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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 celebration of Saskatchewan life. Available in both print and electronic formats, it makes a perfect gift for yourself or a friend. You can subscribe at  

Amanda and Rob Soulodre have recently purchased Prairies North, and the spring 2018 issue is their first release. I am pleased to be on board for the birth of their new endeavour. Spring also marks Amanda and Rob's tenth anniversary as owners and publishers of Saskatoon Home Magazine, another major accomplishment.

I can relate to Rob and Amanda in many ways. My father was a newspaper publisher and editor, while my mother operated the linotype and took photographs. They worked together on their weekly publication as newlyweds. I have fond memories of my early childhood in our newspaper office. 

1947 photos, my parents, Oliver and Roberta


My husband and I also enjoy an entrepreneurial life, and I understand the joys and potential pitfalls of working with one's spouse. Amanda and Rob have similar goals, but different strengths, and have created what seems like a stress-free flow of responsibilities. I think their working relationship is successful because of their excellent communication skills and the mutual respect they have for each other’s abilities.   

I have made a few changes at to help Prairies North readers find the additional recipes mentioned in the magazine. Only about a third of my blogs are recipe-based, so I have added a feature to facilitate the search. There is a recipe tab on the far right of the home page. When you hover over that tab, you will notice a drop-down list of categories. Clicking on a category will take you to a list of From the Cookie Jar blogs that include recipes of that type. Please take a moment to visit the site, look for recipes, read and print one, and leave me a comment if you have any suggestions.  

My first Prairies North magazine column includes a recipe for glamourizing a cured picnic shoulder. I firmly believe that side dishes make a meal special, so I have mentioned several of my favourite accompaniments in the article. Cranberry Corn Bread, Simply Delicious Coleslaw, and Oven-Baked Rice Medley are recipes worth making. I suggest making Slow Cooker Pea Soup, which calls for a picnic shoulder or ham bone. I hope magazine readers will visit and easily find Cranberry Corn Bread in the Bread and Muffins category or Simply Delicious Coleslaw under Salads.

Thank you, in advance, for your help and for subscribing to From the Cookie Jar. In April of 2018, I will celebrate five years of writing From the Cookie Jar. Some of my subscribers will be receiving amazing prizes. Maybe you will be one of them!






Comments (8)

  • Bev Gardner March 10, 2018 at 01:33 pm

    Congrats Maureen!! Look forward to seeing your articles! First one is nostalgic😀👍

  • Marion Murawsky March 8, 2018 at 11:17 am


    So excited for you and Can't wait to see the new magazine!!!


  • Shannon Kelly March 6, 2018 at 07:11 pm

    So excited for you Maureen and I look forward to seeing your articles

  • pearl hipkin March 6, 2018 at 01:40 pm

    CongratulationsLooking forward to seeing your recipes in Prairies North! We love the magazine!
    Love The Cookie Jar also.

  • Layne Strelic March 6, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I love your picture with your cookbook. You look so happy and proud!

  • Gayle Senger March 5, 2018 at 03:52 pm

    Love your articles. BUT it seems the comment section doesn't accept my correct email address. Will try again. It's nice hearing from you.

  • The Boy March 5, 2018 at 03:46 pm

    Isn't it time for another ham delight? Really, who wouldn't like a brandy, brown sugar and cherry juice glaze? It's addicting, so beware! Take it from one who should join a twelve step program after one bite. Yummy.....

  • Doreen Thiessen March 5, 2018 at 03:45 pm

    Congratulations, Maureen! Looking forward to seeing your recipes in Prairies North! You are amazing with all of your projects! I am familiar with this magazine! Love the entrepreneurial spirit of our Saskatchewan people, such as yourselves and Amanda and Rob!
    There is a lot of hard work, and many long hours to be successful as an entrepreneur!

    We are at the Homestyle Show as Sunterra Ridge. Stop by for a chat if you are out there.

    Hats off to all of our Saskatchewan entrepreurs!! 😎

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