Review: Hampton House Frozen Popcorn Chicken [Updated Update]

Review: Hampton House Frozen Popcorn Chicken [Updated Update]

I used to be a big fan of KFC Popcorn Chicken.  I’ve been hunting for a frozen alternative ever since the KFC quality went dramatically downhill. I’ve tried several frozen versions, but like most frozen, breaded chicken, they left much to be desired. I don’t know what these products have against flavour, but time after […]

Peanut Butter Bird Nests – No-Bake Recipe for Easter

Peanut Butter Bird Nests – No-Bake Recipe for Easter

These peanut butter bird nests are as tasty as they are adorable! They’re eggcellent for Easter entertaining or gifts.  Cadbury mini eggs are the house favourite, so both the cookies and leftover eggs disappear in record time. We also tried Smarties mini eggs but I found them to be a bit too large.

Traditional Irish Canadian Food for St. Patrick’s Day

Traditional Irish Canadian Food for St. Patrick’s Day

Food is especially important to the Irish. Even now, many generations after suffering through times of starvation. Most of their traditional recipes still contain ingredients from times of economic hardship, such as potatoes. Irish Moss seaweed stepped in for many families during the Potato Famine. Luckily, Irish Moss is a “super food” that is packed […]

DIY Natural Food Colouring for Valentine’s Day Baking ©

DIY Natural Food Colouring for Valentine’s Day Baking ©

Adding a little Valentine’s Day love to your baking can start with cookie cutters, but you can also decorate treats with naturally nutritious (and tasty) red, pink and purple food dyes that you make yourself.

Food Preservation Guide V: Blanching, Freezing + Seal-A-Meal Tips

Food Preservation Guide V: Blanching, Freezing + Seal-A-Meal Tips

The easiest and most versatile method of food preservation, is to freeze it. Many fruits and veggies can be frozen without any preparation, or you can wash and chop them so they’re easy to take out and use for healthy recipes. While we’re all aware that freezing food is an option, there are a surprising […]

Food Preservation Guide IV: Dehydrating Tips and Recipes

Food Preservation Guide IV: Dehydrating Tips and Recipes

Dehydrated food used to be something functional and practical in certain situations. It was valued as a lightweight, compact, nutritious way to preserve food for hiking, survival kits, or even military meals. While some people dehydrated for home use, it wasn’t as common as freezing or canning. That doesn’t mean it’s new though! Dehydrating is […]

Food Preservation Guide III – Jam, Jelly and Fruit Preserves

Food Preservation Guide III – Jam, Jelly and Fruit Preserves

As berries and other fruit come into season in Canada, many people make their own fruit preserves so they can enjoy them all year long.  Even more appealing is the control you have over what goes into each jar, allowing for creativity, healthy choices, and the omission of chemicals. One of the most popular ways […]

What are the Health Benefits of Maple Syrup?

What are the Health Benefits of Maple Syrup?

Sap running is a very Canadian sign of Spring! Families visit their local sugar bush to learn about the process of making maple syrup, while children enjoy the taste of maple taffy and maple sugar candy. It may come as a surprise that such a sweet indulgence could be good for us, but it is.

Food Preservation Guide II – Canning and Pickling Tips and Recipes

Food Preservation Guide II – Canning and Pickling Tips and Recipes

Canning opens up a whole new world in food preservation. You can preserve a wide range of vegetables and fruit and serve tasty variations all year long.

Food Preservation Guide – Getting Started

Food Preservation Guide – Getting Started

Welcome to our series on food preservation. It’s a five-part series of articles that will take you through all food preservation options, including freezing, fruit preserves, dehydrating, canning and pickling. We’ll include recipes too! This introduction summarizes your options, shows you where to find bulk produce at the best prices, and offers other helpful preservation […]