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Happy Gourmand

Winter foodie survival tips

Dec 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

The thermometer is telling us we are in the dead of winter. Perhaps it was the void created after the decadence of Christmas, or maybe it was the...

Breaking bread

Dec 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

I have a new project in the kitchen. I always find that winter is a good time to experiment with my cooking and expand my skills. I am not as busy with work,...

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Dec 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Now that the winds have cooled to icy temperatures and there is snow on the hills, it seems acceptable to speak of Christmas and all its preparations. I know...

Round Table discussion

Dec 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

The news can contain all manner of depressing and discouraging items. I am proud to be discussing a topic as straightforward as food and eating. The simple...

A virtually perfect world

Dec 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

I’ve been hearing a lot about bitcoin lately. I am an old school girl, so the notion of virtual currency that exists only online and can’t be used...

A side of guilt with that?

Nov 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…. Where does it end? Why do we have to be reminded constantly about what we should be doing? With the American...

Did you eat your crusts?

Nov 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, if I pushed my food around and didn’t eat it, my parents used to tell me that there were children starving in Africa and I should be...

Good food brings happiness

Nov 11, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Winter is here. All of a sudden, we left the picturesque beauty of fall with its rainbow of colours and we were sucked into a grey vortex of snow and darkness....

Keep home fires burning

Nov 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

This time of year is one of reflection for many; as Mother Nature turns herself inward, making the plants go dormant and the days go shorter, so we look inward...

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Oct 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Growing up, I never thought I would get to live next to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Imagine my delight the first year I watched the pumpkins grow and change colour...

The taste of friendship

Oct 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I'm catching up with a girlfriend in Calgary this weekend and one of the things I always enjoy is the food and drink we share. It's just another part of...

Howling at the moon

Oct 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Coyotes and wolves have howled when the moon is out since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Hecate and Diana, goddesses of the moon, hung out with wild dogs in the...

Why did the chicken...?

Oct 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

We just returned from a trip with our camper trailer, touring the interior of the Western States. It was a mostly remote trip, sprinkled with doses of...

Fall's flying fairies

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

It’s official – fall is here. I have gotten over the initial shock of the seasons changing, and now I am working to soak in the magic of autumn. I...

The taste of melancholy

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

The days are still sunny – thankfully, we even have blue skies – and wearing shorts and T-shirts is still not out of the question, but fall is...

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we put them in the fridge use they sometimes disappear into the nether regions and...

Six of one, half dozen of

Sep 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Every once in a while someone will look at me funny. First, I wonder if I have something on my shirt or a cowlick in my hair, but then I realize it’s...

Peachy keen

Aug 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

I am not ready to write about back-to-school routines and cooler mornings, so let’s just carry on with summery thoughts and focus on the sunshine and the...

Fun foods from A to Z

Aug 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

I have been reading a book by one of my favourite authors, and it inspired me to think of this week’s column. I love being a foodie these days, as it has...

Branded-food nostalgia

Aug 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

When I was a kid, there were lots of foods that you couldn’t get everywhere. I am not just talking about persimmons and star fruit; there were famous...

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