The seasoning on the pork tenderloin can be spiced up when serving it with this cantaloupe salsa. | Sarah Galvin photo

Late summer garden bounty provides culinary inspiration

Find inspiration for autumn meals at the garden or farmers markets. Peak of the season is bountiful with tomatoes, squashes, pumpkins, corn, potatoes and even strawberries. Yes, late summer strawberries were at the market when I went recently. I made a jar of quick strawberry jam. And zucchini. Who doesn’t want a new way to […] Read more

The perfect jelly is clear, not cloudy, and firm but easily spreadable  on bread. This is jelly I made from muscadine grapes when I was  in Tennessee. They are naturally high in pectin and easily make a perfect jelly. | Sarah Galvin photo

Common canning problems have easily fixed solutions

Failures happen when it comes to food preservation. But you shouldn’t swear off canning if you experience a few failings. It happens to the best home canners. Troubleshooting makes you a more confident and successful home canner. Don’t give up. First and foremost choose reliable sources of information and recipes. Great-grandma’s recipe will need to […] Read more

The fruit from our Trailman crab apple tree is used in many family favourite recipes from cakes, pies and jams to apple juice, apple sauce and canned fruit. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Cooking with crab apples comes with variety of options

In our yard, we have a very productive Trailman crab apple tree. Due to the lack of moisture the apples are much smaller this year, but they will work just fine for one of our family’s favourites, apple sauce. This year, I used my Instant Pot to make a quick batch of apple sauce. Instant […] Read more


Homemade preserves make ordinary toast gourmet. Seasonal bounty at it’s best.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Farmers market vendors provide delicious inspiration

In my travels this summer, I encountered numerous farmers markets. There were so many amazing products, the result of talented people sharing their passion and skills. My purchases include jams, jelly, pies, cheese, baked goods, fresh honey, cut flower bundles from Boondock Flower Farm and even a refreshing alcoholic beverage from a company called Hudson […] Read more

Lamb and onion kebabs make a fast and delicious barbecue lunch sandwich with naan.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Food on sticks offers easy meals with big flavours

Kebabs are simply pieces of meat, vegetables or fruits threaded onto skewers and then broiled or grilled until the food is fully cooked, slightly charred but still juicy and tender. Serving kebabs has advantages. For one, you can serve more people per pound of meat and therefore reduce the cost of the meal. Portion control […] Read more


Marinated cucumber salad is a great way to use an abundance of fresh vegetables from the garden. It is a quick way to extend their freshness and flavour and to add variety to your meals. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Deciding what to do with garden veggies can be a real pickle

Are quick refrigerator pickles a pickle or a salad? These quick-made vegetable pickles can be ready to enjoy within a few hours but must be used within two to three weeks. With the tart vinegar saltiness of a pickle, they are stored in the refrigerator, like a marinated salad. They are not canned using a […] Read more

Smashed cucumber salad may become your summer favourite. It’s cool and crisp and either makes a good side dish or can be served on rice 
vermicelli for a main course. | Sarah Galvin photo

Keep summer vegetables at the centre of meals this year

It’s peak of the season at farmers markets and home gardens across the country but what do you do with the armfuls of fresh vegetables? Are you tired of the same old recipes? Want to try something new? I have spent the past couple of weeks testing recipes and looking for new ways to use […] Read more

Place cooked burgers in a flavourful barbecue sauce to keep them hot, juicy and ready to serve to hungry swimmers or fishermen at the cabin. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Easy meal ideas put more fun into summer at the lake

On the back deck or at the cabin, easy to prepare meals and treats are always welcome. Reader Alice Eagle of Lloydminster was looking for a barbecue sauce that can be put in a crockpot to keep a quantity of barbecued burgers hot and ready to serve. The following recipe is ideal. Bickleigh BBQ Burger […] Read more


Strawberries are a summer taste sensation. | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Delicious strawberries can be used in a variety of ways

The ultimate summer taste is a bite into a fresh strawberry, so juicy and sweet. Each year we wait for the strawberry season, the thrill of picking fruit right off the vine or from your grocery store or farmers market. The boost of fibre and vitamin C make this berry a powerhouse. Strawberries are so […] Read more

Sour cherries can be found at most U-pick orchards and are worth the time spent to put some away in the freezer. | Sarah Galvin photo

Sour cherries are the best; they may even be a sleep aid

Sour cherries make the best pies. They are a tarter cousin of the British Columbia cherry and they hold up well in recipes calling for a cherry sauce. They have a pleasantly sweet and intense flavour. The breeding of dwarf sour cherries began at the University of Saskatchewan in the 1940s by Les Kerr. Since […] Read more