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Slow Cooker Comfort Food by Judith Finalyson

slow cooker275 Soul-Satisfying Recipes – by Judith Finlayson

My concept of comfort food is warm and welcoming and provides a sense of sustenance — a kind of culinary haven in a heartless world. But most of all it is delicious. When things seem grim, there is nothing like a mouth-watering bite of something delectable to set things right.  Or, as the ever-elegant M.F.K. Fisher reflected, “At the end [of a good meal] you know that Fate cannot harm you, for you have dined.”” – Judith Finlayson

This outstanding collection of 275 recipes combines the convenience of the slow cooker with dishes that make us feel better, evoking the warmth of home and family.  With everyday favorites, elegant entertaining, and meals that embrace a diversity of international flavours, Slow Cooker Comfort Food is a perfect addition to the kitchen, (especially during those frenetic back-to-school days,) and is destined to become a favourite in Canadian homes.

Responding to requests from her readers, in a unique colour guide on every page, Judith has included tips on halving recipes for single people and couples and has highlighted dishes suitable for entertaining as well as vegan and vegetarian friendly recipes, and a comprehensive feature on “understanding  your slow cooker” and food safety.

Judith Finlayson is a food writer, journalist and author.  After a long career as an author, journalist, editor, speechwriter and consultant, Judith Finlayson decided to transform her passionate love of cooking and interest in the culture of food into a second career. Her slow cooker books, The Healthy Slow Cooker, 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics, The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes, The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes and Delicious & Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes have now sold over 750,000 copies.  She is also the author of 125 Best Rotisserie Oven Recipes and The Convenience Cook and The Complete Whole Grains Cookbook.  Judith Finlayson lives in Toronto.

Judith will be in Vancouver September 30th and October 1st and available for interviews.

She will also be teaching at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks Wednesday September 30th 6:30pm

Books To Cooks

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Araxi’s Cookbook

Araxi_cover_2x3Mountain + Valley + Ocean – Araxi’s elegant yet easily approachable cookbook
champions the seasons and its locale

From the pans of Whistler’s famed Araxi Restaurant and executive chef James Walt, to the pages of Araxi’s new cookbook, come seasonal recipes accessible to the home cook, and packed with regional flavours of ranch, field and sea.

Available at fine booksellers on October 3rd or online now, Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant, champions its locale in Whistler’s two distinct seasons: summer and winter.

Already, the book has received high praise from fellow chefs, and repeat guests of the restaurant, Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. “What a book to have! Inspiring and creative–a must-have ingredient in any kitchen,” says Ramsay. “This book is full of the attention to detail, freshness and passion that makes eating at Araxi so special,” says Blumenthal.

A special harvest menu section showcases the region’s bounty with a tasting menu based exclusively on items grown, produced and harvested within 100 miles of the restaurant, epitomizing Araxi’s commitment to local, seasonal food and to the food and wine-producing communities that support the restaurant all year round.

Published by Douglas & McIntyre, also featured are more than 100 photographs by noted culinary photographer John Sherlock, as well as companion text by Jim Tobler, illustrating the essence of the place, and the talented team that has built the restaurant’s international reputation.


In person at Araxi or our sister restaurants in Vancouver: Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West.

online for a personalized copy and receive complimentary shipping within Canada.

Or, pick up a copy at fine booksellers, including Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver and Chapters locations across Canada.


Herb-crusted Halibut with Pea Purée and Coriander Vinaigrette

Click here for the recipe. Also featured on pages 60-63 of the cookbook.

The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long-held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Executive Chef James Walt celebrates carefully sourced local ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley farms, where he collaborates frequently with local growers. 4222 Village Square, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. 604 932 4540,

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Ladies take note – It’s not the implants that’ll get ’em


Found this on Amazing Ribs – I’ve really been doing it all wrong all this time.  Screw perfume.

Amazing Ribs

If you want to attract men, skip the expensive implants and get a smoker for only a few hundred dollars. Wood smoke is a potent pheromone and you’ll have every man in the neighborhood hanging out on your porch! Click here for a buying guide to smokers (Note: I don’t sell them I just review them). Illustration by Gil Elvgren, 1958.

Whole Foods Market opens new Cambie store

State-of-the art facility boasts expert in-store team, more product selection and improved environmental features

Whole Foods Market is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Cambie store on Wednesday, April 29. As the largest Whole Foods Market location in B.C., Cambie offers the most diverse selection of local natural and organic products to better serve the Metro Vancouver community. With even more local varieties, Private Label 365 Everyday Organic and bulk selections to choose from, the Cambie store makes it easy to shop economically for the unique products customers are looking for.

Located at the corner of Cambie and West 8th Avenue, the 53,000-square-foot store offers skilled in-store specialists in all eight departments – including a certified naturopath, fishmonger and expert team of chefs; new and unique store amenities – including a build-your-own pizza bar and full-service charcuterie; an extended seafood selection – including Whole Opah, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi; and the largest collection of Private Label products in the Pacific Northwest region.

“We are really excited to finally open the doors to the newest Whole Foods Market store in B.C. to bring an even fuller selection of the freshest, highest quality products to our Metro Vancouver customers,” said Vicki Foley, PR Specialist for Whole Foods Market. “From the more than 600 new lines of grocery products to the impressive prepared foods and Whole Body departments, the new Cambie store will provide a best-in-class and budget-friendly shopping experience for customers on every visit.”

Whole Foods Market will kick off launch-day with a bread-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration of food, music and community giving! The event will feature live musical performances by folk artist Haley Bonar and an appearance by famed local culinary queen Lesley Stowe. Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President John Cougher and the new Whole Foods Market Cambie store team will be in attendance to present a $5,000 cheque to volunteers from Vancouver charity Growing Chefs – a group that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project – in support of their work to further awareness and growth of urban agriculture.

Built with a number of unique environmentally-conscious features, Cambie is the first Canadian Whole Foods Market store with LEED Certification – Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – a Green Building Rating System that provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The new store also uses energy star-rated equipment, low-emitting paints and coatings and applies construction waste management practices to divert 50 per cent of construction materials from landfills.

Additional highlights at Cambie Whole Foods Market include:

A Living Wall at the entrance of the store designed to help bring nature back into our urban living environment and make the space healthy and livable
An extended selection of local products sourced within 100 miles
An 18-foot wall of bulk selections
Private Label Whole Catch Seafood – the first Whole Foods Market to carry the line in Canada
A Private Label wall with more than 350 products – the most complete line of any Whole Foods Market north of California
A full-service coffee bar featuring Whole Foods Market’s own Whole Trade Guarantee Allegro® coffee

Michi Sushi at Whole Foods Market

From Facebook – Yes, Michi Sushi will be available at the Cambie and Broadway location of Whole Foods Market beginning Wednesday April 29th. It’ll be the grand opening so it’ll be crazy, but I’ll be there in person so please come by and give me a hug -Whole Foods didn’t give me very much time to prepare and I really need one right now.
If you don’t feel like embracing the crowds or hugging my skinny frame, you can come visit the retail location at Broadway and Granville – Now open 7 days a week.
And if you’re really feeling lazy, don’t forget that we cater. Make an order of at least 20 rolls(feeds 6-7) and we’ll deliver it to your workplace.
I haven’t completed my first year in business yet and it’s been a wild ride. Thank you everyone for your wonderful support.
(This isn’t a press release, it’s facebook)
Kenny… or Kenneth… or special K… or whatever else you know me as.

Easter Ham


This is a great recipe for an amazing ham. Thank god there’s no pineapple!
1 (10 lb) ham
2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
3 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard
4 tablespoons orange juice

Place ham, skin side up, in a roasting pan and bake covered in foil at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound. For 10 lbs you’ll need 3 1/2 hours.
Remove ham from the oven. Score fat in diamond shapes. Stick cloves on the ham. Combine honey, mustard, sugar and orange juice and spread over the ham.
Bake uncovered for 40 minutes more, basting occasionally with the glaze.

ilove olive oil

ilove2Many know that New Zealand’s lush, broad landscape provides perfect growing conditions for vineyards delivering quality vintages all over the world. Many are not aware that this same landscape also provides a haven for olive groves. Ilove olive oil captures the pure taste of New Zealand’s rich, green pasture providing a distinctively herbaceous and grassy style of olive oil.

ilove olive oil comes from a collective of 30 New Zealand growers united by their passion – and love, for producing olive oil. By paying close attention to the quality of the fruit, the growers play a pivotal role in creating this ultra premium, cool climate extra virgin olive oil.

Ilove is sourced from growers around the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay regions in the lower North Island of New Zealand. This region lends ilove its full-bodied and fruity taste – similar to renowned Sauvignon Blancs made from grapes grown in the same region.

Made by 30 growers and New Zealand’s top blender, ilove olive oil is a locally produced unique product that is now available in select locations across North America.