Nana’s (Utterly Fabulous) Multi-Grain Rolls

When Joan Heath of Radisson, Saskatchewan, shared this great recipe, she explained its title. “My mom (a.k.a. Nana to our children, Audra and Aidan) bakes the best rolls and bread that I have ever had. So light and fluffy. She didn’t start until she was in her 40’s. I had no interest...

Prairie Grain Cookies

This is another recipe from the Saskatchewan farm kitchen of Joan Heath.  It’s packed with flavour and travels so well that she frequently uses it as part of the lunches she prepares for her husband Corey as he works their thousands of acres of wheat, lentils, canola and beans. 1 cup (250 mL)...

Penne with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Substitute spinach, zucchini or arugula for the broccoli. • 3 cups (750 mL) uncooked penne pasta (275 g) • 3/4 cup (175 mL) broccoli florets • 1 cup (250 mL) diced onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3/4 cup (175 mL) halved cherry tomatoes • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped sun-dried tomatoes • 1 (250 mL)...

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Soda Bread

Whole-wheat Buttermilk Soda Bread This quickest of breads has its roots in Ireland and known there as Wheaten Soda Bread. Serve thick slices of it….warm with butter! 2 cups (500 mL) whole-wheat flour 2 cups (500 mL) unbleached all purpose flour 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda...

Spring Rhubarb Pie

It was called ‘Pie Plant’ because it makes such incredibly good pies and every early farm home in Canada had at least one good patch. Kids used the huge leaves as hats while dipping the sour stalks in small bowls of sugar. We made it into crisps and cobblers, stews and chutneys. Now...

Buttermilk Corn Bread

This Loyalist quick bread was likely brought to Canada with the first wave of immigration in the late 1700’s. More and more often, it’s possible to find good locally grown/milled corn meal.  For this corn bread recipe I’ve used a New Brunswick product from Speerville Mills and jazzed it up with a...

Marie Nightingale’s Baked Jacob’s Cattle Beans

Halifax-based food writer and Maritime icon, Marie Nightingale, was pulling together an article on beans and found this great recipe on the back of the package of  Webster’s Farms from Cambridge, Nova Scotia.  Calling the family to ask their permission to publish it, she was greeted with a laugh....

Piradzini – Latvian Bacon & Onion-stuffed Rolls

A celebration in the scattered Latvian communities of Canada often include these bacon-filled buns. They are fabulous with a salad for a quick lunch or, if you make them smaller, are great cocktail appetizers. Dough • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced • 1 cup (250 mL) water • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt • 1...

Barley with Caramelized Vegetables

This recipe is a delicious and easy way to incorporate vegetables into dinner. Canola oil is used to sauté and toast the barley to bring out its great flavor. • 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 3/4 cup (175 mL) pearl barley • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil • 1...

Barbecue Sauce

• 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) brown sugar • 3/4 cup (175 mL) ketchup • 1/4 cup (60 mL) lemon juice • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard • 1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder • 1/8 tsp (.5 mL) Tabasco or to taste In a saucepan heat...