Sliced apples with peels and gouda cheese make a healthy snack that is addicting  | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Food is an easy way to enhance the quality of your life

If I had to choose a few good things about the upcoming winter season, it would be the freshness and calm as the snowflakes gently fall, and a sabbatical from the yard and field work that consumes so much time in the growing season. As we shift indoors, there are many ways to fill our […] Read more

Split red lentils, clockwise from the top, whole red lentils, green lentils, black lentils and chickpeas are some of the pulses grown in Saskatchewan.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Hearty lentils are perfect for meals on cold winter days

The term pulse refers to the dried edible seeds of certain plants in the legume family. In Canada, the four main types are dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. All pulses are very high in fibre and protein, low in fat, inexpensive and shelf-stable. Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and […] Read more

Brazil nut cake has a rough, dense textured top so no additional decorating is needed.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Fruitcake plays major role in many Christmas traditions

For many, a fruit-filled cake is part of their Christmas tradition, to be enjoyed at the end of the meal or given as a gift. A fruitcake is a mixture of raisins, currants, glazed or dried fruits, nuts, and just enough rich batter to hold the mixture together. The moisture from the fruit permeates the […] Read more

Pumpkin cream cheese muffins and pumpkin snickerdoodles are such sweet home-made treats.  A side of fresh blueberries make us feel less guilty.  | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Coping with sugar on Halloween an ongoing challenge

Halloween this year coincides with a full moon, which will set an especially spooky mood. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are from trick or treating on a dark, starlit night, and as an adult sharing the excitement in my own children’s lives as they let their imaginations run wild and are transformed by […] Read more

Pan-seared pork chops topped with juicy red pears and caramelized onions create a colourful and flavourful dinner.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Enjoying pears starts with knowing when they are ripe

Some people don’t enjoy pears because they’re either hard, starchy and under-ripe, or over-ripe and mushy. This happens because pears ripen better off the tree so they are picked green. They also ripen from the inside out. Learning how to tell when a pear is ripe is the secret to enjoying them. The test is […] Read more

Eggplant parmigiana is a hearty vegetarian main course and also works if you are following the Mediterranean diet.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

It is a good time to focus on cooking with fall vegetables

As the growing season comes to a close, our vegetable choices change. Eggplants, squashes, peppers and root vegetables move into the spotlight. When choosing an eggplant at the farmers market, pick one that is bright, shiny and heavy-feeling. They will be available well into fall. Peppers both sweet and spicy are harvested in late summer […] Read more

Are you thankful for an abundant harvest of zucchini and tomatoes? Chicken tortellini soup with zucchini and tomatoes is easy to make and puts both of them to use.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Thanksgiving, Halloween celebrations will be different

How we celebrate Thanksgiving and Halloween is going to change radically this year. Large Thanksgiving family gatherings with an abundance of food and fellowship, and family Halloween outings for trick or treating aren’t advisable given the second wave of COVID-19 now rolling through the country. That provides opportunities for creating new traditions and remodeling old […] Read more

Roasting freshly harvested vegetables before adding to a stew gives a depth of flavour, while the parsley dumplings help create a hearty fall meal.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Garden bounty puts finishing touch on harvest meals

The gardening season is nearing an end but there is still lots of fresh produce to be enjoyed in a variety ways. Roasting or grilling vegetables gives them a depth of flavour. Enjoy these vegetables as a side dish or added to soups, stews or casseroles. All of our tomatoes are in boxes, covered with […] Read more

Costolutos are an Italian heritage tomato best used for making sauces.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Tomatoes are tasty, versatile — and oh yes, healthy too

Tomato season is my favourite season. Plucking a warm ripe tomato fresh from the vine and biting into it with juice running down my arm softens the sadness of summer’s end. For years three fellow home economists and I made many jars of salsa during tomato season. Later, I made big batches of tomato sauce […] Read more

: Pumpkin loaf provides comfort on a crisp harvest morning, while fresh brewed coffee and a cheese slice complete the offering.  | Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Rediscovering home baking revives timeless traditions

Summer has gone by so quickly. Farmers are in the fields, kids are at school in some form or another, and commerce is slowly making a comeback. Throughout these uncertain times, the one thing that has remained constant is the daily job of nourishing ourselves with food. The change, however, is that we have gone […] Read more