock , and other British television shows, as well as an addiction to movies, re-told fairy tales, and police procedural shows. She also believes in fairies. Nutty Nuchtchas Artist by day, blogger and podcaster by night, Nuchtchas nicknamed Nutty -- artist, blogger, podcaster, gamer, role player, and self professed "Geek Queen" is the chief editor and director of nimlas.

While currently based in New Brunswick, Canada with spouse and Dragon, Nuchtchas is often traveling back where she came from, New York and all around the United States. O'Donnell is a writer and podcast producer living in Western New York. He is the host and editor of the Way of the Buffalo podcast, and the creator of the forthcoming Freelance Hunters adventure fiction podcast.

His serial short fiction series, Characters , updates daily at hughjodonnell. His most recent novel is Shattering the Ley from DAW Books, the start of a new series, set in a city powered by the magic of the ley lines.

The sequel, Threading The Needle , is forthcoming. He edits anthologies with co-conspirator Patricia Bray the most recent called Clockwork Universe: Find out more about the press and future anthologies at www.

She is an historian of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, classical reception, the history of books, publication and reading, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science and atheism. She is the composer for Sassafrass, an a cappella group performing fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, whose Viking musical play Sundown: She blogs for Tor.

Always a strong presence at Balticon, TJ conducts writer workshops for adults. Her story "Soul Searching" was published in Pacific Review Several of her other short stories appeared in many anthologies in He founded Manhattan's West End Synagogue.

He has been honored with two Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa , one from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the other from the Jewish Theological Seminary He has taught courses on Judaism, medical ethics, Bible, and world religions, but often infuses his courses with materials from science fiction.

As a teenager growing up in Chicago, he joined the Chicago Science Fiction Society and had the privilege of regularly meeting with Algis Budrys, Fred Saberhagen, Earl Kemp, and many other mainstays of the Chicago science fiction pro and fan communities. Asimov, who griped about never having received a Hugo, felt somewhat guilty when the author complained that his whole bit about getting no respect from the science fiction community was permanently ruined.

A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, MD, and can be found online at sarahpinsker. He is a creative powerhouse in the realm of digital and print publications, art, and graphic designs, boasting diverse experience in eBook and traditional print cover art, cover layout and graphic design, interior layout and desktop publishing, digital and traditional illustration, photography, marketing and promotional branding, personal branding, and general design services.

Cooley, and many others -- in addition to clients in other industries and various entertainment outlets -- his expansive abilities are the perfect one-stop fit for any project and any client, big or small.

Povey is in her early forties, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She writes a variety of speculative fiction, while following current affairs and occasionally indulging in horse riding and role-playing games. She has sold fiction to a number of markets including Analog , and has written RPG supplements, some of which are available from Occult Moon Publishing.

Her first novel, Transpecial , was published by Musa Publishing in April Her most recent release is the apocalyptic science fiction novella Mother , first of The Silent Years series. Brian Rathbone Best known for writing epic fantasy fiction and telling bad dragon jokes on Twitter, Brian Rathbone also spends too much time thinking about unicorns. His World of Godsland ebooks and podcast novels have garnered millions of downloads and thousands of five-star ratings. Ray Ridenour Ray Ridenour has been an artist for 45 years, and a Balticon participant since At SF conventions and in general he's exhibited paintings, drawings and stained glass sculptures and windows.

He has sat on many convention panels as both member and moderator. Ray has been in fannish and non-fannish plays, as well as two horror films, one as a featured player. He lost his head in that one. Outside of fandom, he spent 20 years as a professional artist and community liaison for Baltimore City housing departments. He's built commercial displays for department stores, done illustrations for the Baltimore Sun, and done private projects for individuals and community institutions.

In he founded The Roundtable Podcast , providing writers the opportunity to brainstorm story ideas with established authors. In April , he launched Vex Mosaic , a monthly e-zine featuring essays on culture as viewed through speculative fiction media. In July, Dave will open "The Shattered Worlds Collaborative Storyverse" to the public, a story world where visitors can add their own story elements and use the setting for their own storytelling explorations.

The first novel set in the Shattered Worlds will be published in late , a collaborative effort with Alasdair Stuart and Colin F. Barnes with additional support from Mercedes Yardley and Sarah Chron. Dave is also a gifted vocal performer, lending his voice to audio fiction productions from EscapePod , Pseudopod , Podcastle , The Drabblecast , Starship Sofa , Tales to Terrify , and more. You can learn more about his many projects -- including samples from his vocal performances -- at www.

After years and years of splitting his time between a day job and writing at night, a sympathetic boss shoved him out the door and made sure that he pursued his dream full-time.

Facing the elements with only a laptop and pure grit, this heroic author has managed to lose 65 pounds, a steady paycheck, and contact with the outside world. He can often be found wandering barefooted in the world's most stylish rags pleading, "Buy my books? He is credited with: Adam regularly travels the country and has now performed at graduate schools and scientific conferences in 25 states and five countries.

Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence" was named one of the top five solo shows of by Maryland Theatre Guide , and this summer he'll debut his second solo show, "I Feel Funny," at the Capital Fringe Festival. Adam lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

Carol Salemi Carol Salemi costumes at the Master level and has been involved in all aspects of costuming for over 50 years, trying her hand at everything from teaching, creating, and competing to judging and masquerade directing. Each competition costume usually involves some new, fun, or challenging technique that keeps it fresh. Carol enjoys working as a medical massage therapist 27 years , and works part time for Regal Cinemas and Sondra Celli Designs with seasonal jobs in the Haunt Industry.

She likes creating steampunk accessories and fashion Patrick Scaffido Patrick Scaffido is a poet, podcaster, author, and musician currently releasing his surrealistic dark fantasy novel, Storyteller Chronicles: The Horde , as a series of musical podcasts through Podiobooks.

He has taught history and English literature. He wanted to major in psychohistory like in the Foundation novels but had to settle for semiotics and the analysis of trends in popular culture.

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