Winter Canning – Blackcurrant Jam

Winter Canning – Blackcurrant Jam

I had a couple of bags of blackcurrants in the freezer from my harvest last summer, and finally got around to make a batch of jam … click on title for more

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Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

I remember cookies as a sweet treat for St. Valentine’s; my mom and I would often bake heart shaped cookies, which I sometimes shared with my friends, and I loved receiving small sweet tokens from them, too. Grageitas (meaning “tiny tablets” or “little sprinkles”), are a classic Mexican confection of bite-size cookies topped with rainbow-coloured sprinkles … click on title for more

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

As we have entered the second half of the winter season (in the Northern hemisphere), lengthening daytimes are becoming more noticeable; vegetable gardeners are experiencing a flaring need to grow (and eat!) something fresh. Many people keep potted edibles indoors, use their grow lights for baby greens and herbs or, as I have been doing for the last couple of years, sprout seeds … click on title for more

Three Sisters Garden

Three Sisters Garden

The name of “Three Sisters” was given by Native American nations, and it seems like every community has its own version of the origin story; the common element in all stories is the interpretation of the interactions amongst the three crops as part of a sisterhood, in which each member contributes something unique to the group, an inseparable set that best thrives together. In our garden, I chose red scarlet pole beans and two kinds of winter squash (classic orange pumpkin, and “Casper” white) to complement the organic sweet corn … click on title for more