Happy Gourmand

A taste of America

Jul 31, 2016 / 12:00 pm

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 memories

Jul 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

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...

Forbidden pleasure

Jul 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

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...

National Jam Buster Day?

Jun 25, 2016 / 6:00 am

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...

Make List. Do. Repeat

Jun 18, 2016 / 7:00 am

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...

Cooking for dad

Jun 11, 2016 / 7:00 am

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...

A recipe for friendship

Jun 4, 2016 / 8:00 am

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;...

Gizmos, gadgets for foodies

May 29, 2016 / 4:00 am

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...

Rainy day eats and treats

May 21, 2016 / 6:00 am

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...

Planting & eating a rainbow

May 14, 2016 / 12:00 pm

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...

Running hot and cold

May 7, 2016 / 12:49 pm

Mmmmmm, coffee Perhaps it is my need to stay energetic in this busy early spring, but I have been thinking a lot lately about coffee. With my ever-curious brain...

The evolution of salad

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:00 am

Bountiful harvest As things heat up, I am encouraged to see the garden growing, and know that soon we will have our own veggies. Salad is a staple at our house...

Sticky fingers

Apr 23, 2016 / 7:00 am

Sticky fingers and dirty toes This weekend will mark the official beginning of the sunny season. The sunny season is more than spring, it runs into summer, it...

You can't get off

Apr 16, 2016 / 11:00 am

Ah, spring! Blossoms abound, and the buzzing of bees and twittering of birds are hard to ignore. It is a time when most of us feel happily connected to the...

Old fears, new tricks

Apr 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

I decided this year to conquer some of my old fears. At the grand old age of 50, it seemed I should be able to tick a few items off my bucket list, despite...

Watercooler talk

Apr 2, 2016 / 6:00 am

Need some fun and interesting anecdotes, experiments, and other silly trivia to add to your repertoire of good conversation starters in case you find yourself...

Warm fuzzies of spring

Mar 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Who doesn't like spring? Blossoms bring back the colour in the landscape, baby animals soften everyone's heart, longer days mean more light and more...

Food. It's a superhero thing

Mar 20, 2016 / 1:00 pm

We all want kids to be healthy, and part of that is making sure they eat their vegetables. Maybe pop culture can help us out. Kids love things that are popular...

Baby, it's a cold inside

Mar 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

A warm blanket, a cup of tea and chicken noodle soup I don't want to come across as self-indulgent this week, but I am in the throes of my yearly sinus...

Hungry. No idea

Mar 6, 2016 / 5:45 pm

Are you ever stuck in the ‘what to make for dinner’ dilemma? It seems to be the toughest part, if you are the cook in the family. By most...