Happy Gourmand

What's in your fridge?

Mar 30, 2019 / 6:00 am

In the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I’d dedicate a column to those ubiquitous jars that line our fridge doors. As a foodie, I will humbly admit I...

A burger to die for

Mar 23, 2019 / 6:00 am

It’s not all about the pickle, but it helps When I was little, my dad used to say that there was nothing that tasted like a homemade burger. Since spring...

Fling yourself into spring

Mar 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

I don’t want to jinx the positive trend we seem to be experiencing, but it seems like we may have gotten through the worst of it. Spring is just around...

Good and bad go together

Mar 9, 2019 / 6:00 am

One year of my university education occurred in France, and, as you might expect, the culture was a bit of a distraction. My professors taught me language and...

Don't get fat on Tuesday

Mar 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

Did you know Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday? Yup, the name is straight-forward; the day before Ash Wednesday is traditionally the last day to binge on all the...

In like a lion

Feb 23, 2019 / 8:47 am

It seems colder and darker on a gloomy day in February than any other time of year. Perhaps that is why we try so hard with food-driven holidays to cheer...

Salad bars tell who we are

Feb 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

Have you ever done one of those online personality quizzes? Very quickly you discover that seemingly random choices you make can tell a lot about your...

Will you follow food guide?

Jan 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

We joke about what they are in many contexts, but the four food groups were a part of my childhood education. Now, suddenly, there is no more food pyramid, no...

The world in one dish

Jan 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

A one-pot meal is the poster child of easy cooking. Today, it’s all about the spiffy Instant Pot, or if you didn’t get one of those for Christmas...

Office eating etiquette

Jan 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

When you were little, your parents probably told you about: not putting your elbows on the table excusing yourself if you burp not slurping your soup other...

Are you a trendy eater?

Jan 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

In our never-ending quest to belong, we are constantly checking our status to see where we sit in popularity charts. How many friends do you have on Facebook?...

A not-so-instant pot

Dec 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

I wonder what you got up to as the New Year approached. Did you catch up on some reading, or binge-watch a new favourite TV show? Perhaps you were energetic and...

What's on your Yule table?

Dec 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Christmas dinner seems to epitomize the whole festive season: the food and drink all wrapped in tradition, and best...

The gift of food

Dec 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

At our house, the practice of sharing food is a year long occurrence. At Christmas time, even people who aren’t obsessed with food enjoy opening their...

Getting in the spirit

Dec 8, 2018 / 6:17 am

Everyone loves to visit during the holiday season, and many people have friends and family who come from far away. It’s lovely to hang around the house in...

Traditions can be stressful

Dec 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

Well, we’re in it now. You might have been resisting - maybe you’re not a fan - but the holiday season is in full swing and the countdown is on. So...

Cold and flu remedies

Nov 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Tis the season; almost everyone is sniffling, coughing or moaning about feeling “flu-ish.” I know you’ve heard the ancient litanies before: ...

Food with a pseudonym

Nov 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

William Shakespeare, or rather, Juliet, said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Juliet was speaking of family names, saying that it...

Rations and bread crusts

Nov 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Rations, care packages and bread crusts I suppose at first glance that title might not seem like a logical bunch of stuff. But since I have your attention, let...

Changing my gears

Nov 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

I have now unpacked my wool sweaters and long pants and tucked away the flip flops and flimsy sun dresses. The tender plants in the garden have been brought in...