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February is a great time for rich, spicy stews and decadent treats to wake up the palate. Cheesecake, chicken cacciatore, any type of curry, lasagna, lobster tail, meatloaf, salmon, and stew are all excellent choices to chase the mid-winter blues away…or nurse them along. Depending on the fullness of the moon, you may be making a lot of pancakes this month.

Valentine’s Day gives us an extra excuse for sharing a decadent homemade delicacy with someone special. Chocolate fondue, or fondue in general, are great lover’s meals, shared tête-à-tête.

If you farm or garden, this is a good time to begin preparing your planting pots and starting early seeds. Try to have them ready by the end of the month. Some peppers take as long as 10 months to come to fruition. The same is true of ginger, turmeric and galangal. It’s also a good time to start some lettuce if you have warming trays.

Larry Fiege of Fiege's Farm BC Big Leaf Maple Syrup

Larry Fiege of Fiege’s Farm, talking about BC Big Leaf Maple Syrup

Photo and Interview by Gayle Hurmuses, with additional questions from Tilman Hainle. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/265764859″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Growing...

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Egg hearts

Egg Hearts

This is a cute thing to do with eggs for your Valentine’s Day brunch. From DaveHax on YouTube.

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Chocolate Mole Sauce

I’ve loved mole sauce since the first time I tried it, and the best I’ve ever tasted was in...

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Herbs Drying

Review – West Coast Seeds

Review by GaddAboutEating. Photo from West Coast Seeds West Coast Seeds 4930A Elliott Street Ladner, BC, British Columbia Canada, V4K...

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Passion for Coffee

Sure, Valentine’s Day can be seen as a commercialized holiday to sell more flowers and chocolate. I choose to...

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Chili Chicken

Chilli Chicken

Spicy and filling, this is a hearty and colourful meal that will please both the tummy and the eyes...

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Blood Chocolate

Our feature article this month by Alison Cole, is about ethical chocolate . It includes an interview with Executive Director...

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