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Tasting old memories

Dec 3, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With the snow on the ground, it really feels like Christmas is coming, so I peeked at old food magazines to see what might inspire me for a column.  Nothing fuels the festive spirit like visions of homemade cookies.   As I looked through the mo

You can make a difference

Nov 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm

  Photo: Contributed Well, the holiday season is upon us.  With the passing of American Thanksgiving, we are officially in the thick of it — decorations and music everywhere you go, treats tempting you at every turn, and reasons offered on all media for spending

The night jingle music died

Nov 19, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid, eating was different. Food was sometimes fun, and other times, it had a certain reverence. More things were exotic, because the world wasn't as small as it is now; you couldn't get everything everywhere all the time. The biggest diff

Let them eat cake

Nov 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed My birthday is this week, and it made me think about the traditions we have surrounding the day. I looked into the range of traditions around the world. It seems logical to celebrate another year of existence, but I had no idea there were so many ways to do it. 

Pleasure principle gone wild

Nov 5, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I have always admired opulence. I never wanted to have it on a constant basis, but the possibility of it was always exciting. Even as a teenager in a world before the Internet, I would enjoy worldly pleasures such as those found in the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog

Another 50 Shades of Grey

Oct 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The other 50 shades of grey That got your attention, didn't it? But this is a family column, so I'm not going to get all kinky. I just wanted to talk about the striking beauty of late fall, and the way the colours of nature can transform a day. One moment

KGH makes scary decision

Oct 22, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I’ve written every year about Halloween, what with it being a day that involves some unique foods, and a celebration – right up my alley. All of it has been done in the spirit of fun, as Halloween is meant to be interpreted in our part of the world. It&rs

Stocking up for winter

Oct 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Now that the weather has turned colder and greyer, I think we need to cheer things up inside. What better way to do that than preparing some homespun goodies? I’m going to supply you with a few fun recipes for food you can pull out later to bring back some

Fairy-tale season

Oct 8, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Autumn must be the season when fairy tales take place, as there is something other-worldly about the light and the smell in the air at this time of year. I'm an ardent fan of summer and its comfortable heat, and I also enjoy the clean, majestic look of a winter l

Do you fancy farm-to-fork?

Oct 1, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed As the harvest comes in, events celebrating the bounty are in abundance. We have had the pleasure of attending stellar events in the past, and this year was no exception. Before the Fall Wine Fest started, we were treated to a beautiful wine paired dinner featurin

Fave thingamajigs

Sep 24, 2016 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed My favourite thingamajigs and doohickeys Every hobby has its tools. Sports all have equipment of some sort, musicians have instruments, gardeners have trowels, and so on. There are also all the gizmos and gadgets that you can add to your repertoire. Some are just

Know thy food

Sep 10, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed You might think I am espousing the idea of introducing yourself to the vegetables in the supermarket (“How do you do, Mr. Potato Head, my name is Kristin”). I'm not crazy. I will introduce you to someone who is doing the same thing, mostly for kids. A

A bite of nostalgia

Sep 3, 2016 / 3:00 pm

I Photo: Contributed Isn't it funny how the taste of something can transport you back in time to a particular place, a definite memory? Just like a song can make you remember a time In your life, a taste can pinpoint an experience, too. Once in a while, it's not a good

An appetite for life

Aug 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed My best friend has an insatiable appetite; she loves to eat. She is never afraid of not looking good or not fitting into her clothes. She exercises regularly and most of what she eats is healthy, organic food.  I am inspired by her every day. Her gusto f

A rainbow of vegetables

Aug 20, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was in the garden this week when a thought sprouted and grew. I was searching for cucumbers and zucchinis, when it occurred to me: we have seen square watermelons and squashes with faces, but when is someone going to come up with vegetables that are practical?

I scream, you scream....

Aug 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed What does your ice cream say about you? Have you ever been asked that all-important question? You know, the one that divides us into two camps? Everyone has a clear position in this debate: Are you a chocolate or a vanilla person? We defend our choice with a co

From dirt to dinner

Aug 6, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With agri-tourism, the opportunity to enjoy fresh food has expanded from the dinner table to the farm. The line of cars at the end of our road gets longer every year with people stopping to pick fruit off the trees. And it’s not enough to have a picnic, nu

A taste of America

Jul 31, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Last weekend was our change of scenery and pace; we drove down to Washington State. We had no real agenda aside from the fact that we wanted to attend a sock-hop dance in Wauconda, population a hand full, and then on to Winthrop for some blues music, population a few

Sock-hop memories

Jul 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We're off on our yearly trip to a sock hop and vintage car show in Washington. It's a taste of years gone by, back to even before what it was like when I was a kid. Martin and I are now recognized at the sock hop. The locals at first ju

Forbidden pleasure

Jul 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever had too much of a good thing? You know, when you overindulged or expected too much and someone inevitably tells you that’s what you’ve had, like an I-told-you-so comment? Well, this week, I was prepared to test that theory when our c
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