Chard is Hard, But this Pie is Easy B’y: A Rainbow Chard and Feta Pie Recipe

For us local food aficionados finding new and interesting things to do with our garden produce is an ongoing struggle. As we dig through our CSA box, or harvest from our garden, the question always remains “what the heck am I going to do with all this veg”? Much attention has been given to Kale, the overabundant and delicious green that keeps on giving, but … Continue reading Chard is Hard, But this Pie is Easy B’y: A Rainbow Chard and Feta Pie Recipe

Adventures in Cheese: Make Your Own Mozzarella and Paneer

DO-IT-YOURSELF MOZZARELLA I’ve been wanting to make mozzarella for years.  There’s something about learning a mysterious process that takes one familiar thing (milk) and transforms it into another familiar thing (cheese) that I find irresistible!   After I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle book, where she tells the story of her family’s pledge to buy food grown or produced in their own community or learn … Continue reading Adventures in Cheese: Make Your Own Mozzarella and Paneer

Summer Cooking Class Recipes: Dragon Burgers and Kale Chips

It feels like summer’s FINALLY arrived! It certainly felt that way during our Summer Picnic cooking class, where we prepared and and then feasted upon Inside-Out Dragon Burgers with Herbed Mayo, Honey Balsamic Strawberry Salad, Roasted Kale Chips and Smashed Potatoes.    Our instructor, Elisabeth Bailey rounded out the meal with some homemade rhubarb-ade and some honey-mint ice cream that was simply incredible.  I could definitely … Continue reading Summer Cooking Class Recipes: Dragon Burgers and Kale Chips

Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods

A lot of parents have a hard time getting their kids to like ‘real food’.  Food marketed towards children is usually loaded with fat, salt and sugar and highly packaged in brightly coloured plastic that promises oodles of fun.  Products geared towards kids are getting more and more over the top all the time – just check out this video: As if we needed ways … Continue reading Getting Kids Acquainted with Real Foods

How to Fall in Love with Dried Beans

“Beans are beautiful to see and wonderful to hold in your hands.”  Dan Jason. I’m on a mission to use dried beans, they’re inexpensive and if I can save a can, that’s good.  Besides, that opaque, gooey stuff canned beans are packed in grossed me out one too many times.  So I’ve been experimenting, and I invite more experienced food adventurers to add their experiences. … Continue reading How to Fall in Love with Dried Beans

Winter Cooking Class Recipes: Local Appetizers 101

The third and final class of the Winter Cooking Class Series took place last Thursday evening at Local Source Market. This week, our group expanded to include a farmer and two journalism students. Our instructor for the evening, a former home economics teacher, selected a menu of appetizers – her specialty and my favourite! Our ingredients included Fox Hill cheddar cheese, Julien’s Bakery baguette, Noggins apples and … Continue reading Winter Cooking Class Recipes: Local Appetizers 101

For A Cold Winter’s Night: Beef & Ale Stew, Homemade Baguette

A few weeks ago, I surpassed a major landmark on the long, arduous path to being a Grown Up. As a university student and Ontario transplant, I spent my undergraduate years “hosting” my parents and other family members whenever they came to visit me in Halifax. However, “hosting” usually meant getting taken out for nice meals and demanding a trip to the grocery store, where … Continue reading For A Cold Winter’s Night: Beef & Ale Stew, Homemade Baguette