Recipe Intangibles

  A tablespoon of this, a quart of that, a dash of this, a splash of that – all recipes have certain measurements. Some chefs are less precise, using more subjective quantities such as a handful, two finger-widths, or tennis-ball-sized; others claim no measuring is needed at all, as long as your culinary experience allows … Read More

New Opportunities for Local Wines

  Hello Ontario! A mere 234 years after the first farmers’ market was established in Kingston, the Ontario government has seen fit to allow those farmers who turn their crops into wine to take part in the community. Consumers are now able to enjoy one-stop local shopping, purchasing their fresh local groceries, and sampling and … Read More

Sow What?

Everything old is new again. Only a few generations ago, most people, not only gardeners, would have taken advantage of the entire growing season to maximize their yield for winter storage. It was a way of life. Extending the season by understanding which vegetables are more cold tolerant and their days to maturity (from seed … Read More


    Travel has been a lifelong passion of mine, and several years ago I established a travel bucket list — with Vietnam at the top.At long last (and after several diversions), I traveled to Vietnam on a photography tour in April. I discovered and enjoyed an amazing country, people and cuisine.After a long but … Read More

The Arts & Cookery Bank

  For over four years, The Arts & Cookery Bank on 242 Graham Road in West Lorne has served as a treasure trove of culinary learning opportunities.Created as a living legacy to promote appreciation for the agricultural community’s history and having modern day relevance, this unique venture illustrates the magic that can occur through an … Read More

Shakespeare to the Shoreline

 Local culinary tourism is all around us this summer and one idyllic trip is made easy by following the Shakespeare to the Shoreline driving route, which focuses on food locations in the vicinity of Highway 8. All that’s required is a vehicle, a cooler, and a willingness to wander in search of locally crafted and … Read More

Saffron and “Secrets of the Back Forty”

  After years of travelling concessions and scouting back roads we have begun to notice a renewed prevalence of hand-painted signs and newly erected farmgate stalls at the end of long laneways throughout Huron County’s countryside. The modest chalkboards and hand-crafted wooden signs announce: free run eggs, horseradish, honey, maple syrup, sauerkraut, rhubarb, strawberries, seasonal … Read More

“Nouveau Ontario” , in Stratford

    After a delicious lunch at Mercer Hall, we made a mid-afternoon reservation for dinner at The Restaurant at The Bruce Hotel. Owner Jennifer Birmingham handles the reservation personally, which allows us the opportunity to inquire about the chandeliers in the dining room that I have been thinking about since my last visit. They … Read More

The Forest Feast

If it’s true that we eat with our eyes then The Forest Feast, Simple Vegetarian Recipes from my Cabin in the Woods, by Erin Gleeson, will leave you as satisfied as any meal you’ve ever had. Erin Gleeson was a successful photographer and teacher in New York for eight years. When she wasn’t working at … Read More