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Happy Gourmand

How to Zoom for fun

Feb 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

There has been lots of talk of Zoom fatigue lately. The extra attention it takes to try to read people or react to them with the digital lag and the limited...

Speaking a food language

Feb 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

Have you ever heard of culinary grammar? You know what grammar is with words – “it is the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and...

Recipes that give pure Joy

Feb 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

I scroll the internet daily for research, and often it is for food. As a gourmand, I am interested in cultural articles as well as recipes and restaurant news,...

Healthy comfort food? Yes!

Feb 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

It’s February. The weather is mostly grey and wet. There is no chance for any kind of bikini getaway, so we are stuck wearing the same winter clothes, or...

Are we smart as appliances?

Jan 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

Do smart appliances and smart food mean smart people? Are we getting dumber? There are all kinds of "smart" things in our world now: Smart phones...

January blues? Cheer up!

Jan 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

Here we are, with the New Year rung in and the resolutions made – now what? It seems we always start the new year with a combination of energy and guilt....

Following the food calendar

Jan 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

For those of us who still like to have tangible references for the passage of time, a watch and a calendar are indispensable. I still wear a watch almost every...

I can almost taste it

Jan 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Being a gourmand, I always have food on my mind. At home I often think of comfort foods, but having just been through a month of indulgences and traditional...

From soup to nuts

Jan 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

I have been writing this column for 14 years. It started with my chef husband and me offering a “he said, she said” approach to food topics. He got...

Going nuts at Christmas

Dec 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

By the time you read this it will be Boxing Day, or later. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the fuss will all be over. I do hope that you made the most...

Return of the light

Dec 19, 2020 / 6:00 am

Winter solstice By the time you read this, Christmas will be days away. Perhaps you are rushing with last-minute preparations. Maybe like me, you are trying to...

COVID won't stop Santa

Dec 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

So many things have gone by the wayside this year. Let’s not go through the list. We jumped into the spirit of Christmas with vigour, hoping to carry on...

Christmas memories

Dec 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

There is a fondness for retro styling this holiday season as everyone seems to embrace the festive spirit, perhaps because we are enjoying a chance to remember...

Nuttier than a fruitcake

Nov 28, 2020 / 6:00 am

With the now-dreaded expression that we are in unprecedented times, it has been hard to retain even a few morsels of our lives from before the pandemic. This...

Hindsight in 2020

Nov 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Isn’t it funny how things work out? When I was a kid, I never would have guessed that I would become a Foodie. We ate simple food, I thought, and my...

Feathers and pennies

Nov 14, 2020 / 6:00 am

I was a good student as a youngster. The one subject that tripped me up was physics, and this was often because I got lost in the story of the problem. You...

Get ready for winter

Nov 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

Winter is coming. That expression is full of foreboding now, thanks to the Game of Thrones stories. It signifies the need to make preparations ... appropriate...

A good old-fashioned scare

Oct 31, 2020 / 6:00 am

This year has been full of symbols and foreboding. 2020 seems like it was made for Halloween. There is a meme going around that says there is no need to...

Tribute to Ella

Oct 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

It’s harvest time. Halloween is coming. Pumpkins are everywhere and the last of the fresh fruit and veggies is on the tables at farm stands. I should...

Memories on your calendar

Oct 17, 2020 / 6:00 am

I thought about doing a column on the weird food holidays on the calendar, but the more I researched, the sillier it all became. Robbie Burns Night celebrates...

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