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Shiitake is easy and inexpensive to grow at home and makes for a healthy addition to one’s diet

Shiitake Mushrooms: Champion of the Immune System

03:13 pm December 1, 2010

Lentinula Edodes is a mushroom native to East Asia, which is now cultivated worldwide for culinary and medicinal purposes. This mushroom is usually referred to as Shiitake, which is its Japanese common name, based upon the “Shii” tree that the... Read more »

Tantalizing Tea Cuisine: Herbal Infusions Add a Splash of Excitement to Winter Meals

05:08 pm December 1, 2010

When I was a girl growing up in rural Muskoka, the world of tea was a relatively small one. In my grandmother’s pantry, there were two types of tea. One was declared ‘real’ tea, imported from China. The other type was known as ‘tisane’ or ‘herbal... Read more »

Super Summer Smoothies: Beat the Heat With High Octane Cool Fuel

01:02 pm July 1, 2010

Do you find in the summer that you just don’t feel up to eating big meals? Consider making a cool smoothie instead and supply your body with readily available nutrition. Fresh vegetable and fruit smoothies not only taste great, but they help you... Read more »

Green Magic in the Kitchen: Cooking with Spring Foods

03:46 pm May 1, 2010

Come to the mountains, and we will show you the way of the past, and the future. We will show you the plants of healing, the plants to paint with, and a place meant only for you to sit and listen for your songs, your strength.
We will let you look... Read more »

The Mediterranean Diet is known to prevent diabetes and lower cholesterol

Summer Dining Mediterranean-Style

It does my heart good to know that I’ve been serving my family Mediterranean-style meals long before I even heard of the Mediterranean Diet, which is praised as being one of the healthiest and most nutritious diets in the world.

New research has... Read more »

A Taste of Wild Things: Foraging for the First Foods of Spring

Have you ever looked at a wild plant and wondered if it was edible? It’s amazing that even if you live in the heart of the city, there is food growing all around you. The wonderful part is, even if you don’t feel confident picking morel mushrooms... Read more »

Fire Up Your Late Winter Meals

It could be said that the great search from the 15th century onwards for the shortest route to the East was due to a little black berry, Piper nigrum. Pepper! It might also be argued that the race to get to the source of pepper was the spark that... Read more »

Heart Healthy One-Pot Meals

Winter is the perfect time to get out the crock pot (or “slow cooker,” if you will) and cook up some healthy, hearty porridges, rich soups, stews and mouthwatering one-pot dinner creations guaranteed to take the chill out of cold weather... Read more »

Gifts from the Kitchen

The greatest gift anyone can give me is to do my dirty dishes. I would rather have that than anything material. I would rather have that than a diamond bracelet or an expensive purse or spa treatment or most anything else on earth. – Pioneer... Read more »

Savoury Squash Cuisine

Botanically speaking, squash is a fruit, but from a cook’s perspective most of us consider it to be a vegetable. And in my opinion, it is one of the most versatile of all garden plants. Not only are there many varieties of squashes that come in... Read more »

Before modern medicine, doctors prescribed raw garlic for colds, menstrual disorders and impotence

Garlic Medicine: Folklore Traditions from the Far East

04:35 pm October 1, 2009

Through the centuries, people have either believed that garlic was divine or, with fanatical aversion, detested its very name. This well-known condiment with a unique flavour not found in any other vegetable has caused, and is still arousing,... Read more »

Feisty or fragile, sweet, hot or loaded with sulfur, garlic is the secret to making food taste good

Celebrate Garlic Cuisine

From subtle to superior, garlic’s flavour power is almost as wide-ranging as the number of its varieties. One tiny raw, fresh garlic clove delivers a powerful punch, yet a handful of whole bulbs, when roasted or gently ‘sweated’ in olive oil,... Read more »

Capture the Autumn Harvest: Fermenting, Freezing, and Dehydrating

As our local markets bulge with the fall harvest, I feel a sense of urgency to capture all the amazing variety and freshness that local food has to offer. Whether you’re an organics-obsessed foodie or enjoy hunting for the perfect pumpkin,... Read more »

Childbirth and child-rearing require lots of energy and stamina

Healthy Expectations—Part One: Pregnancy Nutrition

01:02 pm October 1, 2009

The relationship between diet and health is a crucial one. This is particularly true during pregnancy as all the nutrients essential to healthy growth and development are passed on to the baby through the mother’s diet. For example, insufficient... Read more »

The Big Taste of Bay: Add Pungent Kick to Your Autumn Dishes

With its sweet, slightly pungent balsamic aroma and spikes of nutmeg and camphor, the beauty of cooking with bay is that it releases its flavour slowly, which makes it an essential herb for slow, long cooking techniques.

Indeed, stocks, soups,... Read more »

Horseradish is rich in colon cancer-fighting glucosinolates


04:37 pm February 1, 2011

(Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from a story originally published in “Horseradish: Herb of the Year 2011” by the International Herb Association.)

As a traditional herbalist and food writer, I have long been interested in the... Read more »

Honey and cinnamon share a rich history of use in folklore aphrodisiac recipes

Sexy Food From Around the World

Sex and good food go well together – this has been the case throughout history and in most countries in the world. Inextricably combined, they make for never-to-be forgotten sensory experiences; aphrodisiac food can be a special gift a man gives to... Read more »

Old World Cure for Winter Ailments

02:08 pm November 1, 2010

Grandma had a cure for almost every common ailment when I was a kid growing up in the rural woods of Muskoka. Folks would come from miles around to seek her advice for treating their health complaints. As a girl, I took as much pride in grandma’s... Read more »

Black elder flower is one of the most effective herbs for treating hay fever symptoms

Suffering From Summer Allergies? Elder Flower to the Rescue

01:33 pm June 1, 2009

June is one of my favourite months. In our part of the world, it is the month when everything is the most green and lush. This is when our temperate woodlands resemble the lushness of a tropical rainforest.

Spending time in nature is important... Read more »

Incorporating the right greens into your diet will help balance your life

Cleansing with Ayurveda

04:04 pm May 1, 2009

The expression “April showers bring May flowers” is not only a testament to the rainy and damp qualities of Spring, but it also reveals a process that takes place inside of each one of us during this time of year.  

Ayurveda is an ancient... Read more »

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