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Plan the perfect holiday party

Nibbles, snacks, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, tapas – call them what you will – these mini-bites of deliciousness are central to holiday entertaining. Whether your party is a casual affair at home where friends drop by or a more formal cocktail party, here are some organizational hints: Be ready to welcome your guests at the door […]

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What to do with pumpkins aplenty

Pumpkins herald the coming of Halloween and the late autumn harvest – their bright orange bodies piled high in supermarkets, decorating doorways and convenience stores. Not only can pumpkins be carved and used as a lantern to light the way on All Hallows Eve but also its cooked puree becomes a tasty addition to numerous […]

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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 […]

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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 […]