Add a little love to your cooking

There are all kinds of love. Around Valentine’s Day we tend to think of romantic love but when it comes to cooking and the cook who is preparing food, if they do so with a loving spirit, the food has magical, restorative powers. Many of you cooks out there know personally how good it feels […]

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 […]

Quick recipes for the time-starved

“What’s for dinner?” If that question strikes fear into your heart, then this article is for you. The hustle and bustle of everyday life leaves little time for the niceties of meal planning, grocery shopping or cooking, but perhaps these ideas will reduce the tension and give you an opportunity to try some recipes to […]

Recipes for the sweeter side of summer

Summertime is the period of natural sweetness. Starting with strawberries in June and progressing to raspberries, melons, plums, apricots and peaches in late summer, you have a tantalizing array of just-picked desserts ready to sample. However, no matter how luscious the berry or fruit, that added something, be it ice cream or the perfect cookie, […]

Arrival of spring means asparagus

When Ontario asparagus appears in the markets, you know spring has truly arrived. These long spears are a welcome addition to salads, pasta, rice, fish – you name it, they are yummy with everything, including this homemade aioli (recipe follows) with lemon-garlic overtones perfect to accompany asparagus’ delicate taste. Here are some asparagus pointers (no […]

Mouth-watering Christmas appetizers

Everyone loves appetizers, whether a simple nibble before a meal or a spread of assorted treats to tantalize over an entire evening. The holiday season is certainly an opportunity to indulge in these savoury bites. If you are planning a party or just having a few friends over, new ideas are always welcome. The best […]

More ideas for cooking with Ontario apples

Apples, our local apples, are superb in everything from apple cake to zesty apple chutney. In the last issue, sweet apple recipes were the focus. This issue, savory dishes emphasize the versatility of apples. Apple and Cheese French Toastwiches Apples and cheese are a combination made in heaven. This recipe is no exception and wonderful […]

Fall for the perfect preserves

It’s September. The late summer heat brought out the crickets and their distinctive “chirp” fills the day, building a background orchestra for the kitchen sounds. For today is the day to make fruit relish. Sparkling bottles are already lined up on the counter upside down on immaculate tea towels ready to be heated then filled […]