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The difference between a food recall and a food outbreak

Prairie Fare: An outbreak means at least two people have the same foodborne illness from the same contaminated food or drink

As I pushed a cart through a retail store, my husband motioned for me to join him. He was looking at something and grinning. When I reached the kitchen towel display, I laughed. I perused the funny sayings printed on the towels. He pointed at a towel that said, “Many have eaten here. Few have […] Read more


Eat more vegetables despite rising prices

You can take steps to eat a better diet while keeping costs down

Eat more vegetables. If you’re looking for one piece of advice for improving your eating habits in 2019, this is it. Look at any food guide across the globe, including the just-released Canadian one, ask any health professional, research recommendations from any chronic disease organization and you’ll find they all recommend eating more vegetables for […] Read more



A dog’s life

We can all learn some health lessons from humanity’s best friend

Jake, do not hurt Abby,” I said to one of our dachshunds. Jake and I locked eyes. I think he winked at me. He had most of Abby’s head in his mouth, like a lion with its prey. By the way, Abby is a year-old dachshund pup we nicknamed “Miss Abby the Troublemaker.” “She was […] Read more


Beware of health scams

Miracle weight loss measures have no long-term success

Hi, this is your grandson,” the caller said to a friend of mine. “Oh, is this my grandson Sam?” she asked. “Yeah, yeah, this is Sam!” he responded. “Well, I don’t have a grandson named Sam,” she told the caller before hanging up. My friend is one clever woman. “We had someone call and say […] Read more



Behaviour changes can help you lose weight

Don’t ‘go on a diet,’ instead make some healthy lifestyle choices that can add up

Most of us have known someone who has been on a weight-loss diet, and perhaps the person lost a considerable amount of weight. Maybe you are pondering weight loss as a goal in the coming weeks or months. We hear weight-loss promotions all around us, especially as we begin a new year. In fact, the […] Read more


Have you tried an air fryer?

If you are interested, do your homework and read the appliance reviews from reputable sources

The past few weeks have been a flurry of gift giving and receiving. Think back to an earlier time when you were hoping for a particular gift. What was it? How did you know about it? Did you receive it? I really, really wanted an Easy Bake Oven. I saw it in the thick catalogue […] Read more



Beautiful vegetable platters for the holidays

Add a delicious, attractive and healthy option to your holiday season fare

Happy holidays! If your holiday season is like ours, food will be a common theme in your festivities. And rightly so. Sharing good food with loved ones is a way of celebrating our good fortune and passing on our traditions, culture, religion and family rituals. In our family, big, beautiful vegetable platters have become part […] Read more


How long does frozen food last?

The quality of frozen food depends on how well it is wrapped

I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you,” a woman informed me one Sunday morning in church. I took a sip of coffee and leaned closer to see if I had an answer. I figured her question might be about food because I know she reads my column. “I have had some pumpkin […] Read more



Can it

Canned goods can help you meet your daily fruit and vegetable requirements

We don’t need any more canned green beans,” my husband announced from the kitchen. I was sitting on the couch in the living room writing a grocery list for a holiday meal. I was wondering what had inspired his comment, so I walked into the kitchen. He had lined up 10 cans of green beans […] Read more


Enjoy an onion

They’re tasty with flavours that run from spicy to sweet and surprisingly nutritious

Raw, sautéed, grilled, caramelized, fried or boiled, onions can be used in many different ways in an endless variety of dishes. In fact, onions are the most commonly used vegetable across the globe. We enjoy them for the crisp, spicy bite they provide when raw and the sweet, savoury depth they add when cooked. And […] Read more