Dec 29, 2009
My wonderful husband bought me Michael Smith's "The Best of Chef at Home". I love the show on the Food Network and the cookbook highlights many of the recipes (or non-recipes lol) that he has done on the show in previous seasons. I love Chef at Home because (1) he cooks non-complicated meals, (2) he is Canadian (P.E.I.), and (3) his recipes are all about comfort foods. I am looking forward to trying out some of his salad dressings most of all.
A good friend of mine gave me the book "Food to Live By" which is written by Myra Goodman from Earthbound Farm Organic--the largest grower of organic produce in the United States. I love this book because it's not just a book of recipes, but also a story of how the farm became what it is today and about how the food industry has evolved over the years. I also love that the recipes include natural ingredients and foods that the farmers have grown on their own land. I don't even know which recipe I'm going to try first....there are just too many to choose from.
I was also given a couple of Chapters gift certificates which made me even more excited because there was a certain book that I could not wait to get my hands on. It was "Earth to Table - Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm". This is such a great book! For one, the author is from Ontario, and secondly, the book highlights foods and recipes for each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter). In addition, the authors also discuss foraging, canning/preserving, and gardening. It's a really good guide for someone who is just beginning their journey into local/seasonal eating.
Overall, it looks like I've got a lot of reading to do and will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen for the next little while. That being said, I still have another $40.00 to spend at Chapters. Anybody have any suggestions for other good cookbooks to add to my collection?
Dec 20, 2009
- Johnston Cranberry Marsh near Bala (http://www.cranberry.ca/)
- Iroquois Cranberry Growers on the Wahta Mohawk Territory south of Mactier (http://www.iroquoiscranberries.com/)
- Upper Canada Cranberries in the south end of Ottawa
Two out of the three growers are north of Barrie on the way to Sudbury, which is where my family is from. I may need to make a little pit-stop one day to see what they're all about. Last year, while vacationing in Cape Cod my husband, daughter, and I visited an Organic Cranberry Farm and were able to go on a tour with the farmer. It was interesting to see how cranberries are actually grown and how much work is actually required. Although they are usually only harvested in the month of October it really is a year-round job.
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
I think that completely depriving ourselves of processed foods, junk, or imported foods isn't the way to go but rather that an occasional 'treat' enables us to savour the food that much more. I also believe that by giving my daughter this yearly gift she will learn that these foods are meant to be treats and not everyday foods...I can hope at least!