You can’t beat beets for Thanksgiving dinner

Pumpkins, squashes, tomatoes, beets, apples, pears, leeks, onions, herbs, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, mushrooms — my gracious, the list goes on and on. We are fortunate indeed to have this paradise of colour, variety and goodness right at our doorstep. Whether a farmer’s market, supermarket, fall fair or our own garden, we are surrounded by quality […]


Season’s bounty brings special meals

Enjoy the harvest with these Cuban style recipes from Foodland Ontario; they make the most of the season’s bounty and are ideal make-ahead fare, so necessary when returning to busy fall schedules. Arroz con Pollo This make ahead Cuban favourite, chicken with rice, serves well as a week night meal (with enough leftovers for lunch […]

Main course salads perfect for lunch

Welcome Back! Yesterday I dug my lunch bag out of the closet where it had been deposited for the summer. September 6th marks the calendar year of the beginning of a new school year, the end of summer holidays and the start of making lunches once again either for work or for school. One of […]

Herbal harvest for tasty meals

If you have a pot or patch of herbs growing in your garden, August is the time to start harvesting. When I say herbs, I mean the flavourful, edible leaves of plants such as parsley, chives, basil, tarragon, oregano, dill and so on. A simple snip of the scissors will do the trick for harvesting, […]

Take me away for a summer meal

Summertime is the season for vacations: trips to cottages, picnics, camping, visits to friends and relatives, road trips of all sorts – after all, it’s holiday time. Outings mean transportable food. Here are just a few ideas to tote in a car, bike or backpack. They are yummy enough to be special holiday fare but […]

Berry season is a sweet treat

Strawberries are ready just in time for Canada’s birthday. (Perhaps we should have a strawberry on the flag – they are certainly one of the most popular fruits.) If you are a die-hard picker, one who is out in the field on the first day and several more times during the picking season, you will […]

Every warm day is a barbecue day

B-Day season – short for barbecue day – has begun with a vengeance. No longer the hearty soup, the sustaining stew. At last, the freedom to the great outdoors and grilling. Right on cue is the availability of lobster, local pickerel, Ontario lamb and as accompaniments, fiddleheads, asparagus, new potatoes and tomatoes, and, of course, […]

Celebrating Victoria Day with food

The 24th of May (celebrated in Canada yearly on the last Monday before May 25) is the first of the much-anticipated summer long weekends – Queen Victoria’s birthday. It is celebrated with gusto – cottage openings, the first dip in the lake, fireworks and, of course, all sorts of al fresco dining, whether barbecues or […]