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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Household Notes November 2016

We have this month several recipes in response to requests from readers and a few responding to our queries. Everything here looks yummy and well worth sharing with family and friends. And all these recipes are easy enough to whip up when an unexpected guest or event pops up. In response to our request for tips to keep food costs down, we received the following note...

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Household Notes October 2016

We have an oat salad, a soup made of greens, and a handful of sauces to serve with your gingerbread. These cool evenings make me think gingerbread season might be just around the corner. It’s still pickle season, however, with some vegetables and fruits available in abundance. Take a bit of time and prepare a few jars of your favorite to stash for those cold dark days.

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Household Notes September 2016

We have yogurt, yogurt, and more yogurt recipes and suggestions this issue. I’m glad to see our readers are making and using their own. I followed Bruce and Catherine’s suggestion this week and combined several half-eaten containers of plain yogurt in a cheesecloth bag and made a delicious soft cheese that I combined with lots of garlic and onion tops and have been serving on toast, on pasta, and on steamed vegetables all week.

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Household Notes May 2016

Once again, this month we are not devoted to any one course, or ingredient, or style of preparation. Maybe my love of hodge-podge is reflected in my enjoyment of the variety of recipes you send. Now the weather is changing and days are longer and there are better places to be than indoors. Please send us some quick and easy ideas for feeding a few or a group with good local ingredients.

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Household Notes Jan-Feb 2016

We have a lovely selection of soups this issue. Our readers pulled out their favorite recipes, and we’re delighted to be able to share them. There are common elements in several of these recipes, but each has its own twist. On a day like this when we’re dealing with an indefinite power outage, the smell and sight of a pot of soup simmering on the wood stove provides a welcome pleasure.

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Household Notes December 2015

December seems to arrive faster than any other month. There’s so much to do in autumn that I’m still working on my fall chores when winter lands with a wallop. And that wallop usually includes not just snow and ice, but the madness that passes for Christmas in any urban area. I lean into the garish and loud stores much as I lean into the north blasts of wind and snow.

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