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Squash are nutrition all-stars

Prairie Fare: They’re decorative, but they’re also delicious and healthy

We live an exciting life,” my husband commented as he flipped a butternut squash on its side. We were at a grocery store on a Saturday evening. An attractive display of colourful squash and pumpkins caught my eye, and I pulled my phone out of my purse to take a photo. I stepped back to […] Read more


Does your stomach ever interrupt your work?

Prairie Fare: Eating breakfast has many benefits for people of all ages

Oh, no, I thought to myself. My stomach was going to growl loudly enough to interrupt a meeting. This is more than a little embarrassing, especially among casual acquaintances. I usually grab a small snack before I go to a 10 a.m. meeting, but I answered a phone call. I grabbed a water bottle and […] Read more



Enjoy more apples this season

Prairie Fare: Apples are more than just tasty snacks, they’re good for your health

We didn’t get any apples on our apple tree this year,” my 19-year-old daughter lamented. “Not even one.” My neighbours cut down their aging apple tree last year, so that probably had something to do with our fruitless tree. According to NDSU Extension information written by our horticulture specialists, “many tree fruit cultivars cannot set […] Read more


Bowl of fresh salsa dip isolated on white background

My favourite salsa recipes

It’s the perfect way to preserve extra tomatoes from the garden

Some people love this time of year because of the changing colour of leaves, the rumble of the combine or the kids going back to school. I love it because of the fresh garden tomatoes and homemade salsa. If you’ve never made your own fresh salsa, stop everything and make a batch right now; you’re […] Read more



In a pickle over a side dish?

Prairie Fare: Pickles can be made from almost any vegetable or many fruits

Please enjoy these fresh pickles. Your food will be out shortly,” the server said as she placed a plate of cucumber slices in front of us. They were sprinkled with dill weed and had a nice crunch. I was in a restaurant in another state, and the somewhat sweet yet vinegary flavour and crisp texture […] Read more


Ovens are for baking, not canning

Prairie Fare: To avoid foodborne illnesses, use research-tested recipes and follow them carefully

In the past few weeks, I fielded questions for some of our extension agents while they took well-earned annual leave. I learned a lot about what people do as they harvest their bountiful garden produce. As the questions reached my office, I also began exploring the internet to see what was being shared by some […] Read more



Make snack attacks count

Prairie Fare: Keep your snacks simple and healthful for best results

Make sure your seatbelts are buckled and all carry-ons are properly stowed,” the flight attendant said. I pushed my purse under the seat with my foot, cinched my seatbelt and settled in by the window. Then I realized that my reading materials also were properly stowed in the overhead bin, which was closed. I had […] Read more


Onions offer layers of goodness

Onions can be eaten raw or cooked, and they are available in a wide range of sizes and colours

As I examined the maturing produce in our garden, I decided not to harvest any onions. Although the stems were sturdy and green, the onion bulbs were fairly small. Young onions are tasty, but I gave them the opportunity to grow. Whenever I look at onions growing in our garden, I remember “the year of […] Read more



Enjoying Manitoba’s sweet corn season

There’s nothing quite like fresh locally grown corn on the cob

Do you remember a time when corn on the cob was only available for a limited time each year? When sweet corn had to be cooked just hours after being picked? When corn on the cob was served for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two weeks straight? I always loved corn season, but by the […] Read more


Gazpacho is a refreshing change in hot weather

Tomatoes, an ingredient in gazpacho, are rich in nutrients and low in calories

We’re going to have cold soup,” I said to my older daughter and husband. We were in our kitchen talking about the upcoming evening meal. “Gross,” my daughter remarked. She likes soup but expects it to be hot. I gathered tomatoes, red and green peppers, celery, an onion, a lemon and a cucumber, along with […] Read more