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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

Enjoy your time together as a family outdoors, and don’t forget hydrating drinks and sunscreen.

Enjoy lounging outdoors with a refreshing beverage

It doesn’t take much to dress up plain water for a healthy treat

Wait. Stop the van,” I said to my husband. He knew what I saw and pulled to the side of the street. “We can fix them!” I said with enthusiasm. He sighed rather heavily. Yes, he’s usually the fixer and I am the painter. Actually, sometimes I just decide where to put things. I had


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

Planning your preserves

Now is a good time to think about what your summer calendar looks like, how you’re going to manage your freezer space and how you’ll fit in preserving all of your favourites

As I finish planting the last of my garden, my thoughts turn to preserving. It seems early to think about canning, jamming and freezing, but now’s the perfect time to plan what, when and how I will preserve my favourite fruits and vegetables. Unlike last year, I do not want to miss blueberry season again.

It’s not easy understanding how credible information is these days.

Evaluating health information in a high-tech world

Reliability and trustworthy sources are vitally important when making health decisions

“I can’t understand what you are saying,” the female voice said. I was listening to music as I drove in unfamiliar territory. I thought a radio announcer was commenting to a guest. “I can’t understand what you are saying,” the voice said again. “I’m not saying anything,” I replied automatically, slightly startled. Was my phone


Spring cleaning is a great excuse to wash and disinfect the kitchen.

Are you inspired to do some spring cleaning?

Spring cleaning, especially in the kitchen, can have multiple health benefits

As I looked around my office, the inspiration for this weekly column was right in front of me. Spring cleaning needs to be on my to-do list. Fortunately, my office isn’t dusty, and the carpet was vacuumed recently. However, piles of paper accumulated on my desk and table during the winter, just like the deep

Most of us enjoy peanuts as a tasty snack, but to others, they’re a deadly allergen.

Peanut allergies are serious business

Peanuts are among the foods most associated with allergic reactions and the symptoms can range from mild to severe

We have someone with a severe peanut allergy on board, so peanut-containing snacks will not be served,” the flight attendant announced. “Please refrain from eating any of your own snack foods with peanuts as an ingredient for the duration of the trip,” he continued. I had packs of peanut butter crackers and peanuts in my

Fashion, television and nutritional thinking have all changed in the past 40 years.

Looking back on nutrition trends

Though nutrition recommendations have changed over the years, moderation is still key

Where were you in 1979? I know some of my readers were adults at the time. Others were teens or children. Still others weren’t born yet. I was recently at the 40th anniversary meeting of a nutrition group that featured a keynote speaker who walked us through decades of changes in nutrition recommendations. Trust me:


While higher in sugar, brown bananas are a little easier to digest and offer slightly more antioxidants.

Going bananas for brown bananas

Even the ripeness of bananas is a valuable resource in the kitchen

Does the sight of brown spots on bananas make you uneasy or do you enjoy that intense, sweet flavour that comes from brown bananas? If eating freckled bananas right out of the fruit basket isn’t your thing, perhaps some tasty recipes using overripe bananas might pique your interest. Let’s put any fear to rest; brown

Only a kitchen thermometer can tell you for sure if a food item has been cooked safely without overcooking.

Where’s your food thermometer?

If you don’t have this essential piece of kitchen equipment, you need to get one

Hi, I’m Julie. What’s your name?” I asked the woman sitting at the table at a food safety conference. She responded with her name and place of work, and asked me where I work. “I work at North Dakota State University,” I replied. “I went to college there,” she said enthusiastically. “What was your major?”