power balls

power balls – boost your energy

October 13, 2021

Our grandson is now five weeks old and what a cutie-pie he is!  My daughter is nursing and spoke to me about lactation cookies.  Um, what?  I had never heard of such a thing although admittedly it has been 29 years since I last had a baby (hehe!).  While we were out one day at…

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kiwifruit and avocado salad

kiwifruit and avocado salad

August 11, 2020

Kiwifruit is native to northern China and is the top producer in the world followed by Italy and New Zealand.  You’ve seen them, I am sure.  They’re the fuzzy, oval-shaped, brown fruit found in most grocery stores.  The kiwi is a nutritional powerhouse of goodness!

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cheddar cheese crackers

homemade cheddar cheese crackers

August 5, 2020

My kids grew up on goldfish crackers – they were the perfect size for little hands.  These crackers have been around since before I was born.  Kids love them.  And what’s not to like?  They’re cute fish and if you look closely, have an eye and smile imprinted.

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iced coffee

diy iced coffee – better than starbucks!

July 14, 2020

Last Friday it was a scorcher of a day.  It was also the last day The She Shed team of five women would finish landscaping our front garden.  The work from start to finish took six days and boy, did these women work their socks off!  There were only a couple of days where the…

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fried cheese curds

fried cheese curds (oh baby!)

July 9, 2020

Move over fried mozzarella sticks, there’s a new kid in town!  Fried cheese curds are the bee’s knees!  What are cheese curds, you ask?  When cheese is made milk is pasteurized and cooked until the whey separates from the curd. The curd goes into a mold and pressed to create a wheel or block of…

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Spring onions

grilled spring onions – make it tonight!

July 6, 2020

If your local farmers’ markets are open, go, and celebrate all things local.  Now is the perfect time for seasonal produce and one item in particular that you may not have considered is the humble Spring onion.  Not sure what Spring onions are?

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barley salad

barley salad

July 3, 2020

As a kid and young adult, I LOVED Campbell’s condensed beef soup with barley and vegetables.  If you were to ask me what I liked most about that soup, I would have to say barley.  It has a chewy, pasta-like consistency.  The other veggies in the can didn’t hold up as well…too mushy for my…

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breakfast wrap

breakfast wrap – ready in 10 minutes!

June 22, 2020

Looking for a new way to use eggs for brekkie?  This breakfast wrap is portable for those busy mornings when you’re eating on the run.  Once you have made these and experience just how delicious these are, you’ll never order this from a fast food drive-through again!

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how to build a charcuterie board

how to build a charcuterie board

June 15, 2020

Charcuterie has its origins in France and the word means a pork-butcher shop.  While the original translation refers to pork, today’s charcuterie can include other types of food, such as duck, cheese, pâté, fresh or dried fruit.  Think of charcuterie as a starter course or as the centerpiece when you have your family and friends…

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fiddlehead salad

fiddlehead salad – simply delicious!

June 1, 2020

What does a fiddlehead taste like? Well, in my opinion, it’s a cross between asparagus and artichoke.  Some might say spinach, too.  It’s a seasonal delicacy available now that lasts three to four weeks.  Fiddleheads are sold at farmers’ markets and grocery stores. They are the unfurled fronds of a young ostrich fern and are…

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rhubarb simple syrup

rhubarb simple syrup

May 20, 2020

It’s rhubarb season! Growing up on the east coast of Canada, it’s one of the first desserts we would eat to welcome Spring. My mom had a huge rhubarb patch.  It was so big (how big was it?) my siblings and I used it as a base to play hide and seek.  We loved its…

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farinata - chickpea tart

farinata – genoese street food

May 11, 2020

Ever heard of the saying, ‘can’t see for looking’?  This was the case on Friday night.  I wanted to make pakoras before dinner and looked in my pantry to see if I had enough chickpea flour to make them.  As a result, I noticed the farinata recipe on the back of the package.  Hmmm, what…

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pasta with olive sauce

pasta with olive sauce and pangrattato

May 5, 2020

As a kid and for that matter a young adult, I despised olives!  To me, they just tasted like salt with a whole lot of bitterness.  That food memory stayed with me for a very long time.  It was only 20 years ago that I began to enjoy these fruits.  My first bite was a…

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