Category Archives: Gardening

Swiss Green Salad (Nüsslisalat) with Creamy Dressing and Chopped Egg

What is Nüsslisalat, you ask? It’s a tender green, usually grown in the fall in Switzerland and Germany, a type of corn salad. But don’t worry – you can substitute romaine lettuce and spinach and get to enjoy this simple … Continue reading

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Sweet Corn Pudding – A Special Side Dish

Looking for a special side dish for your Thanksgiving feast? Or maybe just a way to enjoy the tail end of summer’s corn harvest? Sweet, creamy, and sunshiny – corn pudding will be that special side dish having everyone sneaking … Continue reading

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Summer Herb Vinaigrette and Zucchini Salad

Drizzle this zesty herb vinaigrette over summer salads, plop onto steamed or baked potatoes, or dress up some grilled salmon, chicken breasts, or steak. Serve it with spiralized zucchini salad and you’ll have a feast for your eyes and your … Continue reading

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Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad and Northern Gardening in the Spring

A zesty bean salad stuffed with good things like tuna, red pepper and artichoke hearts makes a great salad-as-a-meal and is easy to make ahead for picnics, potlucks, and packed lunches, so you can get outside and spend time in … Continue reading

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Basil Beet Salad, Sauteed Beans, and Peas on Earth

Meet Eric and Ruby, of Peas on Earth, Alberta producers of exceptional organic produce, and have a taste of Ruby’s fantastic Basil Beet Salad, or a nibble of Sauteed Garlicky Green Beans. Passion and Love. Those are the two emotions … Continue reading

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How to Pit Evans Cherries

Here’s a nifty little trick for easily pitting the juicy, tart Evans cherries. Every year I play Russian Roulette with the picking of our Evans cherries. I think they taste the sweetest and best if I wait until after a … Continue reading

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Mom’s Rhubarb Cake, with a Custardy Center and Crumble Topping

Cut yourself a big slab of tangy rhubarb cake with its creamy center and sweet crumble topping – it’s the heady taste of summer on your fork.   I think I have baked this cake well over a hundred times … Continue reading

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We’re Having a Heat Wave – I Need Me Some Creamy Coconut Mango Ice Cream

Beat the heat with a creamy, dairy free, Coconut Mango Ice Cream or Popsicles – no need to pull out the ice cream maker! It is HOT outside. We’ve had many days in a row now with temperatures over 30° … Continue reading

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Sorrel Soup (Sauerampfer Suppe) Makes me Smile

Clean, simple ingredients showcase the sprightliness of a classic sorrel soup. When we were children growing up in British Columbia, we gathered wild sorrel growing in the ditches along our country road. Nibbling the mouth-puckeringly sour leaves was a pleasure … Continue reading

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Chocolate Banana Loaf | Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free

This rich-tasting, moist, light, chocolate banana loaf hits all the right notes to complement your afternoon tea or a cold glass of milk. (You’d never know it’s made with no gluten, dairy, or eggs!) Everyone needs a basic chocolate banana … Continue reading

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