A Trailman crabapple tree is a bountiful producer of versatile tart, juicy apples.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Bountiful harvest can be put to delicious use

About 25 years ago, we planted three apple trees in our yard. Two were affected by fire blight, but the remaining tree has more than made up for their loss. The bountiful producer is a Trailman crabapple. It also has the advantage of receiving plenty of water from one of our eavestrough downspouts. The round […] Read more

My grandmother’s little black cast-iron frying pan is part of my memory of her delicious, buttery scrambled eggs.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Old family favourites can make for special to-go recipes

I have fond taste memories of my grandmother’s scrambled eggs. As a child, when I stayed at her house for a night she would make me the most delicious breakfast scrambled eggs in a little, cast-iron frying pan on her coal and wood stove. As an adult, I could never seem to duplicate her delicious […] Read more

The round popsicles are started with a layer of apple juice before blended strawberries and blended bananas are added. They are finished with blended strawberries. The rectangular popsicles are blended strawberries and then a blended kiwi layer.  | Leanne Deobald photo

Cool treats make it easier to enjoy hot summer days

On hot summer days a large quantity of liquid is needed to keep hydrated. Frozen treats are a fun way to add cool fluids. By making your own freezer treats you can control the amount of sugar they contain and the kids can have fun helping to make these cool mixtures that the whole family […] Read more


Chocolate and fresh fruit for dipping are made for leisurely evening conversation on the back deck.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

These campfire treats can be made on the barbecue

If visions of sitting around a campfire enjoying roasted marshmallows made into s’mores, jam-filled doughboys or baked cinnamon apples are dancing in your head, dream on because these treats can be created on the barbecue and enjoyed on the deck. BBQ chocolate fondue A fondue is always fun, but sitting outside enjoying fresh fruit dipped […] Read more

A refreshing peach mango smoothie is best served cold for breakfast or on a hot summer afternoon. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Mangos can add colour and fragrance to seasonal fruit

Mangos are grown in tropical climates and imported to Canada. They are readily available from May to September, which allows them to be incorporated into spring and summer menus and paired with locally grown fruit and vegetables to add a bright orange colour, a sweet-tart flavour and exotic fragrance. Depending on the variety, mangos’ skin […] Read more


The sauce with this pork tenderloin is also excellent on other cuts of meat or vegetables. The duchess potatoes can be seen on the side. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

These special recipes help create a celebration for Mom

For those looking for recipes to impress Mom for Mother’s Day, pork tenderloin with Dijon Marsala sauce is a good option for its five-star restaurant flavour. Add duchess potatoes, a marinated salad, steamed broccoli or spring asparagus and a chocolate cookie for dessert. All can be completely or partially prepared ahead of time. Pork tenderloin […] Read more

Children who learn to cook will eat better as adults

Learning to prepare food and cook are life skills we all need. Developing these skills early in life will encourage children to make healthy food choices and increase their confidence in preparing meals for themselves and others during their entire life. Many food preparation skills build on and encourage math, reading, organizational and mechanical skills. […] Read more

Turn coloured Easter eggs into cute and delicious stuffed chick eggs. ABOVE AND RIGHT: Bacon and egg deviled eggs and California deviled eggs are alternative fillings for the stuffed “chick” eggs.    |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

It’s all about the eggs when following Easter traditions

Easter and hard-boiled, coloured eggs are a tradition in many homes. Making the perfect hard-cooked egg, which is tender with a bright yellow yolk, is easy with the correct cooking procedure. Making the perfect hard-boiled egg starts with older eggs because fresh eggs are harder to peel. Begin by placing the eggs in a single […] Read more


 A reader was looking for a black bean and rice recipe like she ate while visiting Cuba.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Readers requested recipes — and we delivered

Cuban black beans and rice Mary Hoge of Granum, Alta., was looking for a recipe for black beans and rice like they had enjoyed in Cuba. Serves eight. 2 c. dried black beans, well rinsed 500 mL 6 c. water 1.5 L 6 slices of thick bacon,diced 1 green bell pepper,chopped 1 red bell pepper,chopped […] Read more

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How to avoid being a victim of scammers

Fraud and marketing scams result in the loss of millions of dollars every year by Canadians. Being aware of the different types of fraud and the myths that might allow fraudsters to gain your trust will protect you and your family from becoming victims. Many Canadians fall victim to crimes of fraud, regardless of education, […] Read more