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

Fresh flowers are a simple way to freshen up a space. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Arrival of spring provides an opportunity to freshen up

It is a time of transition. Furnaces are taking a long awaited break and prairie folk are stretching out of a long winter hibernation, ready to renew and energize. We all know how to do housework, even if many of us procrastinate until we are forced to do it. Make a small start by sweeping […] Read more


So many shades of green are available in the kitchen.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Colour the dinner table green for St. Patrick’s Day

There are so many beautiful shades of green — especially when it comes to food. Sometimes we need a theme to freshen things up in the kitchen and in our menus. Have some fun as St. Patrick’s Day approaches by incorporating green into your food. Along with the more common produce such as lettuce, cucumber […] Read more

Relive warm holiday flavour memories with Mexican tortilla chicken soup. It will warm the body and soul when the Canadian winter can’ t.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Soups offer warmth and comfort for cold winter days

Winter and hot soups just seem to be a natural union. Hearty soups loaded with fresh ingredients and flavourful seasoning give a comforting warmth on cold winter days. Mexican tortilla chicken soup This is an intensely flavoured soup; adjust the peppers and seasoning to your personal taste. 2 tbsp. canola oil 30 mL 6-8 boneless, […] 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

Our menus should be colourful and nourishing — a form of art.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Lentils offer nutritious, delicious ways to improve diet

I recently attended a lecture on global nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. The report we heard was described as a “shining light” on feeding the world, considering that levels of malnutrition are still unacceptably high. There are hungry children everywhere in the world, including Canada, and what shocked me was that there are also […] Read more

Heat up the kitchen with soups and warm spices

As I sit at the table in my cozy kitchen and my cat stretches out on the hardwood floor in front of the dishwasher and heat vent, we are locked in a polar vortex of frigid Arctic weather. I’m in the mood for comfort food. Slow cooking. Braising. Making a pot of soup. Filling the […] Read more


Pluma moos, a traditional Mennonite recipe, would make a wonderful addition to a hot breakfast. The cooked dried fruits are soft, flavourful and full of fibre.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Implementing new Canada’s Food Guide at breakfast

Three key ideas promoted in the recently released new Canada’s Food Guide are the reduction in the use of processed foods, the increased consumption of whole grain foods and being mindful of what, when, where, why and how we eat. Breakfast is a perfect example of how to implement these ideas. Boxed breakfast cereals are […] Read more

This single serve raspberry trifle is so delectable. | Jodie Mirosvosky photo

Winter is a great time to try recipes inspired by restaurants

As winter saunters along, I have truly learned to appreciate its beauty. There is nothing that compares to the sparkling white landscape with the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the distance. The starlit nights and the moon shining over the snow-covered fields are mesmerizing. We just need to take notice of the natural artwork […] Read more