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Happy Gourmand

Celebrating foods on special days of the year

Celebrating foods on special days of the year

Jan 21, 2023 / 4:00 am

Did you celebrate World Pizza Day (Jan.17) or National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19)? We eat traditional foods on holidays like Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadan, etc., but...

Eat your way through winter—wisely

Eat your way through winter—wisely

Jan 14, 2023 / 4:00 am

Here we are, in the dead of winter. Many of us are trying to get back up to speed and maybe recover from the indulgences of the holiday season. New Year’s...

The other 50 shades of grey

The other 50 shades of grey

Jan 7, 2023 / 4:00 am

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 those bleak grey winter...

Find luck and good fortune in the new year

Find luck and good fortune in the new year

Dec 31, 2022 / 4:00 am

Will you be singing Auld Lang Syne at a New Year’s party? Do you make resolutions? Maybe you follow a few habits to encourage good fortune and luck when...

Good food versus good for you

Good food versus good for you

Dec 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

This time of year, it can be easy to succumb to the stress of how to stay healthy at such an indulgent time of year. How can one possibly stay on track with...

Why Christmas dinner is crucial

Why Christmas dinner is crucial

Dec 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

This week, I have the pleasure of including some notes from my chef husband, The Chef In Stead. He has been cooking in people’s homes for the last 18...

Weird and wacky holiday drinks

Weird and wacky holiday drinks

Dec 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

Who remembers a punch bowl from Christmases past, or perhaps a round of rum and eggnog at the office party? Those were traditional holiday season beverages....

Never too old to believe in the spirit of Christmas

Never too old to believe in the spirit of Christmas

Dec 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

It’s the time of year when almost everyone wants to feel not just good, but full of cheer. I don’t mean the kind of cheer that is in the punch bowl...

The secrets behind 'secret' family recipes

The secrets behind 'secret' family recipes

Nov 26, 2022 / 4:00 am

The holiday season is upon us. Are you ready? There was American Thanksgiving (on Thursday) and its groaning table of family favourite dishes, a plethora of...

A side dish can sidetrack a meal

A side dish can sidetrack a meal

Nov 19, 2022 / 4:00 am

American Thanksgiving is coming up, and with it is a plethora of suggestions all over food-related media about how to create the perfect meal. This classic...

Bringing Remembrance Day awareness with food

Bringing Remembrance Day awareness with food

Nov 12, 2022 / 4:00 am

On Friday, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we were asked to remember those who served our country, past and present. We do this...

Being a gourmand isn't a trend, it's lifestyle

Being a gourmand isn't a trend, it's lifestyle

Nov 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

Hi, my name is Kristin. I’m a foodie. (At least that’s the term that is used.) Does it sound like I’m obsessed? I am. I freely admit it....

The sweet side of scary Halloween

The sweet side of scary Halloween

Oct 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

When I was little, many decades ago, Hallowe’en was an important day. It was a chance to break the rules, stay out late, collect a hoard of candy and eat...

From the beginning of time, apples have played a part in our history

From the beginning of time, apples have played a part in our history

Oct 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

How many expressions do you know that use apples? Do you know how many different symbols apples have represented throughout history? Never fear, gentle reader,...

The light within this season

The light within this season

Oct 15, 2022 / 4:00 am

The last week or so, my walks with our dog, Freyja, in the morning have been an ethereal experience. The sun rises later now, which means we are often out just...

The secret to living is giving (thanks)

The secret to living is giving (thanks)

Oct 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. I looked up the history of the holiday here, to see the difference between it and the more famous and grandiose American...

Have you ever had ‘Pork Jam’?

Have you ever had ‘Pork Jam’?

Oct 1, 2022 / 4:33 am

Earlier this week, I made fruit crisp with plums. I have made Plum Torte for teatime (recipe link:...

Pears, plums and pumpkins: A taste of fall

Pears, plums and pumpkins: A taste of fall

Sep 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

Am I the only one who has a tough time making the transition when we wake up to autumn? I love fall colours and flavours, but I always feel a jolt when Nature...

Travelling the world for rare foods

Travelling the world for rare foods

Sep 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

We have friends who are currently walking the Camino del Norte in Spain. Many people do the pilgrimages in that part of the world, walking a path that has been...

Finding your own taste of the mind

Finding your own taste of the mind

Sep 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

In French there is a term “terroir." It means “a sense of place." You may have heard it when people talk of wine, or food. Terroir is the...

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