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As Canadian as...

Jun 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Sitting on the edge of summer with our national day of pride upon us, I am reminded of that phrase our neighbours to the south use: “As American as hot dogs and apple pie”. It doesn’t sound like much of a meal, and I am not sure where they cornered the

Daddy's princess

Jun 20, 2015 / 5:00 am

Isn't it funny how Mother's Day and Father's Day differ? Everyone seems to think that Mother's Day is about paying Mom back for all the hard work she does, almost a guilt trip as often she is doing more than her share for the whole family. But Dad's Day is a quieter affair; get h

Here comes the sun

Jun 13, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com I was very touched this week, feeling the power of Mother Nature in those times it can make us seem small and insignificant. It happened a few times; once I was left feeling overwhelmed with joy at being able to experience life, another time I felt helpless and asham

Food trivia tidbits

Jun 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Thinkstock.com This week my brain is mush, what with the start of the busy summer season and a ridiculous summer cold that I really don't need :) So, I'm regaling you with some water cooler talk, tidbits you can share around the dinner table that will amaze your guests with

Time for dandelions

May 30, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Phew, I feel better. I was beginning to despair that I would not be enjoying summer enough with all the work we have. But then, for the first time this year I sat outside after work just a short while ago, with my feet propped up and a beverage in my hand, enjoying the

Mediterranean Quinoa

May 28, 2015 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Ingredients: 1 cup cooked quinoa 2 cups kale, chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can artichoke hearts, drained 1 chicken breast, diced Half a pepper (any color you like) Half of a zucchini 1/2 cup large onion, diced 8 cloves of garlic, minced 1 cup p

Eat your crusts!

May 23, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you remember hearing your parents say that when you were young? The rest of the comment was usually reinforced with the fact that there were children starving in Africa. Guess what? There are still children starving in Africa (as well as many other places) and there

Ready, set...go summer!

May 16, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid I dreaded the May long weekend. It was the time when my mom planted the back yard and vegetable gardens, and my dad made sure the lawn was mowed, and the garage got cleaned up for summer use... it was a weekend for chores. We didn't have a pool or a

Give Mom a break

May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed It's that time of year again when we are all supposed to give Mom a break. Cook a meal, clean the house, walk the dog ... Pitch in a bit extra as a way of saying thank you for all she does. Perhaps too Mother's Day is a chance for the rest of us to walk a mile i

How To Make Hot Sauce

May 4, 2015 / 3:17 pm

Chargrilled tomatoes and fiery red peppers are blended with onions, garlic and lime to create a  sauce that's the perfect accompaniment to meat and fish dishes.

May Day! May Day!

May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed May 1st has long been known as a day of celebration throughout much of Europe. “May Day” as it is sometimes called, represents the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. In ancient times it was known as the first day of summer, the fest

Salmon with Anchovy Butter

Apr 29, 2015 / 11:48 am

Melissa Clark makes salmon with a double application of anchovy butter.

A break, for hot or cold

Apr 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Perhaps it is those ever-cool spring mornings, or my love for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee lately. With my ever-curious brain and its search for more trivia, that led me to thinking about the whole psychology that goes with our coffee culture, and why a simple b

Copycat KFC Fried Chicken

Apr 23, 2015 / 2:31 pm

Check out this homemade KFC fried chicken recipe - finger licking good! 

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

Apr 20, 2015 / 11:22 pm

Never buy peanut butter again with this easy wok fried recipe.

Noodle Soup

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:42 pm

Here's a simple guide to a delicious Japanese noodle soup with spring onions, shitaki mushrooms and fresh ginger, all topped with a poached egg. Absolutely mouthwatering, and so simple to do at home in under 10 minutes.

Roast beef sandwich

Apr 20, 2015 / 2:53 pm

Melissa Clark seasons a top loin with salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary before roasting to create the beginning of the perfect cold sandwich.

The Best Cauliflower Cheese

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:59 pm

Jamie Oliver champions frozen veg in this classic cauliflower cheese recipe. Tender cauliflower florets in a broccoli and cheese sauce topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. A delicious dish that’s simple to make and half the price of the fresh version.

Salt of the earth

Apr 18, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was reminded recently while talking at the water cooler that the simplest things in life can often be the most important. I am not talking of saving the world with a new message for peace; I am speaking of seasoning your food with salt. (Okay, pepper is good too.) Ple

Celebrate food!

Apr 11, 2015 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Okay, we did just experience one of the most important times of the year, which involves quality time with friends and loved ones around the dining table, so I suppose you don't need an excuse to celebrate food again this soon after indulging. But come on, who doesn
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