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Summer issue teaser

A teaser of what’s coming up in our summer magazine: southern barbecue recipes, fresh strawberry pies, inspired patio décor.

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It’s been a crazy week in the office where I’m working on the finishing touches for our new summer issue.

I thought it would be fun to show off a few photos from the new magazine, which will be hitting newsstands on June 12.

We held a photo shoot last summer in and around Grande Pré, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, for a food feature on strawberries. James Ingram took beauty shots of Ellen Kennie’s incredible pies at the Evangeline Inn Motel. After that, we headed over to Lindsay Rand’s strawberry field in nearby Pereau for some dazzling location shots.

Looking over the contact sheets from the shoot this week, I found it next to impossible narrowing down the list and picking the best shots for the magazine layout. So, stay tuned for more galleries from the shoot on our Facebook and Flickr pages. And in case you missed it, check out our Facebook album for more shots of the incredible Valley scenery.

Our second photo shoot happened last month at Aaron Legge’s home in Dartmouth, N.S. He’s a home smoking guru and was the perfect source for our story written by Simon Thibault about home smoking and southern-inspired barbecue recipes. You can check out Aaron’s blog for more details about the shoot and read Simon’s recent blog post on The Dish for more behind-the-scenes photos (the photos here are from photographer Dennis Evans). Simon’s story also features recipes from New Brunswick chef, Jesse Vergen. Jesse smokes meat and other ingredients (sometimes whole pigs) on his farm in Quispamsis (I’d love to try his recipe for cold-smoked herring–watch for it in the magazine).

Keeping the summer theme flowing, my intern Monica Riehl contributed a story on outdoor decorating ideas. There’s so many incredible furniture and accessory ideas out right now and Monica presented her top picks for the season. I love these fun paper lanterns from Pier 1.

Stay tuned for more updates next week with shots of the two extraordinary homes we’ll be featuring in the magazine.

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