Who Needs Chestnuts? We Got Marshmallows!

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Roasting chestnuts (I mean marshmallows) on an open fire…

 

If you’ve got a fireplace this is the time of year that you most want it to be filling the house with its soft scent of woodsmoke. While a fire is lovely all winter, it takes on special cozy significance at Christmas time.  Continue »



Fish and Cheese Are an Awesome Couple.

 

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When it comes to cooking, there are a few old-fashioned rules that most home cooks consider sacrosanct, and even though they don’t necessarily make sense, many observe them religiously. One old-school rule, now pretty much flouted by everyone, is the practice of serving red wine only with meat and white wine with fish. Another so-called fish-rule many of us grew up with was, “fish and cheese don’t go together.” Continue »



Less Beef, More Mushrooms

 

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Keep the beef – add mushrooms. Consider this new idea for changing your favourite dishes – adding mushrooms allows you to cut down on meat without going full on vegetarian. Consider mushrooms your gateway drug to a healthier diet.  Continue »



Now Is The Time for Pickling

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The tart relish known as Picalilli. Image courtesy of Well Preserved

 

Soon the bushel baskets will be arriving, full of plum tomatoes, wax beans, little eggplants the size of eggs – all of it just waiting to be pickled and preserved. Maybe this is something you do every year, spend a day making tomato sauce from scratch, or apricot jelly, or zucchini chow chow. Or maybe you’ve never done it before and each year, when you see those bushel baskets full of beautiful, freshly harvested produce, you get a feverish desire to make it happen this year.

What if you create a new strain of super duper botulism and kill the world?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Big hugs to all the moms out there. You are the wind beneath our wings!