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Beef demand soars as consumers ‘aggressively’ stock up

Surge in sales accompanied by a jump in people looking online for recipes

Canada’s beef demand has been strong during the pandemic. “Unlike previous disease outbreak issues, COVID-19 has not been about food safety or consumer confidence or issues with food products,” Canada Beef president Michael Young said during a recent online town hall. “Beef demand at retail is up 50 to 70 per cent. Consumers have aggressively

Manitoba Flavours: Discover your favourite apple

From local choices to commercial favourites, plus an Apple and Cranberry Cobbler recipe

If I had to choose a favourite fruit, I wouldn’t hesitate to say apples. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t enjoy an apple in one form or another. But if I had to choose a favourite type of apple, I’d have a much harder time selecting just one. I love that apples come


Host Dez Daniels, Susan Riese (Manitoba Pork), and Aaron Alblas (Manitoba Liquor Mart).

Television show serves up 30 years of ‘Great Tastes’

Manitoba’s longest-running local show highlights farming families, relatable dishes in its 30th season

Early this month, Manitoba’s longest-running local cooking show began its 30th season. “Great Tastes of Manitoba” began when a committee of representatives from various producer boards and associations conceptualized it in the spring of 1990. The first show went to air in November of 1990, and it has been on the air ever since. Thirty

Manitoba Flavours: Pomegranate Feta Turkey Burger

Plus, Carrot and Turnip Casserole

Pomegranate Feta Turkey Burger Patties 6 oz. block feta cheese 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb ground turkey 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 1/2 tsp dried thyme Sauce 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 2 tsp cornstarch 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced 4 cardamom pods (optional) 2 tsp sugar 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Manitoba Flavours: Irish Pork Stew

Plus, Velvety Bean Bread

Irish Pork Stew Ingredients 1/3 c. / 80 ml all-purpose flour 1 tsp. / 5 ml salt 1/4 tsp. / 1 ml ground black pepper 2 lbs. / 1 kg pork stewing cubes, well trimmed 1 tbsp. / 15 ml canola oil 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 c. /


Grilled margarita pork chops.

Manitoba Flavours: Grilled Margarita Chops

Plus, Chicken Salad Chapala and a Honey-Cumin Vinaigrette

Grilled Margarita Chops Ingredients 4 pork rib chops, bone-in, about 1-1/2 inch Juice of 2 limes 2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. EACH garlic powder, dried oregano leaves and ground cumin 1/2 tsp. EACH coarse salt and chipotle chili powder 3 tbsp. tequila 2 tbsp. canola oilChopped fresh cilantro and wedges of lime for garnish

Manitoba Flavours: Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Plus, Broccoli and Cheddar White Bean Spread

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients 1 tbsp. (15 ml) canola oil 1 c. (250 ml) chopped yellow onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb. (0.5 kg) lean ground pork 1 10-oz. (284-ml) can sodium-reduced beef broth 2 tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste 2 tbsp. (30 ml) chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp. (5 ml) chopped fresh thyme

Manitoba Flavours: One-Pan Chicken Dijon

Plus, BBQ Chicken Bacon Bites

One Pan Chicken Dijon Ingredients 2 tbsp. canola or olive oil 8 medium chicken drumsticks (about 2 lbs.) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 small finely chopped onion 4 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth 1 tsp. ground coriander 1/2 tsp. dried basil 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard (or grainy Dijon


Manitoba Flavours: Brown Sugar Glazed Chops

Plus, try this Brown Rice and Toasted Bean Salad as a complement

Brown Sugar Glazed Chops Ingredients 1/2 c. (125 ml) packed brown sugar 1/2 c. (125 ml) apple juice 1/4 c. (50 ml) canola oil 1 tbsp. (15 ml) sodium-reduced soy sauce 1/2 tsp. (2 ml) ground ginger 1 tbsp. (15 ml) cornstarch 1/2 c. (125 ml) water Salt and ground black pepper to taste 6

When buying strawberries, look for fruits that are bright red with green caps and are free from moisture or bruising.

Enjoy seasonal strawberries

This is when strawberries are at peak quality and, usually, a lower price

I remember the “you-pick” strawberry patches we would visit in the early summer when I was a kid. You could see the plump, red berries peeking out from under the green foliage. I thought walking down the rows in a large field of strawberries was fun. I also remember a lady in a broad-brimmed floppy