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Happy Gourmand

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...

Old dogs, new biscuits?

Aug 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

Can you teach an old dog to like a new biscuit? I saw an article this week revealing the release of a new version of an old classic, and I was conflicted. I...

Gad-zukes!

Jul 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

As I sat on the deck the other night savouring another hot summer evening, I reflected on the high points of the summer so far. This year has been bit a shorter...

Summer's a magical season

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

Summer is all about simple pleasure and new adventures. Winter is more about routine and the comfort of everyday life, and spring and fall are about the...

Here's to good taste

Jul 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

I know I am going to sound like a nostalgic, old fuddy-duddy this week, but if you will indulge me a little, I think I can bring you around to a pertinent point...

Dog days of summer

Jul 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

The hottest days of summer are often referred to as the dog days because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year. It is the...

I am Canadian, and happy

Jul 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Canadians are sometimes perceived by outsiders as almost-like Americans, but living in a colder climate with a funny accent. What is it to be Canadian? Thanks,...

Are we there yet?

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

It seems we were all waiting with bated breath for summer to begin this year. Spring was a slow and poignant thing, and not the luxurious beginning to a...

Cool dads like it really hot

Jun 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. In this part of the world anyway, dads are generally the ones...

Eating at summer camp

Jun 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

Soon, the regular daily routine will go out the window as we head into summer. Kids will be out of school so there are no more bag lunches or after-school...

The wisdom of Pooh

Jun 3, 2017 / 6:00 am

Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until...

Salad by any other name...

May 27, 2017 / 6:00 am

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

Female energy of spring

May 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

May is a month for matriarchs, it seems. Mothers' Day was May 14 in Canada and this weekend we celebrate Victoria Day (Queen Victoria's birthday). In...

Getting down and dirty

May 6, 2017 / 6:00 am

They say April showers bring May flowers. In the Okanagan this year, we are all hoping very strongly for that to happen, since we are feeling a bit waterlogged....

Sweet story about Betty

Apr 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

Did Betty Crocker ever really bake a cake? My mom sent me an interesting article on Duncan Hines this week – the real fellow, not just the cake mixes. Did...

Eat dirt on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

The news is full of items on all the trends about food and eating – Slow Food, the Food Revolution, the 100 Mile Diet – but does any of it really...

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