Make ice cream at home – sans machine!

Ice-cream! Ice-cream! I scream for ice-cream. Frozen, sweet and deliciously slurpy, ice-cream is a summer pleasure. It is especially good if it is the homemade variety such as Ed’s Scoop on Queen at Beech or the Sicilian ice-cream sold at Vincenzo’s, Westlake and the Danforth just west of Main Street. The premium quality of President’s […]

Ah, summer – it’s berry time!

When the strawberry arrives, I know it’s time to celebrate summer, Canada Day, family picnics, birthdays…you name it, there has to be a celebration during strawberry season. Here to help with the festivities are baskets of the best, most luscious, sweet, delectable treats in all the world – strawberries – ready and waiting to be […]

In season: Strawberry salads forever

The timing is perfect. Our local berries are here just when we need them most – for all the June celebrations – graduations, weddings, birthdays and of course, the big birthday – Canada Day, July 1st! Make the most of their unique sweet taste and slurpy qualities. They are favourites with everyone. Although strawberries are […]

In praise of burgers

“You know, Jim, you could open a diner and call it Jim’s Burgers. These are the best!” And they were. My husband Jim made the most delicious hamburgers. They were happily anticipated every Saturday night during barbecue season. That is praise indeed because for me, beef is not a favourite. But these were mouth-watering good. […]

Asparagus, the versatile vegetable

Ontario asparagus and rhubarb are here – it must be spring! Yesterday was the first time I harvested rhubarb from my garden. Although it looked plentiful with the leaves, once they were removed, the meager stalks had to be supplemented with a bag of previously frozen rhubarb for a much-desired rhubarb crisp. Now that asparagus […]

A Mother’s Day menu for all

Mother’s Day is a treat. Even if you are not a mother, it’s wonderful to have an excuse for a celebration. A special occasion means food and at this time of year, a springtime menu is perfect. I hope that these suggestions from Foodland Ontario will entice you into the kitchen and inspire your festivities. […]

Here’s your new go-to Sunday meal

In days gone by, a roast chicken dinner was a special treat, perhaps a celebration or a Sunday dinner. Now, with chickens plentiful and relatively inexpensive, a chicken dinner can be prepared simply and reliably because we have top quality, fresh, air-chilled chickens available. This makes roasting dead simple with guaranteed juicy, tender results. Not […]