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

The U of S’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition opened the research and food lab in March in the Health Sciences Building. “These state-of-the-art laboratories will be used to educate the next generation of dietitians and support nutritional research programs in the college,” said Kishor Wasan.  |  David Stobbe/College of Pharmacy and Nutrition photo

U of S celebrates 100 years of home economics

Immigration and western expansion in Canada brought pioneer families to isolated farms, many with little or no farming experience. Safe water, food production and preservation were critical issues along with hygiene, sanitation, disease and food availability. Home economics began in the late 1800s in response to worldwide change and development. The agrarian way of life […] Read more


Broccoli salad with corn muffins makes a healthy lunch. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Cooking with flax; one of Canada’s super foods

Canada’s climate is credited with the higher oil content and superior oil quality in Canadian flaxseed, which contains nutrients that health experts recommend for better health and disease reduction. Nutritionists recommend eating less saturated fat and trans fats and more polyunsaturated fatty acids. More than 70 percent of the fat in flaxseed is the polyunsaturated […] Read more

Harold Empey has developed a “just-in-case” binder that provides an outline of information that should be gathered, discussed and maintained in preparation of your death. | Supplied photo

Being prepared for an emergency can save lives, heartache

When an emergency happens such as an accident, health emergency, fire or a death, personal information must be readily available. Calling for emergency personnel Knowing where you are is essential to getting help quickly. In a rural setting, the land location needs to be given first, then provide specific directions including identifiable features that may […] Read more

Black pepper adds zing to biscuits and snap peas.  |  Betty Ann deobald photo

Add peppery heat to comfort food

On a cold winter day it is natural to select hot foods to warm our bodies. Adding a touch of fresh-ground black pepper will increase the heat, flavour and the comforting effect. Pepper aids digestion and will naturally warm the body. Pepper was once used as currency and a sacred offering. It is now the […] Read more


Broccoli and cauliflower salad can be assembled up to a day ahead, refrigerated and ready to transport to the field or a family gathering. Mix just before serving.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Meals in the Field: cookbook shares farm recipes, tips

Feeding busy farm families and farm workers has always been an essential part of a family farming operation. Preparing a variety of healthy foods for the early mornings, late night shifts and all day field work can be a challenge. The United Farmers of Alberta recognizes that. Since the first edition of the United Farm […] Read more

Oatmeal lentil chocolate chip cookies make a good snack. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Readers share their favourite recipes

Lentil chocolate chip cookies are a great protein-boosting snack, especially when combined with yogurt or a glass of milk. The recipe, sent by reader Margaret Heise of Hamiota, Man., appeared in a TEAM column in July, 2013. Lentil oatmeal chocolate chippers 1 c. brown sugar 250 mL 3/4 c. butter or margarine 175 mL 1 […] Read more