Add sautéed cabbage to your plate to bump up the flavour experience. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Try some new recipes this spring

Spring traditionally brings with it a sense of renewal. This can mean trying a new recipe, learning something new and, of course, opening up the windows and letting the fresh air in. The winter decor can be packed away and the pastel pillows and throws are on the sofa and beds, while the dining table […] Read more


Winter can be a beautiful time of year. Why not make it better with a variety of comfort foods.  |  Jodie Mirokovsky photo

There’s no better time than winter to enjoy comfort food

As winter saunters along, I have learned to appreciate the beauty of the prairie landscape. Those cool winter mornings make for the most colourful sunrises over the sparkling snow. As the light shines through the windows, I appreciate the warm confines of my chair, curled up in a cozy blanket and the taste of my […] Read more


Trimmings from celery, cauliflower and broccoli are often wasted, but the cauliflower core can be grated to make cauliflower rice or added to a salad, and the broccoli stems can be peeled and used in stir-fries.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Food waste costs Canadian economy $49 billion a year

As Canadian farmers and gardeners, think of the effort that is put into producing food for the world and for our families. Then consider that as a nation, 58 percent of the food produced in Canada is wasted or lost each year. This is a yearly cost of $49 billion to the Canadian economy. These […] Read more



The nutty flavour and chewy texture of baked wild rice is a delicious, comforting hot dish for cold days. Serve with any meat and a salad.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Winter oven meals can warm up the home inside and out

When cold weather hits, we just want to stay close to home where it is warm. To keep the kitchen warm, cooking meals in the oven makes sense. Maximize the oven’s heat by cooking several dishes at once. The fragrant aromas and warmth may help us forget how cold it is outside. Barbecued ribs are […] Read more

Easy chicken taco soup has just the right amount of spice to bring comfort on a cold winter day.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Spicing up the kitchen can keep us warm from the inside

When the weather outside has us chilled to the bone, bringing some spice to the kitchen can warm us up from the inside. Spicy foods are stimulants, they increase circulation, which in turn, raises your internal body temperature. I am sharing a few of my favourite spiced recipes with ingredients that can be used interchangeably […] Read more

Eat a well balanced diet for good eye health, which includes a variety of brightly coloured vegetables, leafy greens, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, eggs, oily fish, nuts, legumes, flax seed, butter, healthy oils, blueberries, beef, chicken and water.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Take care of your eyes by making healthy eating choices

With the arrival of the year 2020 we are reminded that this number is often recognized as an indicator of perfect vision. It seems appropriate in the year 2020 to consider what nutrients and foods preserve and promote vision health. Making healthy lifestyle and diet choices can help keep our eyes healthy and may prevent […] Read more


No chili chili had a wonderful maple flavour rather than a hot chili flavour. Leftovers can be rolled into tortillas with cheese and heated in the microwave.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Put creativity to work when modifying familiar recipes

One of the creative pleasures of cooking and baking is to take a familiar recipe and modify it to the ingredients that are on hand or to adapt it to accommodate taste preferences or dietary needs. Dr. Wendy Davis, naturopathic doctor from the Windthorst, Sask.’s, Harmony Health Clinic has modified many recipes to make them […] Read more

A Canada goose is about the same size and shape as a farmed goose. They can be used interchangeably in this recipe.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Serving goose for Christmas should not be intimidating

Home cooks are often stumped when it comes to cooking goose. But really, it’s just a large duck. Goose lends itself well to any recipe using chicken, duck or turkey. The breast is best cooked medium rare to keep the meat tender. Legs and wings are tougher and benefit from a low and slow cooking […] Read more