Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wild Rice and Farro Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette

Wild Rice and Farro Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette
Wild rice and faro salad with coriander vinaigrette offers warm flavours and a hearty feel.
On these chilly dark days I have been craving hearty, whole grain salads. The sort of salad that sticks with you in a warming sort of way.

That's what got me thinking about wild rice and faro salad with coriander vinaigrette. This is a salad full of flavours and textures. The farro is slightly chewy, the nuts or seeds have some crunch and the brightly spiced vinaigrette has a wonderful exotic flavour.
It’s a salad that seems to suit fall with its warm flavours and hearty feel. If you’d like to make it even more substantial add some lentils or feta.

10 Things You Should Never Throw In The Trash

The landfill is the location of last resort for most  of what we all throw away. Once you sort out compostables and the obvious recyclables (redeemable items, plastics, cans and such) there are still a lot of items that should never go in the landfill. Here are 10:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Why Buy Certified Humane Meat?


Should you spend more money to buy Certified Humane Raised and Handled meat?

You may have noticed more meat and poultry products in the grocery stores sporting the “Certified Humane Raised and Handled” logo. While a few products state on the label that they are cage free or raised without antibiotics, it’s hard to know to what extent those claims are true without and sort of respected certification.

The blue, green and white logo of the Certified Humane program, run by the non-profit group Humane Farm Animal Care, has been around since 2003. The organization has established standards on how animals raised for dairy, lamb, poultry and beef products are handled throughout their lives, with a goal to ensuring animals that are raised for food are comfortable and cared for “from stable to table.” The thinking is that, since 95 percent of people eat meat, there is value in working with farmers, ranchers and producers to ensure the animals that are raised for food are treated in a humane manner during their lives.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Curried Squash and Cauliflower Soup

Curried Squash and Cauliflower Soup
Curried Squash and Cauliflower Soup is a very creamy cream-less soup.

November marks the beginning of soup season in our house. When the weather turns and the days get shorter there are few meals more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup. And I can’t think of a better way to eat a pile of vegetables in one sitting.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Moosewood Vegetarian Pad Thai

Moosewood vegetarian pad Thai recipe
Vegetarian pad Thai is quick & easy to make at home.
It’s easy to find family favourite cookbooks on a bookshelf. They’re the dog-eared ones on with cracked spines, corners of pages folded over and notes in the margins. One of my favourite cookbooks, Moosewood Cooks at Home, has a broken spine, loose pages and spatters all over the most used recipes.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Easy Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

easy apple crisp with oatmeal crumb topping
A sweet, buttery oatmeal topping makes a truly great apple crisp.
As with most families, Thanksgiving is a time to gather for a feast. For many years now we have celebrated Thanksgiving up at our cottage, potluck style, with everyone contributing part of the meal.

Before we shifted Thanksgiving to the cottage we’d all gather at mom and dad’s but there was one year we celebrated Thanksgiving at my brother Geoffrey’s camp.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Roasted Squash Black Bean Quesadillas

Roasted squash and black bean quesadillas | a vegetarian meal with substance.
Roasted winter squash is delicious paired with black beans, spinach and sharp cheese.
A vegetarian quesadilla with substance
As a child I couldn’t stand squash. Mom always served it mashed and just the thought of it made me gag. I missed dessert every time we had squash for supper because I just couldn’t eat it.

What I didn’t know at the time is that my brother Erik, who loved mashed squash, had a way around vegetables that he didn't like. He used to slip his shelled peas into a slender drawer in the dining room table. Mom found them months later, dried and brittle.
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