Fresh Pick Friday – Chard

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is chard. Chard Chard, (also called Swiss chard) is…

Fresh Pick Friday – Challenge Accepted

A couple of Fridays ago, I challenged you to try a new fruit or vegetable in lieu of my usual Fresh Pick Friday post.  The idea was to get you thinking about different foods and encourage you to try something new.  Food should be fun, and I think trying new things is one way to…

Fresh Pick Friday – A Challenge for You

Normally on Friday, I talk about a fruit or vegetable that is in season and local to British Columbia in hopes that you might be inspired to try something new.  I thought that I would mix things up a bit this week.  Instead of sharing this week’s Fresh Pick, I challenge you to try a new…

Mel’s Box – Week 16 & 17

Well, we have come to the end of our CSA box for the year. I’ve been really happy with the products that we received this season. Some old favorites returned and some new produce was introduced. This year was the first time that I ever cooked with fennel or tried locally grown melon. The various…

Fresh Pick Friday – Fennel

We are coming to the end of the fennel season here in BC, but I thought it would be fun to throw in something a little different to get us thinking outside the box. Fennel Fennel is a unique looking vegetable.  It is white and bulbous at the base with long green fronds that look a…

Pumpkins, Gratitude, and Oh Yeah – My Box

It’s been a busy week!  Midterms, getting ready for long weekend festivities, the hubby returned from a two week hunting trip, and did I mention midterms?  A whole week has gone by without a post, so we have lots to catch up on. First off, it’s Fresh Pick Friday, and with Thanksgiving Day this Monday…

Fresh Pick Friday – Cranberries

This week’s fresh pick is the tasty cranberry.  Fresh cranberries are crisp and tart, while dried cranberries are softer and sweeter.  Whichever one you prefer, cranberries are a versatile food that can add great flavour and nutrition to both sweet and savoury dishes. Cranberries According to the BC Cranberry Growers’ Association, the Fraser Valley and…

Mel’s Box – Week 14

I can’t believe it’s October already! This evening I actually have the fireplace on. I know, I know – it’s not that cold, but the squashes in our CSA box have changed from the summer variety to the winter variety in the last couple of weeks, and that’s my cue for warm, cozy things. Here’s…

Fresh Pick Friday – Potatoes

Potatoes have developed a bad reputation over the years.  Some varieties have a high glycemic index, and they are usually shunned by those following a low carb diet.  Personally, I think that potatoes can be part of a healthy diet, so long as you steer clear of French fries (so hard, I know) and keep…

Mel’s Box – Week 13

Last week went by fast! This time of year always seems to fly by for me. I didn’t get a shot of last week’s CSA share, but I don’t think you’ll have a hard time imagining what it would look like. Here’s the breakdown from this week’s share: Apples: I was really excited to receive…

Fresh Pick Friday – Apples

When most people think about September, apples come to mind.  They are associated with the start of the school year and the beginning of fall.  They are also associated with good health.  As the saying goes, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”  In truth, it’s not quite that simple, but apples do provide…

Mel’s Box – Week 12

Well, I have to say that since school has got underway my time spent experimenting in the kitchen has been dramatically reduced. I am, however, grateful for my full freezer. Consequently, there are not a lot of great ideas for you this week. I’ll work on this for next time. Beets: I just roasted the…