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 […]

Lemon curd, the perfect treat for Mother’s Day

Lemon curd is one of life’s great pleasures! It is guaranteed to put a smile on any mother’s face. Although the recipe is quick and simple to prepare, it can be served any number of ways. Perhaps the easiest is to spread lemon curd on warm, freshly-baked scones with a dollop of whipped cream, or […]

Kid-friendly meals for the whole family

If you are the chef in charge of family meals, finding something that everyone enjoys can be a challenge. These ideas from Rosetta Sun will put a smile on the face of young and old alike. Rosetta has two young grandchildren who love her peanut butter noodles with homemade chicken fingers. When she described these […]

Try eggs for the perfect Easter breakfast

Easter allows us the opportunity to invite friends and family for brunch. Brunch,  perhaps  the most versatile meal of all – allows us to serve breakfast foods, lunch foods, appetizer foods, dessert foods or all of the above – anything goes! What better time of year than Easter when we welcome spring and fresh tastes. […]

A taste of Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner on March 17, it’s time to plan suitable dishes for that date. Although one can plan a total green menu to celebrate the day, it is probably more practical to feature typical Irish dishes that are suitable for our unpredictable, blustery March weather. Hopefully this menu will […]

A taste of sunshine for February

It seems to make sense that during the months with the least sunshine – January and February – we are blessed with sunshine in another form: tangy, juicy citrus fruits such as clementines, navel oranges, Seville oranges for marmalade, grapefruits from Florida, and standard lemons to give recipes a kick. The zest is as important […]

In the red for Valentine’s Day

Choosing red foods for Valentine’s Day will help put you in the celebration mode and encourage you to buy local apples and cabbages. In addition, when you buy local, you are doing your food budget a favour because the prices are generally lower than their foreign counterparts. Of course, buying local also helps support our […]