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03 May

Clues for Solving the Great Hosiery Mystery

The word hosiery refers to stockings, tights, and socks, collectively. I use the word tights when I am speaking about opaque or semi-opaque hosiery. I enjoy wearing an expanded offering of tights in the winter. The choices in colour, texture, and fibres add spice to a winter wardrobe and enhance the look of boots. In spring, I ...  Continue Reading

23 Apr

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

I have several recipes for soft pumpkin cookies, but I am sharing my favourite today. This version was published in a book titled Better Food for Kids, written by registered dieticians Joanne Saab and Daina Kalnins, who were working at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at the time of publication. The recipe was not inc...  Continue Reading

16 Apr

Gertrude's Molasses Crinkles

Preheat oven to 375° F Moist Ingredients: 1 cup of packed brown sugar ¾ of a cup of shortening or lard (partially butter, if desired) ¼ cup of cooking molasses 1 egg Mix the above until it is smooth. Dry Ingredients: 2¼ cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking soda 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ...  Continue Reading

06 Apr

Controversial Names for Vintage Recipes

I have changed the name of my husband’s favourite cookies since a British friend informed me that Nig Nog Cookies might be offensive. I was saddened to hear this and did some research. Nig nog is thought to be the shortened version of nigmenog, a late 17thcentury word meaning very silly person. The original word is not offens...  Continue Reading

14 Mar

Honouring Saskatchewan Artisans

I have a small collection of handmade fashion pieces and each item has a story. Creative people with amazing hands have made these treasures. Some are heirlooms already, and the rest will take their place in our family history, eventually. I often carry my late mother’s tiny clutch bag, which was made by my great uncle in the ...  Continue Reading

05 Mar

Ink is the Link

Meet Amanda and Rob Soulodre, busy Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.    I am thrilled to be writing a food column for Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan. My first article appears in the March 1, 2018, issue. I have subscribed to this colourful Saskatchewan publication for twenty years, and I consider it to be a celebrati...  Continue Reading

26 Feb

Oven-Baked Rice Medley

Preheat oven to 350°F Try this oven-baked rice recipe. It bakes in 30 minutes at 350°F, so it is ready in the time it takes to rest and carve a roast.  Pour two cups of good quality chicken broth (I prefer Campbell’s Stock First) into an ovenproof casserole and heat on high in the microwave for two minutes per cup. Saut...  Continue Reading

26 Feb

Slow Cooker Pea Soup

The original recipe for this soup was submitted by Claire Lajeunesse-Lewko of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and featured in a Canadian Living slow cooker compilation. Step One: In a large bowl, soak 2 cups of dry yellow split peas in 6 cups of cold water, for twelve to twenty-four hours. I do this after my evening meal so tha...  Continue Reading

13 Feb

A Leather Postcard Romance

I began collecting postcards in fourth grade when my mother, finally, allowed me to participate in a chain letter. The invitation chain letter promised that I would receive hundreds of postcards but would only have to mail four letters. Over the following weeks, I received a mere dozen cards from around the world. As disappointi...  Continue Reading

13 Feb

Simply Delicious Coleslaw

This easy-to-make coleslaw appears on our family’s dinner menus with regularity. The vinaigrette dressing is a tangy alternative to mayonnaise. This coleslaw actually tastes better after spending a couple of days in the fridge, and it keeps well for over a week. I often double or triple the recipe for larger gatherings.    ...  Continue Reading

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