Shrimp Caesar with Grilled Lemon. Spot prawns came into season but any type of shrimp or prawn can be used in this salad.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Fish and wine make for a great summer road trip

As a kid growing up on the prairies, the great Canadian road trip often took us to the Okanagan Valley. At some time between seeding and harvest we would forge out for a little vacation. Not much has changed for me. I still love that drive from the Prairies to the orchards. There isn’t a […] Read more

Nothing says barbecue season like smoky baked beans, loaded baked potato salad and garlic bread, tomato salad and green onion and asparagus salad.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Tasty recipes make it easy to prepare for barbecue season

For many parts of the Prairies, the May long weekend signals the official beginning of summer and barbecue season. Even if you have used your barbecue all winter, it is good to check it over and be sure it is in good condition for the season ahead. Food safety can take on added significant during […] Read more

Preparing gizzards using the confit method for this chicken gizzard and fiddlehead salad renders them very tender.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Here’s how to use the entire animal from nose to tail

A farmer cannot raise only pork tenderloins or hams. The idea of using the whole animal honours the animal by not wasting anything. This concept is nothing new in traditional aboriginal cooking. Not a bit of the moose goes to waste, not even the nose. Marm Bailey in Annapolis Royal was making Moose Muffle Soup […] Read more


This French onion soup turned out very nice in the Instant Pot. |  Sarah Galvin photo

Taking the Instant Pot out for a road test

I’m late to the instant pot craze. In fact, I actively resist it. But with an almost cult-like following of 1.3 million people on the Facebook Instant Pot Community page, I have to give it a try. The Instant Pot, which was invented by a Canadian, is a combination of a slow cooker and an […] Read more



Some of the ways to use leftover turkey include turkey and gravy savoury waffles, turkey potato soup, turkey fried rice and turkey tetrazzini.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Loving leftover Christmas turkey: here’s how to do it

It happens every year. The big day is over and we are left with a lot of leftovers in the fridge. It can be frustrating coming up with creative ideas to use them. First, be sure leftovers are properly stored. Turkey, stuffing and gravy must be refrigerated. Be sure the internal temperature of the food […] Read more

A cranberry pistachio cheese log. | Sarah Galvin photo

Toppings and dips for casual Christmas entertaining

Easy entertaining is the least stressful way to manage the holiday season. Make these ahead and keep in the refrigerator for those unexpected drop-in guests. Keep a selection of crackers on hand. Cheese is loved by almost everyone and dried fruits, honey and nuts complete a welcoming spread. Spinnakers Baked Cheese This was served at […] Read more

Bite into your Christmas list with a cookie exchange

A Christmas cookie exchange is a fun and social event during the holiday season. For ease of sharing, package your contribution in individual take-home containers for each person and include the ingredient list and storage suggestions. Chocolate Roll-out Cookies 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 625 mL 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 60 mL 1/2 tsp. […] Read more


Sometimes you want to live a little and depart from utilitarian. Think of these ideas as jewelry that can accessorize but are easily changed without disrupting the kitchen if the fashion changes. To add sparkle to kitchens, chandeliers are trending.
Long days in the kitchen make the feet and legs tired. There are numerous options for high-end cushioned floor mats.
A sink faucet can be a focal point. There are many flashy, yet functional, faucets available. | Sarah Galvin photo

Tackling a kitchen makeover

The success of a kitchen renovation is in the details. It is well worth the effort to make comprehensive notes of every little detail. Not only will you save time in the long run but it will also save money by having fewer recalls of the trades. The first question to answer is whether to […] Read more

Braided brioche can be made with dried fruit. | Sarah Galvin photo

Easy to make comfort food

Nothing beats the aroma of fresh baked bread wafting through the house. Bread machines may be convenient but it isn’t difficult to make breads from scratch either. The four main ingredients are flour, yeast, salt and water. Bread flour makes a superior loaf because it is higher in the protein, gluten. When water is added […] Read more