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

Seaweed is available fresh or dried and can be used in vegetable salad, above, kelp scones and miso soup. | Sarah Galvin photo

Ocean is awash with offerings for nutritious dishes

Most of us don’t live near the ocean but that is no longer a reason to not use seaweed or sea vegetables in our meals. There are several foragers on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts that have successful businesses collecting and drying a number of varieties. The collection locations are often remote for better […] Read more

Want something different this Thanksgiving? Try eggplant Parmesan with fresh mozzarella.  | Sarah Galvin photo

A new twist on traditional Thanksgiving dishes

Create your own traditions this year with these new ideas for Thanksgiving dishes. Green Beans and Shitake Mushrooms You can substitute cremini mushrooms or dried shitakes for fresh ones. The stems of dried shitakes should be removed because they are tough. 6 tbsp. butter 90 mL 8 oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced 250 […] Read more


Healthy diet includes a variety of plant proteins

Daily intake of meat or plant-based protein is ideal for optimum health. A diet focused mainly on meat-based protein may be lower in dietary fibre and the many nutrients found only in vegetables and grains and higher in fat. A plant-based protein regime will have more variety in nutrients, will have a good source of […] Read more

 Black pepper and balsamic strawberries with zabaglione. | Sarah Galvin photo

Desserts with savoury twist tease the taste buds

Savoury flavours in desserts are not a new fad. The Europeans traditionally serve a cheese course at the end of a meal. Aged Parmesan with a good quality balsamic is delightful. Prosciutto- wrapped melon slices are often an appetizer but there is no reason they could not be a dessert. The addition of savoury flavours […] Read more