Getting out a cookbook, finding a recipe and discovering you’re out of something doesn’t have to be the end of the world. | Getty Images

Don’t have an ingredient? Use something else

Getting out a cookbook, finding a recipe and discovering you’re 
out of something doesn’t have to be the end of the world

The following recipe originally came from an Australian friend, but as my aunt often said, when I got finished with it the list of ingredients had changed somewhat. She called it beef cottage pie and I normally refer to it as shepherd’s pie, even though true shepherd’s pie is made with lamb or mutton. I […] Read more

Lisa’s hamburger soup goes great with buttermilk biscuits for a hearty lunch. | Joan Airey photo

Cookbook offers family time cooking options

I recently received the neatest cookbook in the mail. It is a time capsule with a bonus that $2 from the sale of each book goes to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon. The book contains a variety of recipes from across Canada. As I read through the book, I came across recipes […] Read more

Christmas carrot cake is delicious any time of the year.  | Joan Airey photo

Turn leftover ingredients into tasty desserts

Wonders can be performed in the kitchen by checking out the pantry, whether it’s carrot cake, cheese cake or biscuits

A family recipe I hadn’t used for years was a carrot loaf that contained maraschino cherries. Recently, I came across this Christmas carrot cake made with glazed cherries or mixed fruit, which I tried and will definitely make again. Cousin Bev and I compared the recipes and the only differences between the one I made […] Read more


These freshly pulled radishes were grown under lights.  |  Joan Airey photo

Growing a salad indoors is a feasible option this winter

For the last three winters, I have grown my own salad makings under grow lights that I start my bedding plants under in the spring. At the time, I could only find Commercial T5 Fixtures at Vesey Seeds, a mail order seed company located in Charlottetown, P.E.I. These fixtures are now readily available at numerous […] Read more

Crockpot pepper steak is great for days when you don’t have time to do a stir fry.  |  Joan Airey photo

Cheaper meat cuts can still be tender, tasty

Types of meat such as round steak and stewing beef can be easy on the pocketbook but satisfying at the dinner table

This time of year we are usually attending three or four hockey games a week but COVID-19 has changed that. Plus, most livestock shows and cattle sales are online only. With more time on my hands I decided to try some new recipes with less expensive cuts of meat such as round steak and stewing […] Read more


TJ’s salsa simmers on the stove.  |  Joan Airey photo

Versatile tomato has a wide variety of uses

From salsa to mincemeat and juice to pizza sauce, there’s virtually no end to what can be done with this juicy vegetable

As a new bride decades ago, my neighbour shared a recipe with me for green tomato mincemeat, which I’ve made every fall since. Green tomato mincemeat 6 c. green tomatoes peeled and chopped 6 c. apples peeled and chopped 1 c. seedless raisins 2 c. seeded raisins 1 c. butter 3/4 c. vinegar 4 c. […] Read more

Sirloin steak sizzles on the barbecue.  |  Joan Airey photo

Cooking tips make barbecue season a success

Proper steak preparation is key when firing up the grill this summer, but make sure not to forget the fresh vegetables

I always look forward to barbecue season and a melt in your mouth barbecued steak. I’ve learned that it pays to plan ahead for a good barbecued steak, making sure the steaks are out of the freezer the night before and putting them in a marinade the next morning. This is the marinade I use […] Read more

Cranberry pork chops are a great recipe to cook on top of the stove when an oven isn’t available.   |  Joan Airey photo

Cooking with what’s on hand is important skill

It is also good to know what to do to keep the kitchen running and the meals flowing when the oven stops working

Just as COVID-19 hit Canada, my oven decided to crash. I didn’t feel shopping for a new stove was an option because health officials were asking us to stay home. So faced with many days ahead without an oven, I sought out my cookbooks and tried some new recipes. Cranberry pork chops are one of […] Read more


Gluten-free baking options include ginger snaps, no bake chocolate coconut cookies and apple crisp.  |  Joan Airey photo

Gluten-free cooking is not a daunting task

Many stores now carry a variety of gluten-free products, and lots of recipes are available on places such as Facebook

One of my granddaughters, who is in her teens, found out this spring that she cannot tolerate gluten. Changing her diet has been hard because she comes from a farm family that is used to eating lots of pasta and fresh, homemade bread. I read up everything the health facility provided her and joined a […] Read more

Cranberry chicken can be cooked all day while you are at work, which makes it a great harvest meal.  |  Joan Airey photo

Early planning eases harvest meal preparation

Whether its rhubarb crisp, round steak with dumplings or cranberry chicken, harvest meals don’t have to be boring

While making a rhubarb dessert for the spraying and reseeding crew, I decided if I froze rhubarb when it was picked, it would be available to make a rhubarb-apple-strawberry crisp for the harvest crew. I made the following recipe several times this spring but not always using the same fruit. The one today has blueberries […] Read more