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Are rhubarb and tomatoes fruits or vegetables?

Whether produce is a fruit or veggie often depends on your perspective and how you use it

For roll call, please say your favourite vegetable,” our club officer announced. I was at a meeting of PEO, which is a philanthropic educational organization for women. We in Chapter V are getting to know each other a little better every month by answering questions for roll call. The officer stated green beans as her […] Read more


Is milk good for you?

Don't listen to detractors, milk has many health benefits

I recently visited a dairy farm and especially admired the 24-hour-old calves. They already were up walking around one day after birth. We humans take about a year to do that. A Brown Swiss calf with long eyelashes and I bonded. It licked my hand with its rough tongue and I was carried back to […] Read more



Does sleep evade you on some nights?

One out of three people experiences sleep issues at least on occasion

I opened the hotel room door and glanced around the room. I rolled my suitcase in and parked it by the window. Then I took some things out of the suitcase to bring to the bathroom. On the way, I noticed an empty water bottle lying on the floor. Oh, the maid missed it, I […] Read more


Reap the benefits of family mealtimes

Prairie Fare: Regular family meals can strengthen relationships and help children do better in school

Should we go see a hawk?” my son asked after we finished eating dinner with the rest of our family. He was about 11 at the time. “Sure. Maybe we will see Spock on the way,” I replied. Back then, my son and I had to be a little devious about using words that rhymed […] Read more



Grow your own herbal tea garden

Prairie Fare: Apple and rhubarb herbal tea blend

This summer, consider growing your own herbal tea garden. Not only will you enjoy amazing flavours as you harvest your herbs, but you’ll enjoy lovely foliage and flowers in your garden all summer long. Luckily for us, tea herbs are easy to grow and require relatively little care. Most thrive in full sun in average, […] Read more


Eat your asparagus

Asparagus is a nutritional star that is high in fibre, several vitamins and minerals

I opened the refrigerator and noted the large bunch of dark-green asparagus. I had purchased two bunches of asparagus recently and used one of them. We rinsed and trimmed the ends of the first bunch of asparagus, then we drizzled it with olive oil and grilled it on a perforated grilling pan. It cooked quickly […] Read more



The truth behind nutrition and health headlines

Asking questions is a great start when it comes to sorting fact from fiction

“An intern was asking how many cans of pop you drink a day,” one of our program assistants commented a few years ago.“She said you carry around a can of soda all day,” the program assistant continued with a laugh.She knew the truth and was teasing me. “It’s the same can!” I replied. “After I […] Read more


Time for an oil change?

Oils are generally more healthful than solid fats, but they can become rancid more quickly

Have you ever been startled by the unpleasant aroma of a previously opened container of oil or solid shortening? I have a recipe that works best with a particular type of solid shortening. I hadn’t made the recipe for several months, so I reached into the cupboard and pulled out the container. When I opened […] Read more



Eat your weeds

Prairie Fare: Some of those pesky plant pests are good for you

Chances are you have a few dandelions, chickweed, purslane, lamb’s quarters or even stinging nettle growing in your yard. Keeping up with these vigorous growers is a constant chore. To make the task a little more fun this year, why not try eating them? That’s right, eat your garden weeds. Eating weeds is not as […] Read more


Table etiquette 101

Prairie Fare: It’s a rare thing in this busy era, but try to have a dining experience now and then

Mom, just because they put it on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it,” my 12-year-old commented as we sat at a table at a culinary college in another state. Every time I finished a slice of fresh bread, one of the attentive culinary students placed another slice on my plate. I finally […] Read more