Sauces made from fresh garden herbs can be used in many ways with your summer grilling and salads. These sauces are, clockwise from the top, mint pesto, zhoug and Silver Palate’s green sauce.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Summer sauces make simple meals more spectacular

Summer is the season of lazy meals, easy cooking and casual foods. Sauces go a long way to make the simple more spectacular, especially when grilling is on everyone’s menu plan. Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are in abundance. Use them in creative ways to add an easy flavour zap to any meal. Toss a […] Read more

Plan a hot dog bar for your next casual lakeside family picnic. |  Sarah Galvin photo

Hot dog bar makes for easy summer family entertaining

What is your favourite way to cook a hot dog: boil, grill or both? Well, it turns out that boiling first and then charring on a hot grill yields the best hot dog. The inside is heated through and the outside is toasted to perfection without burning or drying out the exterior. The broiler works […] Read more

Sweet tea is refreshing on a hot day. Make this into a wine spritzer by mixing equal portions tea with white wine and chill.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Saskatoon berries spark fond summertime memories

A favourite childhood memory for many of us who grew up on the Prairies is foraging for saskatoon berries. I have given little thought to the differences between wild foraged and cultivated types. Like any other fruit or berry, each type will have its own particular characteristics. I asked Elaine Bouvier of Bouvier’s Berry Basket […] Read more

This chicken taco salad is sure to please the whole family.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Three reasons to eat salad every day (if you need them)

There are many good reasons to eat salads. First, leafy greens and raw vegetables are a natural source of dietary fibre. Fibre helps to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. It helps to control blood sugar. It normalizes bowel movements and helps in the prevention of bowel disease. Fibre intake also helps with maintaining a healthy […] Read more

Sheet pan dinners are versatile with no limit except your imagination.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Prepare fast and fresh meals, just in time for spring

May long weekend marks the unofficial beginning of cottage season. We are moving from spring into summer. It’s OK to plant the garden, put out our bedding plants and open the pool. The May long weekend is recognized as a celebration of the Queen’s birthday. Although our reigning queen’s birthday is in June, it is […] Read more

Serve lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped cream and maple syrup. A mimosa is a special touch. The drink is called mimosa because the bright colour resembles the blooming mimosa tree, the symbol of the Mediterranean spring.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Mother’s Day celebration can be either small or large

Finding just the right way to honour your mom on Mother’s Day can be challenging. One can never go wrong with flowers and chocolates. A family brunch brings the whole clan together and can be planned as a potluck so that not all the work falls on one person. Or the celebration can be a […] Read more

One can never have too many ideas for meatballs. Try these sweet and sour Syrian meatballs at your next potluck.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Food plays important role in passover celebration

Passover celebrates the journey of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration of spring, birth and rebirth. Passover is observed for seven days. This year it will be celebrated from April 19-27. Jewish people live throughout the world so don’t confuse Israeli food with Jewish food. King Solomon’s Table, written by Joan Nathan, […] Read more

Au gratin peas and potatoes can be breakfast or breakfast for supper.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Everyone should have a house meal in their back pocket

The idea of a house meal is nothing short of brilliant. Having one or two recipes in your back pocket that you can prepare on a moment’s notice or if you are feeling less than inspired to be creative is what every home cook needs. A house meal is simple enough that there are only […] Read more

Citrus fruits can be juiced, zested and peeled.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Incorporating citrus helps bring winter dishes to life

The tart flavour of citrus brightens winter dishes as much as it refreshes in the hot summer. Winter is when citrus fruits are at their sweetest and juiciest. It is the time to squeeze fresh juice for breakfast or make a variety of recipes using oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons. Before squeezing for juice, wash […] Read more