Place cooked burgers in a flavourful barbecue sauce to keep them hot, juicy and ready to serve to hungry swimmers or fishermen at the cabin. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Easy meal ideas put more fun into summer at the lake

On the back deck or at the cabin, easy to prepare meals and treats are always welcome. Reader Alice Eagle of Lloydminster was looking for a barbecue sauce that can be put in a crockpot to keep a quantity of barbecued burgers hot and ready to serve. The following recipe is ideal. Bickleigh BBQ Burger […] Read more

Jackie Kellington puts two recipes in one dish to give more variety for her field meals. A large noodle acts as a divider in the middle of the pan. | Jackie Kellington photo

Readers share more tips on best ways to cook for a crew

Feeding a hungry crew who are working in the field takes imagination, ingenuity and determination to provide a variety of nutritious meals and snacks. TEAM Resources recently held a contest looking for readers’ ideas on how to keep a crew fed. Here are more of their entries. Erika Altwasser of Yellow Grass, Sask., shared that […] Read more

These “fall off the bone ribs” are cooked individually so the recipe can easily be sized down for serving one or two or increased for a larger group. Ribs could be an option for a send-to-the-field packed lunch. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Readers suggest recipes for feeding one, two or a crew

Our readers have shared many interesting recipes and helpful ideas for our Cooking for a Crew or One or Two Contest. Thank you for your enthusiastic response. The winner of our cookbook draw was Linda Lusk from Viking, Alta., who shared her seafood lasagna recipe. The basic recipe will feed six to eight but it […] Read more

A bird bath will be used by non-feeder species, such as ruby-crowned kinglets, as a source of drinking water. | Annie McLeod photo

Backyard bird feeding becomes welcome COVID respite

During the past year, working from home, home schooling and social isolation have all provided the time, reason and opportunity for watching and identifying the birds that visit and inhabit our yards, gardens and neighbourhoods. For those working from home, getting away from the phone and computer to gaze out the window or sit on […] Read more

Serve this Mediterranean bean salad with a hearty whole grain bread for a complete protein meal. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Complementary combinations create complete protein

The combination of wheat or rice with beans or lentils is referred to as complementary because they create a nutritionally complete protein. To explain this, consider that proteins are an essential part of every cell, tissue and fluid in our bodies. Proteins are made from amino acids, which can be thought of as building blocks. […] Read more

A soft-boiled egg with toast sliced like fingers is a quick way to serve an egg. It is easily digested for those who are convalescing from an illness. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Expanding your egg menu? There are plenty of options

Eggs are an amazing food. They are nutritious, easy to prepare, adaptable and essential in many recipes. They are an excellent source of complete protein and contain 14 important nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, folate, iron and zinc. A large egg contains about 6.5 grams of protein and being a complete protein means they […] Read more

This sheet chicken and roasted vegetables dish is easily adapted to feed one or two or easily increased to feed a large number. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Cooking for a crew can also be adapted for one and two

A crew can be a family or a group of farm workers. Most recipes can be divided by two or three to reduce the size to feed one or two people. Conversely, they can be multiplied two or more times to increase it for more people. What are your favourite recipes for feeding your crew? […] Read more

Sesame sauce and peanuts add a rich, nutty flavour to a noodle bowl of fresh chopped vegetables and chicken. The sesame sauce can also be used to marinate the chicken before stir-frying.  | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Asian noodle bowls can be light and filling comfort food

Noodle bowls and soups are traditional comfort foods in Asian cuisines. They are light and filling and can be creatively adapted for any diet and taste. These recipes are excellent for those seeking to eat fewer carbohydrates, especially breads, pasta, sweets and starchy vegetables, and more fresh vegetables and proteins, for weight loss or a […] Read more

Donna Okkema found “something to be enthusiastic about” during COVID by transforming an area full of dead trees into a lovely garden spot. | Donna Okkema photo

Readers share more thoughts on how to cope with COVID

Last fall, we asked readers to share how they are coping with COVID-19 and its effects. We received so many wonderful stories and ideas. In last week’s column we shared a few. To help you travel through these strange pandemic times we share a few more this week. Please go to to read more […] Read more

Whatever the season, all I need to do is look out my kitchen window or step out my back door, and beauty and wildlife are mine to enjoy. In summer I wake to a chorus of birdsong. Robins and chickadees, finches and nuthatches, woodpeckers and blue jays perch in the trees surrounding our farm home. They sing and chatter as they wait for their turn at the feeder, just a few feet and a pane of glass from my breakfast table.  |  Maureen Pocock photo

WP readers share their stories of coping with COVID-19

The year 2020 will long be remembered for many reasons, the least of which may be the coping skills that were developed. In September, we asked our readers to share how they were coping with COVID-19 and we received many wonderful and heartwarming stories. From doing more writing, photography, sewing and gardening to learning new […] Read more