Comfort food… Potato Bacon soup

Cold rainy days of fall means comfort food. Comfort food means many things to many people. For some, it’s ice cream sandwich, for others it’s a big plate of pasta. For me, it’s anything with potatoes. I could eat potatoes 100 different ways, and never tire of them. I blame my Irish roots for that….

Too much of a good thing – Small batch Peach BBQ sauce

Have you ever overdone it on a good thing? For my sister it was cotton candy ice cream. My mother it was dish-wear. For a friend it was wall paper… it looked good in the store. BBQ sauce and I have an assorted past. One summer I got it in my head I was going…

Breaking the Fussy Eater- Canned Sloppy joe

It may seem a little deep South to consider canning ground meat. I have found recently in this dead heat, home canned meat is extremely handy and tasty to have on hand. I totally understand why they can it now with all this heat – (insert Canadian whine about 40 degree temps) The evening went…

I will not can in a box – Beef stew (canned)

Ok I will admit I had huge fears when it came to canning. Ok not regular canning – pressure canning. It – along with many great things in life – has become taboo – I had heard the stories of great aunt Lucy having her canner explode. Stories of low acid veg going bad and…

Behind closed doors – Vegan Bouillon Base

If I asked you what was tucked away at the very back of your cupboard right now, could you answer without looking? Do you actually know what is behind your closed doors? Perhaps we may want to take inventory, while we still have spare time. Until we took our doors off our cupboards to paint,…

Ghost of Sauces past… Home Canned Pasta Sauce

Food memories, they are a strong force. I have read in psychology books that when a memory is coupled with taste or smell it lasting power is strengthened. That is why particular foods have effect on us. How your mother made bread, or dad’s burgers. I don’t have many distinct food memories that I can…

Grilling Season – Veg Tofu Kabobs

Weather is finally warming up …again. Perfect for the BBQ. What is it about the BBQ that makes food taste so good? Flame kissed peppers, garlic and onions. It instantly makes food tastier – it is like it’s more authentic of a flavour. The best of BBQ is you do not need to get fancy…although…

Fandoms and Summer Rolls

Like Lucas and Trekkie fans – there seems to be two very different camps in tofu. Those who refuse tofu, call it a product of a Sith lord, that it throws of the balance of the force and it should be eradicated off the face of the planet. Then there are those for it, see…

Pie Crusts & Happy Thoughts

What are your happy thoughts, the kind you think of and immediately smile? Perhaps it’s your Bff, your kids, or even your dog. Maybe its a song on the radio, your latest nail polish color or binge watching your netflix drama. Summer, summer makes me happy. Clean sheets on the line, kids running in the…

Food Scars and Pizza

Do you have a food scar? You know, a food you had that left such a negative impact on your life that you will never eat it again. I do. For me, it’s my mother’s tuna casserole. Ask my sister … she knows of said scar. If you wonder what is soooo terrible, let me…