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Introducing ”The Edible Valley Podcast” with your dynamic hosts, Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer!




Introducing ”The Edible Valley Podcast” with your dynamic hosts, Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer!





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Episode 232: ”Savouring Sustainability: Zero-Waste Cooking Reducing Food Was

In Episode 232 of The Edible Valley Podcast, hosts Chef Jonathan Frazier, William Stringer and special guest Blayne Prowse delve into the art of zero-waste cooking. Exploring mindful eating and sustainable living, they uncover ways to reduce food waste and packaging waste in the kitchen. From transforming leftovers into flavorful soups to repurposing stale bread, each discussion thread intertwines practical tips with eco-conscious insights. Join the conversation as they share creative recipes, actionable strategies, and inspiring anecdotes, inviting listeners to savor sustainability one delicious meal at a time. Tune in for a culinary journey towards a greener, more flavourful future.


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Episode 231 “​​Knives in the Kitchen”

In this episode of The Edible Valley Podcast, hosts Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer take a deep dive into the essential tool of every chef's arsenal: knives. From discussing the different types of knives commonly used in the kitchen to offering tips on proper grip, safety practices, and maintenance techniques, they provide invaluable insights for both novice and experienced cooks. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, Chef Frazier and Stringer guide listeners on how to choose, handle, and care for knives to enhance their culinary journey. Tune in to sharpen your skills and slice through the world of kitchen knives!


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Episode 230"Tailgating Traditions"

In Episode #230 of "The Edible Valley Podcast," hosts Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer delve into the vibrant world of tailgate traditions. After surviving Super Bowl in Los Vegas Chef Jonathan wanted to discuss the joys of tailgating. From its humble beginnings to its evolution into elaborate pre-game parties, they explore the origins, cultural significance, and regional variations of tailgating across America. With a focus on popular tailgate foods, traditional drinks, and tips for preparing delicious meals, listeners are treated to an engaging discussion filled with anecdotes and experiences that showcase the camaraderie, culinary delights, and community spirit of this beloved American pastime. #FoodPodcast, #CulinaryConversations, #FoodieTalk, #GourmetPodcast, #CookingTips, #ChefTalk, #FoodCulture, #FoodStories, #DeliciousDishes, #FoodAndDrink, #EpicureanJourney, #TasteExploration, #GastronomicAdventure, #CulinaryExperience, #FlavorfulConversations, #KitchenInspiration, #FoodForThought, #TastyTalks, #FoodieCommunity, #CookingAdventures


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"Episode 229, Exploring the Essence of Oysters"

In Episode 229 of The Edible Valley Podcast, hosts Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer delve into the fascinating world of oysters, focusing on their significance in Pacific Northwest cuisine and the unique farming methods used in Vancouver Island. From discussing the rich history of oysters in the region to exploring the pristine waters surrounding Vancouver Island and their impact on flavor, Chef Jonathan and William provide valuable insights into the cultivation, cooking techniques, and wine pairings for these delectable shellfish. Join them on a culinary journey as they uncover the secrets of these ocean delicacies. Classic Mignonette sauce is a simple and flavorful accompaniment for fresh oysters, known for its tangy and slightly sweet taste. Here's a traditional recipe for making Mignonette sauce: Ingredients: Instructions: Mignonette sauce is best when made fresh and served immediately, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. Give the sauce a quick stir before using it to refresh the flavors. Feel free to customize the Mignonette sauce to your taste preferences by adjusting the quantities of shallots, black pepper, . Some variations include adding minced fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or tarragon for added flavor complexity.


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"Episode 228, 2024 Culinary Insights: A Feast for the Future"

In this episode of "The Edible Valley Podcast," Chefs Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer dish out the latest culinary trends of 2024. Are you diving into unconventional delights like "Snacks for Dinner" or embracing the rise of "Nonalcoholic Spirits and Wine"? Join the hosts as they explore the innovative realms of "Plant-Based Cuisine," the allure of "Gourmet White Chocolate," and the cultural fusion in "Third-Culture Cuisine." Discover if your kitchen is equipped with the trendsetting "Countertop Ovens" and explore the flavor journey with "Ube." It's a flavorful odyssey.


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Episode 227”Unwrapping Christmas Cooking”

In Episode 227 of "The Edible Valley Podcast," hosts Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer unwrap the essence of Christmas in a culinary extravaganza. Delving into practical tips for seasonal menu planning, the episode navigates through the art of creating classic Christmas dishes. From traditional roasts to delectable desserts, they unravel the secrets behind crafting these iconic delicacies. Offering insightful advice for both novice and seasoned cooks, the hosts share invaluable expertise to elevate your festive cooking experience. Join them on this flavorful journey as they celebrate the spirit of Christmas through tantalizing flavors, culinary wisdom, and the joy of shared meals. Homemade Cranberry Sauce: Ingredients: Instructions:


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Episode 226 ”First Taste, Two Dad and baby food.”

In this episode of “The Edible Valley Podcast," Chef Jonathan Frazier and William Stringer, both fathers, share their unique perspectives on navigating babyhood. Despite not being experts, their insights stem from personal experiences. William, currently caring for an infant, delves into the challenges of introducing solids and balancing nutrition. Meanwhile, Jonathan, whose older daughter surpassed the baby food phase, offers hindsight wisdom and practical tips for new parents. Their candid discussions revolve around trials, successes, and the joy of witnessing little ones explore culinary adventures. Through their relatable narratives, they bring a blend of empathy and relatability, fostering a supportive community for parents embarking on similar journeys. Edible Recipe: Homemade Sweet Potato Puree Ingredients: Instructions:


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Episode 225 ”How much to tip?”

Today in our latest episode William Stringer and Chef Jonathan Frazier, dive deep into the world of restaurant tipping. Join us as we unravel the history, dos and don'ts, and the intriguing reasons behind the increasing percentages. From calculating the perfect tip to exploring global tipping customs, we serve up a delectable discussion on this often overlooked aspect of dining etiquette. Whether you're a seasoned diner or a culinary enthusiast, our podcast provides insights that will leave you tipping with confidence. Tune in and let us savour the nuances of tipping in restaurants! Also this great recipe. Sautéed Kale with Chorizo Recipe: Ingredients: ● 1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped ● 1/2 lb (about 225g) chorizo sausage, sliced ●● 1 onion, finely chopped ● 2 cloves garlic, minced ● 1 tablespoon olive oil ● Salt and pepper to taste ● Red pepper flakes (optional, for some heat) ● Lemon wedges for serving Instructions: Prepare the Kale: ● Wash the kale thoroughly and remove the tough stems. Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Cook Chorizo: ● In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced chorizo and cook until it starts to brown and releases its flavorful oils. Sauté Onion and Garlic: ● Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook until it becomes translucent. Add minced garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add Kale: ● Add the chopped kale to the skillet in batches if necessary, allowing it to wilt down. Stir frequently to coat the kale in the flavorful chorizo and onion mixture. Cook until the kale is tender but still vibrant green. Season: ● Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if you want some heat. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Serve: ● Remove the skillet from heat and serve the sautéed kale and chorizo hot. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top for a burst of brightness. Optional Additions: ● You can customize this dish by adding other ingredients like, Mushroomscherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or cannellini beans for extra flavor and texture.


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Episode 224” What is on the Menu?

William Stringer, a seasoned food critic, and Chef Jonathan, an acclaimed culinary expert, engaged in a lively conversation about menus. They delved into the intricacies of this essential restaurant element. Chef Jonathan explained the significance of a menu as a reflection of a restaurant's identity, showcasing its culinary expertise. They discussed various menu types, from à la carte to prix fixe, emphasizing how each caters to different dining preferences and occasions, ultimately shaping the dining experience. Feta fried eggs are a delicious and simple dish to make. Here's Williams basic recipe to get you started: Ingredients: Instructions:


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Episode 223 ”Celebrating 60 years of the Canadian Culinary Association”

Better late than never. In this exciting podcast episode, Chef Jonathan and his partner Erin embark on a culinary adventure to the breathtaking Niagara Falls for the 60th Annual Culinary Federation National Conference. As they journey to this picturesque destination, they encounter not only culinary delights but also the natural beauty of the falls. William, the inquisitive podcast host, poses the question of adventure, prompting discussions on the thrill of exploration and the culinary treasures they discover along the way. Listeners are treated to a sensory experience as the duo describes their encounters with exciting cuisine, their vibrant food community, and the mesmerizing landscapes that make this trip a memorable adventure.


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Episode 222 ”The easy way to get fresh food CSA”

CSA's (community supported agriculture) or just 'farm boxes' are a great way to help your local farmers and yourself, with the freshest local produce available. This week Jon and William welcome Arzeena from Amara Farms back to the show and Courtney from Peas and Love Produce. We discuss how you can get involved with your local Comox Valley farm, how it's done and what to expect!


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Episode 221” Cooking tips with Jonathan and William”

In this wisdom packed episode Jon and William use the world famous spinning wheel to impart simple tips that you can use right now, to up your cooking game and bring flavours to your food!


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Episode 220 ”Talking about a Culinary Club”

This episode is about 2 things, LOVE and HEROS. This week we welcome back Lesley from the North Vancouver Island Chefs Association to catch up with Culinary Club all star Tammy Williamson. Little does she know Lesley has a little surprise for her!


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Episode 219”Good Earth Farm, learning about seeds”

This week we go to the very origins of farming in the Comox Valley, we talk about seeds! Good Earth Farms Seeds based out of Black Creek take things back to basics with a non-nonsense approach to farming and growing a truly local product. Join us, as we explore our Edible Valley!


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Episode 218 “North Vancouver Island Culinary Association”

Lesley Stav is the President of an organisation that provides leadership, education and certification on North Vancouver Island. Their work runs through every aspect of the Comox Valley‘s food scene, often behind the scenes and and unsung , this week we shine a light on the North Vancouver Island Chefs Association.


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Episode 217 ” Niji”

Niji is one to watch, with two sold out restaurant takeovers so far and a permanent location on the way, Niji is a Comox Valley institution in the making. In this episode we meet the owners and discover their journey so far, and where they are headed!.


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Episode 216 ”Taking the right path, Where to cook?”

LOVE to cook but don't know then right career path to take? In part 1 of this 2 part episode we discuss the miriad of job opportunities for a cook or chef in the hospitality sector. *spoiler alert* there are a lot!! Join us as we explore our Edible Valley.


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Episode 215 ”The Next Chapter”

We are back! In this ‘3-3-1’ episode, your ‘3’ presenters Jonathan, Darren and William are back together! We also have 3 great guests, and 1 HUGE suprise! Join us for one episode of the Edible Valley Podcast you cant afford to miss! Locals at the Old House stays Local When Chef Ronald and Tricia St Pierre started Locals 13 years ago, they set out to create a restaurant that highlighted the range and depth of amazing foods grown and produced in the Comox Valley, sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Within a scant few years, the restaurant was so successful, that they needed to find a larger location. Serendipity stepped in, as the very restaurant that Chef Ronald established his esteemed reputation in, ‘The Old House’, had come available. Since then, the restaurant has been cemented as the Heart of Vancouver Island. Chef Jonathan, Darren, Sean and Erin all grew up in this community, and the North Island, and all have strong backgrounds in food and hospitality. Aside from being a celebrated Chef of the Comox Valley for over 20 years, Jonathan started the Edible Valley podcast 10 years ago to get to the heart of the food he was featuring in all of his dishes, and the people behind that food. Darren quickly joined with his perspective as a hospitality-centered entrepreneur. Between the two of them, they have run, operated, and owned many key Comox Valley hospitality and food based establishments. Sean made his mark in Vancouver Island hospitality by running the largest dining and entertainment venue in Victoria, and other successful restaurants for nearly a decade. His wife and partner is a Marketing, branding, and design professional, with experience in both in the public and private sectors – including hospitality. All 4 are eager to ply their trades and talents to further Locals’ reach. With a love of the menu, the atmosphere, and the culture, the new owners have no intent of changing anything, except to present the best and most polished version of Locals that it can be. A touch of modernization, a little experimentation, the introduction of a Market Sheet – featuring new items that highlight the best of what is available a la minute, Local’s will be the same but better. They wish Ronald and Tricia all the best in their retirement – although they won’t be straying too far, as they are making themselves available to mentor the crew where required. They invite you down to the restaurant to meet them yourself – or make a reservation today at 250-338-6493


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Episode 214 ” History of Restaurants”

Restaurants are the places that we spend some greatest moments of our lives, birthdays, graduations, or our weekly get together with friends. They have seemingly always been there to ensure the important moments in our lives are celebrated and enjoyed without having to do the dishes! In this show Jon, Darren and William discuss how restaurants came to be and where they are headed. Join us for another episode of the Edible Valley Podcast!


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Episode 213 ” Wedding Planing and Hiring a Caterer”

Williams getting married! The perfect time to talk about the unbelievably large list of food related tasks that need to get done; from questions to ask the caterer, to steps you can take to minimise things going wrong. Its time to put your dancing shoes on as we jive into the world of wedding food!