Herb & Mushroom Polenta topped with Garlic Chanterelles and Fresh Herbs

Chanterelle season is here and I couldn't be more thrilled! These gorgeous mushrooms are typically in season here in Nova Scotia mid-August – mid-September, according to the lovely folks at Maritime Gourmet Mushrooms. They grow their mushrooms year-round, but also bring in freshly harvested chanterelles in the late summer/early fall. I am not a mushroom harvester, and would strongly advise against harvesting your own unless you are well versed in mushroom identification, or go with someone who is very well trained in this area. There is a saying that goes "There are old mushroom hunters and bold mushroom hunters, but no old, bold mushroom hunters" and I have read too many accounts of accidental poisoning to feel comfortable foraging on my own at this point in time. Which is why sourcing mushrooms from trusted local growers and harvesters is such a wonderful option. I can't say enough good things about…

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Fresh Herb & Nut Pulp Crackers

I created these crackers because I was trying to make use of leftover nut pulp and kale stems. We eat kale frequently and while I often thinly slice the stems and add them to various dishes, this week I found myself with an abundance of leftover stems. I also wanted to make use of leftover fresh basil we purchased at the market over the weekend. I am dating myself perhaps when I suggest these crackers would work well as a choose your own adventure (anyone else remember the books back in the 80's?) but I would suggest that this recipe works well with several different variations. The almond and basil I've included below is a lovely combo, but walnut and tarragon, pecan and chives and perhaps hazelnut and arugula would be lovely alternatives. If nuts are not a possibility, ground sunflower seeds would be an excellent substitute, paired with basil…

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Sparkling Turmeric Lemon-Limeade

We stopped drinking soda (or pop, as we like to refer to it up north) over 10 years ago. I found it sickly sweet and wasn't comfortable with the extra add on ingredients (corn syrup and caramel colouring being two prime examples).

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