10 Camping Kitchen Must-Haves

Tips for simplifying outdoor gear and my essential camping kitchen must-haves. Brought to you by Libra.

For the past two summers I’ve been working towards a minimalists camping kitchen. I wasn’t even sure it was possible, not for a family of five, with ferocious appetites and gourmet tendencies.

Part of my incentive to explore a compact version of outdoor gear came after leafing through a popular cookbook and spotting a ‘mellon baller’ on the list of camping kitchen must-haves. Uh, I’m sorry, but no. You’ll never get away for the weekend if you have to think about packing everything.

It’s time to get back to basics. Just the fire, the forest and you — all contained in their respective places, of course. In my recent experience, it IS possible to pair down gear for campfire cooking. Today I’m sharing my essentials, along with a few favourite drinks and snacks.

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How to Cook an East Coast Seafood Boil

Here in the Maritimes, nothing quite says summertime celebration like a good old East Coast seafood boil.

Whether you’re serving it up on the beach or in the backyard, this shellfish feast is always memorable for all the right reasons.

A seafood boil is relatively simple to pull off – really! It’s all cooked in one giant pot and served up on newspaper for easy clean-up. It’s a great way to feed a crowd (and impress them, too).

Summertime feasts are back, so invite your friends, set the table and make up for lost time with an epic East Coast Seafood Boil.

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2021 Spring Cookbook Round-Up

I‘ve always been the type of person to look for the silver lining in every situation. And the upside of spending a rainy spring in full lockdown is this: more time to read cookbooks.

There’s been an absolute landslide of incredible culinary publications recently. I’m relieved that the current global ‘situation’ has not harmed, but rather nurtured the rise of cookbooks. And they seem to be better than ever.

Come join me for a spring cookbook round-up. We’ll travel to the Arab world through The Arabesque Table and to a remote Inn on the edge of Prince Edward Island. You’ll be inspired keep a more sustainable kitchen and put those sheet pans to good use.

I think we could all use a little extra help in the kitchen these days. Sometimes all it takes is a new cookbook to spark fresh interest in cooking and baking. I wonder which title below will be that book for you?

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15 Good Reads: Danny’s Book Recommendations

Here are 15 book recommendations for the year 2020, touching on topics from humour to social issues, or for just broadening your perspective.

When Aimée heard that I had read over forty-five books this year, she was completely astounded. She polled her Instagram readers to see if people wanted suggestions for what to read next (or gift ideas!).

The response was a resounding yes, so here we are. Consider this my first gift guide. Remember, Aimée has shared her favourite cookbooks of 2020 as well as 24 Food Gifts from Canadian Artisans.

Today, I’m listing 15 titles that cover everything from humour to social issues. I’m always looking for a new read or audiobook, so please share your book recommendations in the comments.

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My Favourite Cookbooks of 2020

A round-up of the outstanding cookbooks of 2020, featuring family dinner, bold flavours, the joy of pie and much more.

Yesterday I sat down with a notepad and a stack of cookbooks to make a menu plan for the week. Leafing through the pages, I was filled with a tangible sense of gratitude.

I’m so fortunate to be able to outline our eats for seven days straight. It is a absolute privilege to be able to plan out holiday nibbles, brunch baking and Christmas confections, too.

I don’t take my food security or the cookbook collection for granted. I am thankful.

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