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Our winter issue launches next week

In this issue we visit a family-made home, help curate your art collection, and talk chowder

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Gardening guru and author Niki Jabbour shows us how simple structures you can build yourself will extend your harvest and keep your vegetable garden growing through the coldest months of the year. Photo by Joseph De Sciose

It’s nippy outside and the holidays are coming, which means it’s time for the winter issue of East Coast Living.

In this issue, we visit a home with a magnificent waterfront view in rural Antigonish, N.S. Engineer Ernie Porter and wife Jane wanted to create a home their grown children would feel a call to return to every year, so they asked them to help build it.

I visited the Porters during a party to celebrate their new home with family, friends, and some of the people who helped build it. Everyone I spoke to had to take me to one end of the house or the other to show me their favourite part, from the exacting cuts joining the wooden ceiling beams or the kitchen island layout that encourages get-togethers without crowding the cook.

The Potters’ pride in their home is evident when they talk about the project, but Ernie admits he wasn’t always convinced building a house with his family would work. “I knew my kids were capable of being great helpers, but I wasn’t certain the emotional part would actually turn on,” he says. “We were probably into the master bedroom and I looked out from my back hoe and my boys are taking pictures of the house and typing. And it’s like, OK, they’re proud of what they’re doing and sharing it with their friends.”

Photo by Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

 

In “The List,” we’ll share tips on curating your home art collection from Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s, N.L.; Visual Arts Nova Scotia; and artist Cathy Driedzic.

“Quick fix” focuses on how to make your bedroom a cozy, winter sanctuary with advice from Damien Morris Designs in Charlottetown and Decorating Den in St. John’s, N.L.

We’ll warm up your winter with chowder, and explore the diverse array of ingredients chefs and home cooks across our region use in chowder. Chef Stephanie Ogilvie, from The Black Sheep Restaurant in Halifax, and chef Mark Gabrieau from Gabrieau’s Bistro in Antigonish, N.S. share recipes from their kitchens, and Alaine Bossé, The Kilted Chef, shares two recipes from his new book The Acadian Kitchen: Recipes from Then to Now.

Photo by Perry Jackson, from the book The Acadian Kitchen: Recipes from Then to Now

You’ll also find a primer on icewine, ideas to extend your food garden season through winter, and more to keep you inspired through the new year. Watch for it on newsstands and in your mailboxes next week. Better yet, make sure you never miss an issue with a print or iPad subscription.

And don’t miss your chance to win a one year subscription to East Coast Living and share your favourite holiday-baking recipe with our readers. Enter here.

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