Household Notes September 2018

We are jammed and in a pickle!

It is August as we put this issue together, and there are zucchinis and cucumbers and tomatoes hiding under every leaf. And the blueberries are producing faster than we can pick them; especially since every handful of blueberries is accompanied by an equal number of mosquito bites. Now I can see the daily growth of wild blackberries, and the apples are ripening. Oh dear, time to breathe.

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Household Notes December 2017

   It’s almost December and people are getting their holiday baking planned, prepped, and packaged. Full disclosure: I don’t like gummy anythings – not in food, on food, or even sitting on a plate staring at me with their little gooey eyes. Some people love their traditional gum drop cakes, cookies, squares, breads, and even martinis. Not even alcohol can bring gummies to my lips. But that’s okay. I’m here to share readers’ favourites, and I’m happy to offer two gum drop recipes this issue.

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Household Notes July-August 2017

We are offering some not-too-labour-intensive foods and tips this issue. It’s summer and we should be outside doing things or not doing anything. Soak up that healing summer sun and air while we have it. Any of the great fresh food available now that you can put in a crock, or freeze for later processing – do it. And for the rest, eat fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables.

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Household Notes May 2017

Lots of vegetables, a few sweet treats, and some help cleaning up the kitchen. Who could ask for more? Well, I could. Anyone with hens will be finding more golden eggs from now on. Or white, or green, or even pink.  And those who don’t have eggs will have easier access to farm fresh orbs at farmers’ markets and from neighbours with their “fresh eggs for sale” sign at the end of the driveway.

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Household Notes Jan-Feb 2017

Snow, and rain, and freezing, and melting. Must be winter. No matter, there is always tomorrow. The sun may shine or we could get hail. We still need to put food on the table and find ways to keep home and hearth from falling into chaos around us. We have a grain-based salad that comes together easily and will bring a spark of colour and a zip of citrus to a dismal winter day. Oh, and a lovely potato vindaloo to fill your kitchen and your tummy with warmth. Plus a delicious bread to slather with butter and cheese and eat curled up by the fire with a big mug of coffee or tea. 

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Household Notes December 2016

We have received some great holiday recipes, and more, for this issue. Thank you to everyone who took the time to gather their favourites for us. Judging by what you sent, our readers have wonderful Christmas traditions. We are delighted you have shared with us. No figgy pudding? No, none at all. Not everyone in the DvL office family is a fig fan, so we offer special thanks that no readers sent us any figgy recipes.

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