About Vicki

I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.

Soup Pot Wisdom

At the heart of the ‘everyday happiness’ conversation is the notion that being present to our ordinary activities and daily tasks is the pathway to deep joy and a profound contentment. Very often, we look outside ourselves, or to some future way-station, where, upon arrival we will have our heart’s desire and a happy life […]

Recipes from an Italian Kitchen

It’s midwinter on the wet, west coast where I live, and  we are having those kind of dark, gloomy days that simply cry out for cosy jammies, snuggles, and comfort food. As I type this, the house is filled with the robust aroma of Ragu Bolognese. My beloved is steaming up the kitchen, trying his hand at […]

Angelic Low Carb Christmas Cookies

Tis the Season to have Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in our heads; decorations and lights twinkling in our homes, and sugary treats threatening our waistbands. Fear not, precious Dishing in the Kitchen followers. Kitchenette Lorene Stuart is here to defend against some of those delicious dangers with a couple of recipe remakes using sugar alternatives. Sweet […]

From Ick to Slick: Cleaning Stainless Steel

This week, Kitchenette Lorene Stuart shares her tips and tricks for making stainless steel shine, and dishes on her own stove-keeping habits! Lorene is an amazing volunteer, voice and stage actor, with a commitment to community, cookery and common sense. Thanks, Lorene! When my brother and his family came over to our house for Thanksgiving, […]

Three Celebrity Chefs Serve Up Day of Delicious

This month’s post is brought to you by Kitchenette Lorene Stuart, an amazing volunteer, voice and stage actor, with a commitment to community, cookery and common sense. Thanks, Lorene! On Saturday, November 8, 2014, I was honoured to assist at the Haney Farmers Market’s Celebrity Chefs at the Market Cooking School. As a Kitchenette, I […]

Lamb Shanks with Gusto

Each year, I purchase half  a lamb from local farmers Al and Donna Kozac of Duende Farm. I first met Al and Donna at their booth at the Haney Farmers Market in Maple Ridge BC. I stopped by to buy some of their locally famous Russian Porcelain Garlic. They call it Gusto Garlic, and it […]

Another Adventure with Raw Food

Last Sunday I enjoyed participating in another one of Kristina Jacob’s Raw Food Workshops.  This time the topic was Entrees and we were all treated to a wonderful variety of tasty treats created by the lovely Master Chef. The recipe that I’m sharing with you today is another Kristina Jacob original – Thai Coconut Soup.  […]

Food Revolution Day 2014

What an amazing weekend of fun and standing up for real food!  Maple Ridge’s Food Revolution Day 2014 was a huge success with the Farm to Fork dinner at the Big Feast Bistro and our Children’s Recipe contest at the Haney Farmer’s Market. We are happy to announce the winners of our Children’s Recipe Contest: […]

Food Revolution Day, Gifts Included

As a Kitchenette, I am thrilled to be part of Food Revolution Day 2014 here in Maple Ridge May 16 and 17th.  I live in South Surrey/White Rock, so you might ask me why I’d drive all the way to Maple Ridge early on a Saturday morning to volunteer for this event?  Well, for one, […]

A Taste of Hospitality

One of the great things about having a blog devoted to happy idleness and great eats, is that there are always plenty of invitations for fun and interesting things to do (and eat). This Spring, Dishing in The Kitchen was asked to participate in a community cookbook project to support the local hospital foundation. Did […]