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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



How much food do you toss?

Here are eight tips to help you avoid food waste

A few years ago, I found a container of frosting in my cupboard that required a ladder to retrieve. I had completely forgotten that I had it. When I opened the container, the frosting had the consistency and colour of a tire. The rich brown chocolate was now black. That container ended up in the […] Read more


Be aware of grocery store psychology

Plan menus and make a list before going to the store

I think I will curl up by a pallet of baked beans and take a nap,” my husband commented. I think he was in a “food coma.” My husband and I had just completed a hearty breakfast at a nearby restaurant. We followed our breakfast with a trip to a warehouse-type grocery store. “I don’t […] Read more



Have you enjoyed an egg lately?

Prairie Fare: Eggs aren’t just cheap, delicious and convenient — they’re also among nature’s most nutritious foods

When I was young, my family often purchased eggs from a local farmer. He knew that I really liked brown eggs. I think he enjoyed seeing me run to the door and open the cartons. I grinned broadly when the cartons were populated with brown eggs. I thought brown eggs tasted better in my favourite […] Read more


Does timing of meals affect health?

It turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, according to a recent study

They’re cagey. I fed them at 3 a.m.,” he noted. “You already fed them? Jake was barking, so I got up and fed them at 4:30 so you could sleep,” I responded. Yes, our three dachshunds are like infants who demand early-morning feedings. I got up with our three human kids when they were babies, […] Read more



Freeze-ahead convenience foods

You can either make intentional freezer meals or just double up recipes and freeze some for later

It won’t be long until spring gets underway and winter routines are replaced by long hours of field work. Knowing what lies ahead, now is a good time to start stashing away a few freezer meals to lighten the load. Making freezer meals is easy and convenient. It can be as simple as doubling a […] Read more


A ‘new-old’ food business celebrates cross-Canada ties

Prairie Fare: Avion Harvest’s first incarnation marketed yellow peas to Quebec cooks

Canadians are planning many celebrations for our 150th year, and guaranteed these events will revolve around lots and lots of food. Expect to consume, for example, copious amounts of ultra-Canuck and super-delicious pea soup. Pea soup’s been around awhile. It would have fuelled French explorer Samuel de Champlain and his crew as they rolled in […] Read more



Superfoods aren’t superheroes

Trendy foods are no cure-all or replacement for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle


Every year, popular magazines and trend watchers release lists of must-eat “superfoods” that will boost our health and overall well-being. The idea sounds appealing — eat this food and you’ll feel great and improve your health. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy — superfoods are not the superheroes they’re made out to be. The concept of […] Read more


Cook quickly with canned foods

Canned fruits and vegetables can help us meet our nutrition requirements

Back when I was in college, my roommates and I relied on canned food and other staples such as rice and pasta for quick, economical meals. We mixed in some fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, too, of course. Preparing canned food was faster, though. One of my roommates was famous for her “mono-meals,” or one-item […] Read more