Flax is a beautiful crop, both good to eat and fun to play in. A favourite Mirosovsky tradition is a family photograph in the blooming fields.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

There are lots of ways to protect our skin from the sun

As we enjoy summer, we want to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the elements. The skin protects our bodies from the outside world and is a mirror of our inner health. This is why when we get a sunburn we feel sore, swelled, tired and inflamed. There are ways to protect ourselves. […] Read more

Nadia Yakielashek’s delicious apple slice recipe eats like a slice but tastes like apple pie. It was drawn from all the entries we received for our family favourites recipe contest. Nadia will receive a hamper of donated Saskatchewan-made products. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

It’s easy to see why these are family favourites

Thank you to all of our readers who shared their favourite family recipes. We received many wonderful recipes, family stories and food memories. From all of the recipes, Nadia Yakielashek’s apple slice was drawn to receive our Saskatchewan-made products hamper. Yakielashek is from Dauphin, Man. Nadia’s apple slice Tastes just like apple pie, so delicious. […] Read more

Grilling corn imparts a slightly smoky flavour to the kernels. Enjoy with burgers, ribs, chicken or steaks.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Corn on the cob can be enjoyed in every season

Fresh corn on the cob is such a delicious treat during the late summer and fall. Freezing the corn will extend the enjoyment through the winter. A few years ago, a friend recommended Canadian Early Supersweet hybrid as a good variety of corn to grow and we have been enjoying this variety ever since. The […] Read more

Spring is a great time to mix up a nutritious smoothie to start your day.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Fresh ingredients for a refreshed spring diet

Reawaken to more sunlight, the cheerful chirping birds, the sound of water running as the winter melts away and tulips popping through the still chilled earth. We even resort to a smile as we see rubber boots stuck in a puddle and mud covered clothes. Springtime is fun. It is the time of year for […] 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

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

A quinoa and snap pea salad can be served as a vegetarian entree or as a side salad. |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Adapt Easter holiday favourites to meet diet restrictions

A little adapting to the menu offers food that everyone can enjoy when family or visitors have food restrictions. Ham and scalloped potatoes are often traditional Easter foods. For those avoiding milk, the cheesy potato bake may be a good alternative to the scalloped potatoes. I’m lactose intolerant, but can enjoy cheese. For those who […] Read more

A glass centrepiece filled with crystals and a candle are easy gifts to make. Scented bath salts are ideal for those who love to soak in the tub.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Most memorable gifts often homemade

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things — not the great occasions — give off the greatest glow of happiness. — Bob Hope Everyone has their own idea about the best way to manage the holidays. Some love the hustle and bustle, the big gatherings, the expensive gift budgets and […] Read more

Serve asparagus, greens fresh from the garden

Nothing tastes quite as good as fresh picked asparagus. A stem or two never reaches the house because I like to munch on them right in the yard. I have added chopped fresh asparagus to all of my salads lately, whether it is a caesar salad, a fresh mixed greens salad or egg salad sandwiches. […] Read more