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

The trick to this beer and garlic pot roast is to cook it long and slow. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Comfort food makes cold weather bearable

We feature two recipes — pot roast and baked squash — from which the leftovers can then be used to make two soups

Hot, filling food can help warm our bodies and provide a sensation of emotional comfort. Aroma-filled food that is ready when family members come in from outside take off the chill and invite them to gather around the table to enjoy the hot feast, conversation and companionship. To reduce food preparation time for busy families, […] Read more


Planning financially for life events makes change easier

Life happens, and planning for major life events provides direction for life, reduces stress at the time of change and could result in achieving the goal sooner. Money often is a limiting factor in achieving many life goals. Diligent planning and saving for life events can reduce the costs of borrowing to achieve a goal […] Read more

Financial literacy helps you achieve your goals

The financial health of individual Canadians is affected by rising lending interest rates and personal debt and a lack of planning for future financial needs. The issue becomes more acute when combined with fewer cash and more debit and credit transactions, online shopping and a plethora of credit and investment products. Financial literacy is the […] Read more


A mortar and pestle are essential tools for grinding whole spices and herbs. Pictured with the mortar and pestle are, from the left, thyme leaves, celery seed, coriander seed, cumin, black pepper and rosemary leaves.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Make-your-own mixtures spice up meal times

Combinations of spices and herbs enhance the flavour of foods but commercially prepared mixes often contain large amounts of salt, MSG, flavour enhancers and preservatives. By creating your own spice blends, you can lower the salt content and adapt the flavours to your family’s preferred taste, such as more or less onion, garlic or heat. […] Read more

New reader contest: Let’s get crafty!

Unique, homemade gifts can be fun to make and more personal and meaningful for the recipient. Western Producer readers are invited to enter our Creative Gifts for the Holidays contest to win a great prize. Homemade Vanilla Extract Natural vanilla extract is superior to artificial extracts and a good gift for any cook. 3 vanilla […] Read more

Master mix ingredients, left, can be made in large batches and stored in the freezer until ready to use. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Homemade master mixes a valuable time-saver

When preparing meals for the field or school lunches, master mixes are convenient. The large batch measuring and mixing of the dry ingredients and fat make the ingredients ready for quick preparation of a variety of fresh baked items like biscuits, pancakes, waffles, muffins and cookies. Commercially available biscuit or pancake mixes are comparable products. […] Read more


Reap what you sow — garden flavours to savour

Nothing compares with the taste of fresh, locally grown produce, especially young peas, carrots, beans, potatoes and onions. Enjoy them in salads, on the barbecue or in a sauce or preserve the flavour in a batch of baby vegetable pickles. Marinated carrots and peas salad 1 lb. baby carrots 500 g 4 oz. edible pod […] Read more

Treat dad to ribs and asparagus grilled on the barbecue. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Celebrate Father’s Day with his favourites

Food nourishes us physically and emotionally. Many of us express our love through gifts of food or by making a favourite dish for a special person. Here are some ideas as we celebrate the men in our lives on Father’s Day or on other special occasions. Barbecue Greek Pork Back Ribs These tender and tasty […] Read more