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

National Jam Buster Day?

Jun 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was thinking about Canada Day coming up, and celebrating our culture, and it occurred to me that there are lots of food days for celebrating too. (Did you know that there is a Tapioca Day, Bologna Day and even Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbour’s Porch N

Make List. Do. Repeat

Jun 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

  Photo: Contributed So many things to do, all summer to do them Life is busy. We all complain about not having enough time to do the things we want. How do we fix that? It’s like the Nike folks said, “Just do it.” This week, I am urging you, make time to e

Cooking for dad

Jun 11, 2016 / 7:00 am

Photo: Contributed Father's Day is fast approaching, and they say that the fastest way to a man's heart is through his tummy, so cooking seems like a good idea, don't you think? What does your dad like to eat? Does he like to cook? Taking mom for brunch or for dinner on Mot

A recipe for friendship

Jun 4, 2016 / 8:00 am

Photo: Contributed I am off to Vancouver this week to see a friend who lives across the world. We've been friends since I was 19 years old. I am a godmother to her daughter; she and her daughter were in my bridal party.  Martin cooked some of the food for her 25th wedding anni

Gizmos, gadgets for foodies

May 29, 2016 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed It never ceases to amaze me how many things can be invented that claim to make our lives easier. The plethora of gadgets you can own is only limited by the space you have. You might never have made smoothies before, but that doesn't mean you don't need a

Rainy day eats and treats

May 21, 2016 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise What is it about the Victoria Day long weekend?! Every year we all get excited, planning a day in the garden or out on the boat, a big camping trip or a family BBQ... and what happens? The clouds roll in, the wind blows and the rain starts. What a bummer,

Planting & eating a rainbow

May 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed If you are like me, this time of year you have an uncontrollable urge to have things growing at your house. We have all kinds of garden space and a little greenhouse so I could be called a bit obsessive about my green hobby, but even if you only plant a few boxes or con