Bright cherry tomatoes bring a burst of colour and seasonal taste to your palette.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Fall-inspired menus help give thanks for nature’s bounty

We are in the midst of autumn, so it’s time to enjoy the colours and experiences that nature offers this time of year. We can bask in the glow of the beautiful northern lights shooting blue and green into the dark starlit sky, marvel at the gold and crimson leaves falling to the ground, watch […] Read more

Warm yellow wax beans in bacon vinaigrette should be served warm.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Recipes help make the most of garden fresh vegetables

Garden fresh vegetables are a once-a-year treat in our northern climate. Make the most of them by trying a few new recipes. The new Canada’s Food Guide recommends that half your plate, as judged visually, should be vegetables and fruits. The guide also recommends cooking at home, sharing food with others, being mindful of your […] Read more

A variety of melons, clockwise from top left, include watermelon, honeydew, Santa Claus, cantaloupe and canary.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

It’s a good idea to make the most out of melon season

Melons begin to ripen in mid-August. Most people eat them simply sliced and as a snack or dessert. However, they deserve more credit. They are a good source of fibre and fill you up quickly. Melons have high nutritional value. They are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamins of the B group, […] Read more

Use a variety of herbs from those on hand. Lavender, oregano, thyme and mint from the garden work well. Stuff the fish and tie with butcher’s string to hold it all together.  |  Sarah Glavin photo

Summer at its best: barbecue on the coals

For the past 10 or more years, I have been using my little Weber barbecue with natural charcoal and I totally forget that most everyone else is using gas or propane. What it lacks in convenience it makes up for in flavour. So, I when I ask friends to go out and check the barbecue […] Read more

Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The white eggplants have a thicker skin and firmer flesh. These must be peeled before using. Eggplants charred over hot coals acquire a smoky flavour.  | Sarah Galvin photo

Eggplants a mainstay of Mediterranean cooking

Eggplant, also called aubergine, originated in India where it continues to grow wild. As trade routes opened, eggplant was introduced to Europe by the Arabs and transported to Africa by the Persians. The Spaniards carried it with them to the New World and, by the early 1800s, both white and purple varieties could be found […] Read more

Saskatoon berries are so good right off the bush. They are also a great addition to your favourite summer desserts.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Freshly picked finger foods help add to the beach fun

Summer is about escaping from our regular schedules. We all need to get away from the daily grind to renew and refresh. Some people enjoy a stay-cation, relaxing in their own surroundings, others choose short trips to explore their community or province, and still others prefer to pack up the family and go farther away […] Read more

Sweet tea is refreshing on a hot day. Make this into a wine spritzer by mixing equal portions tea with white wine and chill.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

Saskatoon berries spark fond summertime memories

A favourite childhood memory for many of us who grew up on the Prairies is foraging for saskatoon berries. I have given little thought to the differences between wild foraged and cultivated types. Like any other fruit or berry, each type will have its own particular characteristics. I asked Elaine Bouvier of Bouvier’s Berry Basket […] Read more

Browning a roast on a barbecue before cooking in a slow cooker produces a rich beef flavour and colour in the broth.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Make-ahead food for leisurely summer entertaining

Whether at the cabin, entertaining on the back deck or for busy farm seasons, food prepared ahead of time frees up the cook to enjoy the fun or help with the work. Barbecue slow cooker beef dip Beef roast is browned on the barbecue and then cooked in a flavourful broth. The sliced meat is […] Read more