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

Enjoy the warmth of hot apple cider and fresh banana 
muffins.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Cooking for the holidays does not have to be extravagant

There are so many facets to the holiday season: shopping, gifts, travel, parties, casual get-togethers and concerts. It is such a busy time. For some it causes anxiety, but I want to remind you of what I consider the most important part of the holidays — food. We love to come together around food. Menus […] Read more


Shane Chartrand has spent the past 10 years learning about his history, visiting other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests and express his unique personality.  |  Hilary McDonald photo

Indigenous chef gives traditional recipes a modern twist

Search the internet for “indigenous cookbooks” and you will find a handful of books featuring wild game and foraging and books written by non-indigenous authors who use ingredients indigenous to our land. Some feature a single ingredient, such as bison, but few move into today with a modern theme on recipes inspired by generations of […] Read more

Apples are rich in fibre and vitamin C.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Keep illness at bay this winter with wholesome food

The first snowflakes have gently fallen where we live, and a certain peace comes over us once the ground is white. It’s time to curl up with a warm drink and a book. Enjoy the short lived tranquillity because it will be Christmas Day in a little more than a month. Try to boost your […] Read more



A little leftover meat is stretched into a meal when combined with barley and vegetables in a kuba casserole. A quick miscellaneous salad is added to round out the meal.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Food lessons from Second World War still relevant

In honour of Remembrance Day a reflection on the food culture of the Second World War years seems appropriate. A closer look at the food situation may help us appreciate the food values that came out of that era. It is also interesting to compare those values with our current situation and values. After Canada […] Read more

Warm cheesy lasagna with a side of greens is sure to please. |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Food cravings change drastically when autumn arrives

The autumn sky is bright blue by day, and black with clear twinkling stars by night. The sound of the rustling dried leaves make for the perfect Halloween ambiance. It is at this time of year that our food cravings drastically change. Most of us start to crave warm, more substantial menus, with staying power, […] Read more



Chicken and dumplings is a traditional comfort food. Add any type of fresh or dried mushroom for a new twist.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

There is always a good time to make room for mushrooms

Either you love them or you hate them. As far back as I can remember, my father has had a distinct dislike for mushrooms. In spite of this, I love them; always have. Mushrooms may not fall into our theory of eating the rainbow but they are nutrient-dense. They are rich in B vitamins such […] Read more