The secret ingredient? Marmalade

The secret ingredient? Marmalade Grapefruits, navel oranges, Florida juice oranges, blood oranges, Seville oranges, Spanish or Moroccan clementines, Californian lemons and limes – all of these tropical fruits are in their prime and shipped to the north for our enjoyment and good health. Citrus fruits add a zingy sparkle to our winter weary Canadian taste […]

Let them eat soup

When you are feeling under the weather and the wind is howling outside, what do you crave for mealtime? Yes, soup! Glorious, warm, soothing soup. Over the holidays, during illness, good friends came to the rescue with, you guessed it, that wonderful food, soup. Nourishing, delicious and ever so appreciated, soups are equally tasty for […]

Get cracking on holiday baking

Christmas baking is one of the pleasures of the season. I hate the commercial frenzy of Christmas, but baking special recipes for friends and family is true bliss! Yes, there are all sorts of seductive treats out there to buy, but somehow they never taste as good as homemade. Many of you will have family […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]