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Remembering Summer: Canning Peaches

It’s this time of year where I really start to appreciate all the work I put into canning in the summer (and lament that I didn’t make enough of some things – like salsa!).

I’ve been lucky to have someone to can with each summer. Canning dates with my sister-in-law, Brittany, have been so fun. Each year we get a bit more adventurous and try out new things.

A Family of Bakers / New Year's Cookies

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by all the baking skills in my family. That’s why up until now, I’ve stuck with cooking. That’s my domain. My mother and my Oma are amazing bakers and I’ve always had the privilege of enjoying their baking. But I realize that my Oma won’t be around forever, and the only way I’m going to learn is to bake with her. And baking with her is turning out to be the most memorable time I’ve spent with her. The recipes that she uses aren’t like the recipes I use. They aren’t complete. You’re just expected to know what to do once you read the list of ingredients.

My Food Story Part 3: The Big City (Toronto)

In my last months in Edmonton I became a food sleuth. My grocery store visits got longer and longer. I would examine each piece of produce, the sign about it describing its origins and price, and then the sticker on the fruit to see whether that matched up with the sign. I couldn’t take my then boyfriend/fiancée along to the grocery store. He didn’t have the patience for this meticulousness. But I had to know more about where my food came from.

Simply in Season: My First and Favourite Cookbook

My First Cookbook

Simply in Season is the cookbook that got me cooking when I left home for university. It was one of the first cookbooks that I purchased and it was probably my only cookbook for a while (besides the few photocopied and emailed recipes I had from my mother when I moved out).

Eat It: Tasty Food Lit

In the waiting room

Eat It was slim enough to fit in my purse and go with me wherever I went. Each contributor’s article may be just a page or a few, but I felt a connection to each writer and was laughing out loud in the waiting room and smiling to myself in public. I had to look around to see if anyone else caught me in my enjoyment.

 

At Word on the Street

Halifax & Nova Scotia Food Scene

I’m back from a wonderful five days in Nova Scotia. It was a good mix of touring around and meetings. Last year I visited Nova Scotia in the middle of winter when it was rainy (it was early winter) and cold. So it was great to have the chance to visit when the province is at the peak of harvest season when the fall colours are vibrant. I realize that I just missed City Harvest in Halifax, so I’ll have to check that out next year.

My Food Story Part 2: University

My love of food spills over into every aspect of my life including my writing and editing work. I’d just like to share a bit of that story with you. This is part 2 of a 3-part series.

 

Living with Roommates

Like many young adults, my real interest in cooking began when I moved out for university.

My favourite part about moving out was the great roommates that I had. There were five of us women in one house. We all went about our own university lives, but we were intentional about getting together to share food.

 

A Road Trip

A Road Trip

Last month, my husband and I went on a road trip in California. It was a welcome relief from a crazy winter of study. We shifted from work mode into vacation mode quite easily, but there was another shift that we had to make.

Rather than planning our trip out day-by-day with a rental car and a new hotel each night, we decided to go California style and rent a VW camper van. This way we could stop wherever we were and not have a set itinerary.

Book Response: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

I remember getting my first copy of Charlotte’s Web when I was in grade 1. The Christmas tree was in the living room window and I lay down right in front of it on my back with the book raised in the air. I was so excited to read it. My Dad caught on to my excitement and lay down beside me to read it aloud.

One of the first illustrations in the book is of Avery Arable. It was exciting for me to find a book where one of the characters had the same name as me. It didn’t matter whether or not his role was big or small – he had the same name!

My Food Story Part 1: Childhood

My love of food spills over into every aspect of my life including my writing and editing work. I’d just like to share a bit of that story with you. This is Part 1 of a 3-part series.

Good Food and Family

My appreciation for good wholesome food began with family gatherings where we would share food around the table. There would be a spread of freshly made buns, fruits, vegetables, cheese, cold cuts, and of course, baked goods. There are many amazing bakers in my family. Since that role is already filled, I gravitate to towards cooking, but that is a story for another day.

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