Soup Season: Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out

There’s nothing that makes the transition from fall to winter easier than the smell of soup simmering on the stove (and warming our bellies). Soup is warming, healthy, nourishing and affordable. It’s a versatile meal for all seasons — from light bisques to brothy bowls to hearty meals. It can be an appetizer or the main, and is adaptable to all sorts of dietary interests, … Continue reading Soup Season: Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out

Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

Canning season is in full bloom. It’s right about now when we place bulk tomato orders with farms for canned soups, sauces, and salsa for the year. Tomatoes are one of our favourite things to preserve. Canning your own is often more affordable than purchasing tomato-based products, and a jar of salsa in January is a taste of summer all over again. Here are some … Continue reading Four Ways to Can Tomatoes: Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, Quartered Tomatoes and Chow

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Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Fresh Pasta, Dips and Maple Ice Cream

The third and final class of the Promises of Spring local food cooking class series was taught by yet another Ecology Action Centre staff member – Jennifer West, Groundwater Coordinator AND lover of local food! I had been looking forward to this class for quite some time as it included handmade pasta. While Jen brought a handy tool for thinning and cutting the pasta, it is … Continue reading Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Fresh Pasta, Dips and Maple Ice Cream

Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Spinach and Egg Drop Soup, Mussels with Mint

The second class in the Spring Series was taught by two EAC staffers. Mark, the EAC Policy Director, recently impressed the whole office one afternoon with a big batch of spinach and egg drop soup with parmesan cheese. After eating most of what was meant to be Mark’s lunch, we all agreed that Mark just had to lead a local food cooking class. Mark decided … Continue reading Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Spinach and Egg Drop Soup, Mussels with Mint

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Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Carrot Ginger Soup, Spaghetti Squash

Throughout March we held our Promises of Spring cooking series.  Here are the recipes from the first class.  Stay tuned for recipes from classes 2 & 3.

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The days are getting longer but the cool breeze still blows. Bronwyn and Erin have just the menu for this type of weather. So, take a trip to the farmer’s market while the sun is shining and warm, then gather your pots and pans and get ready to enjoy an afternoon in a cozy kitchen. Continue reading “Spring Cooking Class Recipes: Carrot Ginger Soup, Spaghetti Squash”

Summer Cooking Class Recipes: Curry, Hodge Podge and more

Before we head into the fall cooking series, we wanted to fill you in on our cooking workshops from the summer.

We kicked off our Intergenerational Food Connectors Project with a summer cooking series.  On July 14, 21, and 28 we gathered to learn from our experienced instructors.  Recipes ranged from Indian dishes to traditional Nova Scotian fare.  We also had two local farmers stop by, Dave Bethune and Amy Lounder, to share their farming experiences with us. Continue reading “Summer Cooking Class Recipes: Curry, Hodge Podge and more”

Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Family Secrets

August 2010 For the month of August, I babysat my sister’s house and her car. While I did not want to develop a car dependency – unsustainable since the keys would be ripped from my fingers upon my sister’s return – I thought I might as well take advantage while I had the chance. The result was three jars of sun-dried tomatoes. Here’s how it … Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Family Secrets