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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Household Notes October 2015

Old time (pickle) religion
As I look at recipes we have on file, my eye is most often drawn to old-style recipes and ingredients. I am not a strict adherent to the four ingredient limit, but I like the timelessness of few ingredients, whole products, and simple preparation.  I enjoy a jar of pickles with lots of different little morsels floating around in the sauce, but I rarely use those recipes at home. 

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Household Notes September 2015

Slow bread and pickle time
    Pickles and fresh bread. Sounds to me like a good autumn lunch. Here are a few recipes for you to try, and hopefully add to your selection of favorites.
    Jeannie Furlong sent us a couple pickle recipes with the following note:
    “These are recipes I use every year. They are in a hand written scribbler that my mother saved for all her favorite recipes. They turn out well every time and my kids and now my grandkids love them.”

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Household Notes July-August 2015

This little goat went to market . . .

We have a couple goat cheese recipes this issue. We’ll start with a salad and end with a cake. Bookended goat cheese, yum. 

STRAWBERRY GOAT CHEESE SALAD
Liz MacLeod, Sydney River, N.S.
    “A nice change from plain green salad. I had this at my son’s preschool parents’ appreciation lunch last year.”

2 cups salad greens 
1/4 red onion 
12 strawberries 
1 avocado
1/2 cup walnuts 
1/2 cup goat cheese 
Dressing:
6 strawberries 
4 tablespoons olive oil 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
pinch salt 

    In a dry frying pan, toast the walnuts for about five minutes, stirring constantly. Watch closely so the walnuts don’t burn. Slice the onion and the avocado, and quarter the strawberries. Chop the walnuts and crumble the cheese. Mix the ingredients together gently over the greens.
    Chop the six strawberries for the dressing. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.

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