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

Front clockwise: Bacon wrapped water chestnuts, spinach squares, bacon wrapped olives, baked jalapeno poppers, fruity meat balls and party piggies. In the centre is marinated feta cheese.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Readers serve up Christmas appetizers

The Western Producer recently asked readers to share their favourite recipes. Here are some of our readers’ submissions. Marianne Ruthven of Lisieux, Sask., shared the following bacon wrapped olive appetizer. It is easy, tasty and attractive. We will be sending Marianne an appetizer tray for this winning entry. Bacon wrapped olives 12 slices bacon 36 […] Read more

Make a variety of food for Thanksgiving on a baking stone, including a rustic crust apple pie, carrot cookies, turkey wreath and Parmesan cheese loaf.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Baking stones put crisp into Thanksgiving dinner time

Baking stones can give baked food added crispiness. Try these recipes at Thanksgiving. Turkey Wreath Use leftover roast turkey in this wreath for a post-Thanksgiving meal. 1/2 basic dough recipe, see below 2 c. cooked turkey, chopped 500 mL 1/2 c. mayonnaise 125 mL 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 30 mL 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black […] Read more


Homemade meals more nutritious

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard — Gaylord Nelson Recently, while sitting in a food court eating with my kids, I noticed that some people did not use the recycling bin, which was right beside the […] Read more

After a physical game, re-energize with ribs and dessert

Winter seems to be such a busy time at our house with hockey playoffs, team tournaments, school parties and other activities. It seems as though there are times when we are living out of suitcases, or getting part of a night’s sleep curled up on a team bus. Even my wardrobe revolves around whether the […] Read more