Log Cabin Chronicles


Greg Duncan, our Gallivanting Gourmand, is executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

Eat like Obama in 2009(780)
I'm happy to see a decline in a trend that I never quite understood. Nouveau Beaujolais is on the way out and Quebecers have finally realized that it tastes just like it sounds.
Greg Duncan is the LCC's Gallivanting Gourmand.

Sleepless In Montreal(500)
My internal clock is way off kilter and I wake suddenly each night at precisely 3:18 AM. Not 3:19 or 3:17, but at 3:18 exactly and repeatedly three nights (or mornings) in a row. This should be a movie, I think blurrily.
Greg Duncan is the LCC's Gallivanting Gourmand.

A pear a day keeps the apples away(480)
Apples are great of course, but so are our local pears. Friends who have a bumper crop in their established backyard recently gave me a large bag of Pyrus Communis. Of course I had to devise a way to put them to good use beyond the toothy and juicy succulence of eating them au natural.
Greg Duncan is the LCC's Gallivanting Gourmand.

When wearing a suit is not OK(570)
All of the stops were pulled out at the event to entice green-haired, pierced lip, ripped-jean wearing advertising agency kids to consider community newspapers in their campaign planning and advertising placement. The booze and eats flowed and hip hop blared via a DJ.
Greg Duncan is the LCC's Gallivanting Gourmand.

Bye-Bye Parents(665)
Dropped the first born off at her college dorm last weekend amidst a flurry of worried parents and their own offloading (or is that freeloading?) offspring. I observed more than one commonality as we navigated the throng on moving day. Dads with grey hair and Moms with teary cheeks was just one. Which of the aging sexes worried most was not entirely discernable. Fathers furrowed their brows and gave the evil eye to frosh football player types while Mothers eyed the same, but employed a different mannerism. More like the up and down eye scan all women of a certain age use when checking out the opposite sex.
Greg Duncan is the LCC's Gallivanting Gourmand.

Give Sir Paul, peace, and margarine a chance (760 words)
Where there will be gate crashing and line-ups will be in Quebec City today as Sir Paul McCartney plays a free concert on the Plains of Abraham to celebrate Quebec's 400th anniversary.

Can't beat 'em? Eat 'em. (575 words)
I just have to mention our dreaded dandelions (dents de lion, jagged leaves resembling a lions tooth), otherwise known as Pissenlits au Quebec. Translation? Piss-in-the-beds in English, or Piss-a-beds in Newfoundland, on account of their diuretic effect when eaten by French and English alike.

The glories of rhubarb marinade (400 words)
As humans, we spend a lot of time filling up. Long gone are the days of foraging for wood and chasing wild antelope on the plains for daily sustenance and warmth. Homo Sapiens ancient giant leap from hunter-gatherer to agriculturist has proven that while we might walk upright, we have learned little. Oh, we gather and hunt for survival all right, but now we gather and hunt for money most days. We grow corn and soy and rice and beef -- all for money and fuel. Farmers do it and governments subsidize it. It's a sad state we're in with a real global food and fuel crisis looming, causing civil unrest in many food- producing countries.

Our Gallivanting Gourmand returns from Down There, tanned and plump as a beer butt chicken (975 words)
Heck, in Florida they are almost giving away fast food, I kid you not. In fact, if you are a resident, the US postal service delivers an appetizing array of culinary offers each morning, thereby eliminating the need to cook real food.

Wither Newspaperdom? (560 words)
Either way, our English daily The Gazette seems to take a middle road on most language issues. This most likely caters to the apparent similar position of most Anglophones in the flock. If something is simmering here, we just leave it at the back of the stove and hope it doesn't boil over.

Sugar coating Quebec's latest bilk job (600 words)
It is a privilege living here in Quebec, what with the advantage of paying the highest taxes on the continent, our wonderfully safe road infrastructure, our tolerant language freedoms and warm weather. To add to our Joie de Vivre we were delivered a gift yesterday to signify our special status as a nation within a nation. Recently, the price of milk in Quebec rose 4.6 cents a liter and allows us to pay forty percent more than what others pay in Canada.

Food Rant to start the year off right (600 words)
We have become accustomed to buying cheap imported foods and produce all through the year and we cringe when the price of bananas goes over 29 cents per pound. We want a loaf of bread for a dollar and lettuce for 79 cents. In fact, we want everything for under a dollar.

Red licorice, Black Babies, and Zout (660 words)
I haven't lost a tooth to licorice yet, unlike the editor of this site. I've suffered the root canal and been subject to annual warnings that an $1800 crown is absolutely necessary but I'm into at least my tenth year without this feature. Call me lucky as I've devoured more licorice than a defiant Dutch schoolboy.

Press #1 in Quebec for intolerance and unreasonable accommodation (800 words)
For those who don't know, and trust me as an Anglo Quebecer I do, it's been rough on the English and Ethnics lately and winter has not yet begun. The hunting season is in full swing with Quebec Anglophone and Allophones being the prey of choice. We continue to be targeted by francophone language zealots at the highest levels.

New York, Oh, New York (950 words)
Brochures rarely mention that friendly six-foot transvestites sporting pink-ribboned pigtails will assist you with directions from Penn station to any restaurant you have in mind. Every itinerant asking for money in Times Square claims to be a veteran on the down and out, having been abandoned by the state. I suspect this may be true for most.

How I ate Skippy or, simmered and well poached our Gallivanting Gourmand dines a la Down Under (825 words)
We enjoyed an hour or so of sipping Aussie Pinot Noir in an Italian landscape outdoors and then were ushered to Au Coin du Feu to sample the wines and foods of Australia. Rosemount Estate wines in particular, with parings and matching over five courses.

The anticipation of our Gallivanting Gourmand (740 words)
It is spider season up here in Montreal and their intricate webs glisten in the heavy dew and light of the morning. Thousands of yellow jacket wasps are enjoying fall apples en masse in yards around the neighborhood and I've been watching seagulls from the lake nearby devouring crab apples with gusto.

A 'Sea of Blue' arrives in our neighborhood (790 words)
A sea of blue plastic now visually blights pretty streets in established neighborhoods at every turn. Welcome the large blue recycling bin on wheels to Quebec communities.

Big clams, steep hills, lots of java (650 words)
I've just been to Seattle and back. When you visit this West Coast village you notice two things. You go up and down in Seattle and there is no escaping endless hills and climbs.

Paradise Lost (860 words)
I walk a lot now and take daily jaunts around the neighborhood just to smell good, greasy smoke I tell you. I can't help but pause in front of yards when I catch the unmistakable scent of hamburgers sizzling on the grill and I get downright excited when I detect burning fat on a big juicy Montreal rib steak.

Lifestyle catches up with our Gallivanting Gourmand (640 words)
A penchant for putting butter on brownies has finally caught up with me.

What cheese are you? (430 words)
I have yet to find a decent recipe on You Tube for a Quebec Maple or sugar pie so perhaps one of you could claim your fifteen seconds of fame, post a clip, and make us Canucks proud. Otherwise, I just might have to do it myself.

Sugar time and looking for the good stuff (490 words)
There was a time in my life when pure maple syrup flowed like tap water at my house and I had no idea how lucky I was to have cans of the stuff put away like so much soup in a cupboard.

A timely bit of Irish fun, for the season and all (480 words)
Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland wasn't born Irish, you know. He was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland, near the town of Dumbarton, or in Roman Britain.

Flying wasabi and cloned cows sour my milk (670 words)
So you are flying around in space and you have the munchies. What to do? Why, reach for the sushi and wasabi of course. Or you could have some Mutter Paneer (Indian curried cheese and peas) with basmati rice.

Scratch a pig, then sniff it, eh? (600 words)
As a lover of Asian food, imagine my excitement when I learned of the release of a new postage stamp that smells and tastes of sweet and sour pork when scratched and licked.

Valentine, you're food for my soul (580 words)
No romantic pressure this month dear readers. A little planning is all it takes to produce a Valentine dinner for two that he or she will reward you for.

Yogurt demystified (470 words)
The best nutritional deal is plain yogurt, which has only two ingredients: live cultures and milk (whole milk, low-fat, or skim). The longer the ingredients list, the more calories you get and the less yogurt nutrition.

Nobody wants to talk about farts, but… (590 words)
After posting a recipe for 7-day cabbage diet soup last week, a couple of readers e-mailed to let me know that their spouses are not pleased and I feel I must respond. I'll spare you the intimate details but warn that if you are uncomfortable with discussion about bodily functions, you should read no further.

Tax-free diet food (500 words)
As much as I like the beginning of a new year its arrival brings with it the notion of weight loss and taxes. If you are like me, you dread the thought of both.

The Red Rider rides again (500 words)
Tom Cochrane's recent offering No Stranger reinforces his commitment to lyrical depth. No shallow ditties here, he confirms his place as Canada's premier songsmith.

What's Hot or Not for 2007 (533 words)
The biggest food stories of 2006 saw us living in fear of a variety of contaminants in the average food supply. From e coli to salmonella, no animal or beast nor swimming creature was unaffected by some form of disease.

The Spirit of Christmas is in your kitchen (500 words)
So you can finally get into the spirit of the season…a few years back, I posted this humorous list of Martha Stewart Christmas project ideas and the list is still landing in e-mail boxes everywhere. Some things are timeless.

Truffles, no trifling matter (500 words)
Right now, somewhere in the oak groves of Europe, dogs, pigs, and humans are on a quest for an elusive fungus worth its weight in gold ... good truffle can sell for $2000 and is highly treasured.

Quebec politics, Quebec desserts (620 words)
Forgive me, dear reader, if I put down my wine for a moment to raise the issue of 'Quebec as a nation.' It's the hot dinner topic of the week, don't you know. Listen carefully…

Food news U need (540 words)
Why do we hear of more and more food related scares? This term we have witnessed spinach that contains E coli, carrot juice containing botulism, and meat contaminated with C difficile.

In my book, cookies = vegetables (525 words)
Yep, it's an indulgent time of year when we gobble up tons of Halloween candy between gorge fests. If that's not enough, the local school children hit the streets and descend on neighbors selling chocolate bars for a variety of school related activities. Combine all this food with a period of declining physical activity due to waning daylight hours, and you have a recipe for the bulge.

Turkey table tricks and treats (510 words)
Thanksgiving is North America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.

Grab a large spoon and dig in (380 words)
Perhaps my favorite food at this time of year is a hearty soup. Whether you prepare one using any of the in- season harvest vegetables or dried legumes such as beans, peas, or lentils, the smoky addition of ham, bacon ,or sausage can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Quebec's apple season is in full swing (400 words)
I think that our cold nights give Quebec apples a certain advantage in taste over any grown elsewhere. The night cold does something to the sugars within and, as daily sun shines down on orchard rows, it warms the apple from its sleep. This cycle makes apples grow sweeter daily while retaining perfect crunch with a tingle of tartness to boot.

Plumb easy and plumb good (450 words)
It's still a few months until Christmas, but it's plum season, nonetheless. If you have a plum tree or know any one who does then chances are that you have more plums than you will ever need.

Zuchinni Bread (475 words)
"What the heck am I going to do with this entire zucchini?" She was pointing at a green behemoth waiting patiently on the ground.

High Eatin' With A Blender (450 words)
You've eaten corn on the cob until you just can't eat any more, you're panicked at the thought of back to school and back to work reality, and you need a vacation from your vacation, right?

Gazpacho Time (530 words)
You are burned out on the barbecue, aren't you? You have grilled, seared, roasted, and singed 'till you just can't stand the heat any longer -- you just might be exhibiting all the classic symptoms, my friend.

Rhapsody in Blue (435 words)
Let's talk about B and Bs, shall we? I don't mean overnight bed and breakfasts whereby you cuddle up in a Laura Ashley-themed room and read a 1000 page novel on a cold winter weekend in a remote Vermont hideaway, either. No, I speak of the color blue and the world's most wonderful berry.

Cooling with the cucumbers (425 words)
A trip to the local air-conditioned grocery store can provide some welcome respite from the sun and humidity of a hot summer day. I know, because I have made a visit to the ice cream and frozen food section on more than one occasion, just to cool off.

Ribs, salsa, summertime (400 words)
I pity the poor piggies at this time of year. Once our outdoor grills get fired up, there is one inevitable barbecue truth on the horizon. Ribs will make their way to our patios and smoky sessions will begin.

You've got your strawberries, your rhubarb (575 words)
The strawberries that we know and love today are the cultivated ancestors of wild varieties that once grew in abundance in colder northern climates, such as the Americas. We can thank First Nation peoples for demonstrating just what to do with them. In fact, our much beloved strawberry shortcake is an adaptation from simple strawberry bread made by Native Americans.

They spatchcock chickens, don't they? (410 words)
Perhaps you have heard of grilled chicken under a brick. But have you tried this ancient method of splitting a chicken down the back and then weighting and flattening it for an afternoon grill?

Eat green to perk up, eh? (380 words)
This spring season has been very useful for cool weather vegetables that appreciate moisture and chill. If you haven't noticed, there have been many pickers at roadside gathering wild salad ingredients.

Orange Dream Cake (400 words)
We roasted split chickens rubbed with lemon; garlic, oregano, and sea salt and enjoyed a yellow bean and new potato salad with roasted red peppers and a mound of steamed organic brown rice.

Honor thy Mother with a casserole (300 words)
It is appropriate that Mothers Day always falls on a Sunday as this gives kids and Dads the perfect opportunity to make Mom a breakfast in bed. If you make this dish then you can catch a few extra winks too and pop it in the oven so she can wake to the smell of yummy promises.

Not Java Jiving here (400 words)
It was only a matter of time then that coffee was put to good use as a barbecue rub for steaks. In fact, this dry rub is so good that it was the primary reason for a first place win in a national steak-cooking contest to the tune of a $50,000 grand prize.

Good Old Dad's Very Best Olives (430 words)
>I make these olives often as they go very fast around here. My daughter Erin especially loves them and I can't keep them in stock, as she will eat a whole jar in one sitting. It must be the marinade.

BBQ Tandoori Spiced Halibut Fillets with Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (450 words)
You've rid the barbecue of spiders and cobwebs, scraped off the remnants of last years late autumn cook-off, and have a full tank of propane or a bag of charcoal waiting, right?

Easter basics: Ham, maple syrup, and Jack Daniels (500 words)
What dish is most commonly served at Easter tables? Ham, of course, and inquiring minds want to know just why.

How about a grilled sesame-crusted salmon steak? (507 words)
I don't like eating anything that sounds like it should be on the next space shuttle. Of course, when scientists unite to provide information on nutrition they must use proper terms. Omega 3 is a good example of what I speak.

Dangerous Desserts 101 (555 words)
Our assembly of six weary conference attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening filled with delicious Quebec products such as wild boar spareribs with a Jack Daniels barbecue sauce, grain fed Cornish hen, Oka cheese melted atop oyster mushrooms, local goat cheese-stuffed cherry tomatoes and an unidentified local cheese and cauliflower soup.

Forgive my neglect, eh? (590 words)
Pardon the pun, but a "hot" topic of late is how to alleviate symptoms of menopause by eating appropriate foods. Due to my own climb up the age scale, I curiously witness female friends who escape to winter back porches every few minutes or so to alleviate the sweats and who fan themselves tableside with increased frequency.

Wearing the Green, drinking the stout (490 words)
It is almost time to wear the Green and to perform an annual ritual. The coming celebration of St. Patrick's Day is not limited to your heritage, as Irish folk will gladly bestow you with honorary status at least for one day.

Review: A Montreal seafood buffet that dazzles (630 words)
The Gallivanting Gourmand rhapsodizes about a new discovery: the seafood buffet at the Hilton Atmosphere restaurant located at Montreal's airport.

Food. The Olympic Games run on it (720 words)
Canada did very well in Turin despite the disappointing results of our men's hockey team. Our athletes were fueled and energized by good foods while away from home. I thought I'd provide some insight this week into the culinary environment that kept the games going.

No need to go to a Pho House for a hot treat (700 words)
"Pho houses" have been around for a number of years and the more adventurous already know of what I speak. At these Vietnamese eateries, windows are steamed up, tables are crowded and chins are wet.

First, take a chicken and a bottle of Marsala (440 words)
Marsala is a blended, fortified wine of Sicilian origin, aged for two years or more in casks. Marsala is a dark amber color with a rich, smoky flavor, and varies from sweet to dry. It is also often used as a dessert wine and in many desserts such as the Italian Zabaglione.

Some 'Angry Chicken' for your lover? (515 words)
I found recipes for voodoo sauces and even one for a "Pissed Off Grandma" sauce.

Blondies, anyone? (570 words)
Dieters shall shield their eyes from this column or say goodbye to any New Years resolution.

Attention, All Foodies! (460 words)
Out with the old, in with the new … 2005 gives way to 2006 with a whisk and medley of culinary trends.

These are not Girl Scout Cookies, dearie (480 words)
A good cup of coffee can go along way towards helping you make it through a dark winter day. Personally, I hit the wall at about 3:00 in the afternoon as the season of diminished light progresses.

Drop everything and put on a good broth (460 words)
There they were. A gaggle of coughing and spewing souls, waiting their turn to see the Doc. As I flipped through a sticky and ancient germ-laden Better Homes and Garden magazine I considered the age-old notion of chicken soup as a preventative and restorative measure against dreaded viruses.

Steak fit for royalty (600 words)
Shiraz Filet Mignon Steaks: Make sure you get cooking before you get into the wine too much as we have noticed that abilities in the process can be influenced somewhat (hic!).

The loneliness of old kitchen tools (570 words)
I'm living in a kitchen gadget nightmare and I've got enough tools and appliances to run a commercial kitchen. Here's the thing…

Off my back and out of my kitchen (580 words)
Our government knows on which side its bread is buttered. Headlines this week reveal yet another round of haggling about the sale of colored margarine in Quebec and I say palms are being greased.

It's Halloween (400 words)
I can remember when gummies did not exist. I also remember when they hit the scene and there was nary a sour version to be found. Now, as an adult I'll admit to liking such concoctions and I suspect that if you purchase any candy at all for giving out on Halloween night, that you buy versions that you like. Leftover licorice Nibs anyone?

Waiter for a day (600 words)
Life can be full of challenges and this week I experienced one first hand. A couple of weeks back I was approached by CBC-TV to participate in a series that portrays regular folk attempting to rise to a variety of work challenges.

How about a turkey curry for Thanksgiving dinner? (580 words)
Perhaps you have wondered why Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving In October while our American neighbors to the south do so in November.

Seagulls, a new taste treat, eh? (570 words)
We have created a world whereby our fast-food waste helps the proliferation of a species that is of little nutritional value. Indeed, there was a time when a good feast of seagull could be had with no worries.

Calling all Cookie Monsters (340 words)
While the old saying that "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is appropriate, so is the following: "A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand."

I know a secret garden… (570 words)
There is a secret garden here on Montreal's West Island that rivals large outdoor produce markets in varieties of good organic and exotic veggies and fruits. Melons, peaches, pears, apricots, figs, sweet and hot peppers, exotic cross-bred tomatoes, asparagus, rare Japanese cucumbers, beans, squash and pumpkin, cabbages and potatoes are thriving here at harvest time.

How to deal with an eggplant (485 words)
In various parts of Europe, people suspected that eating eggplant caused madness, not to mention leprosy, cancer, and bad breath, which is why eggplant was used mostly for decoration in England and the North America nearly up to the 20th century.

A corny end to summer (475 words)
What if I challenged you to eat 1600 kernels of corn? You'd guffaw, most likely.

I know what you did last summer… (480 words)
You planted garlic didn't you? Now, just when it would be time to reap your bounty you may have come up empty handed.

Is there a fish more coveted than salmon? (620 words)
Atlantic salmon is touted as the best in many circles, depending on which side of the pond you reside and I even found some at the market here saddled up next to its western cousin. It's hard to differentiate species by looks alone, unless you are a frequent and experienced salmon eater.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (520 words)
If there were ever a time for ice cream it would be right now. These sticky weeks have prompted many trips to the store for frozen treats and the tab is adding up.

Sing me a song of trouts (400 words)
I've been known to worship the art of angling. When asked if I golf, the inevitable answer has always been that it interferes with fishing. Last week, accompanied by some fellow anglers, I tickled a few trout on a very hot day. Who says trout don't bite in the middle of the afternoon?

Consider the humble lentil (450 words)
The Lentil is most likely the oldest cultivated legume, and is believed to be native to southwestern Asia, perhaps northern Syria. Seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs dating from the 12th Dynasty (2400 B.C.), and there is also evidence of their cultivation as early as 6000 B.C.

A homegrown Canadian crisp (660 words)
Québécois separatists beware; this column is peppered and flavoured with patriotic flag-waving commentary and uses references to a proud Canadian federation of ten provinces and three territories.

Flaming Fajitas (525 words)
There is a run on propane and fruit stands are appearing roadside. Grilling meats fly off the shelf and barbecue manufacturers are rejoicing at our recent lucky spell of weather.

Ice Cider - Give this Quebec wonder a try (460 words)
Every now and then I discover something worth bragging about. My latest discovery is ice cider or plutot cidre de glace produced here in Quebec.

Potato Salad Days (500 words)
What says summer more than potato salad? If you could identify the most frequent side dish served in the great outdoors, this common salad would definitely rank Number One in the world.

You say scallops, I say scawllops (505 words)
A trip Down East once taught me that you will be immediately identified as a visitor should you use an incorrect drawl when ordering this shellfish delight. You have to bone up on the local lingo when traveling.

Food Fare in the Not So Friendly Skies (530 words)
Flying on an airplane just isn't what it used to be. The good old days of rubber chicken and microwave apple crumble are a thing of the past, as I learned this past week.

Remembering Mom's Salmon Burgers (500 words)
I remember not liking them much as a kid (sorry Mom) but recently for some strange reason I have been craving them. I love salmon and yet never asked Mom until recently for her recipe.

Falafel Days (420 words)
The primary ingredient is chickpeas and many recipes call for soaking the dry versions overnight. I cheat and use canned when making them by hand but one can really save time by using perfectly acceptable dried mixes available everywhere in the ethnic foods section of your grocery.

All you need to know about lobsters, eh? (400 words)
You can determine the sex of a live lobster by locating the small feelers behind the rear legs, right under the tail. On male lobsters, the feelers are hard, while on female lobsters, they are soft.

Have some fun ~ eat some chili (400 words)
Worldwide chili cook-offs and national chili clubs are proof of chili's popularity and there are as many versions as there are ingredients. Not just anyone can make a good chili - It takes time and loving attention. Sure you can toss a packet of pre-made seasoning into a can of tomatoes and beans with accompanying hamburger for a quick fix but what fun is there in that?

Tequila Rose, she is a new friend of mine (445 words)
For readers who enjoy a nip here and there you may have noticed that tequila is in very short supply and has become very expensive. Premium tequilas are increasingly hard to find and shelves display non-aged white varieties that are apt to resemble paint thinner.

Barbeque & Asian Coleslaw Time (750 words)
Walking the pooches made me very hungry indeed this past weekend as I strolled by house after house. Burgers and steaks here and there with hints of more adventurous flare- ups were noted. I caught a whiff of curry on one corner and a Greek infused oregano aroma at another.

It's spring, our Gallivanting Gourmand has crabs, and he's not sorry (780 words)
I was daunted at the prospect of putting my killing skills to the test. However, like lobster, once you get past the point of no return and plunge them headfirst into a rolling boil all sense of guilt disappears and lip-licking begins.

How to prepare Aztec testicles, otherwise known as avocados (650 words)
There are a lot of folks who shun this delicately flavored item as they simply do not know what to do with them. Sure, there is the all-important guacamole recipe that satisfies but many avoid buying them because they don't have a great shelf life and usually require immediate attention.

Springtime is salmon time (450 words)
Is there a little more spring in your step lately? There is in mine.

Beer with added caffeine - not just another breakfast beverage, eh? (620 words)
Let's face facts. Humans have been programmed to consume and we are now no more than a bunch of Borg who will eat and drink any new thing that comes our way if it is marketed aggressively. We are programmed to receive, so to speak.

Erin Go Bragh and please pass the cookies (570 words)
I'm not one for green beer. It brings back memories of youthful over-indulgence and I'll leave that libation for the truly Irish. I can wear a kilt but one of Scottish heritage.

You want rice with that? (580 words)
I speak of rice, a basis for which humanity has anchored its hungry maw and I say get thee to the stove and put up some grains of the fluffy stuff.

Check this out, eh? (950 words)
Let's talk checkout lines. Specifically, let's talk about manners at the grocery store. Apparently, some folks don't have any and you know who you are.

So, you want to make hay with your wok? (650 words)
Before you suspect that I am promoting kink in this column let me remind you that the year of the rooster has begun and that the Chinese New Year has been celebrated for days. If you have ever wondered just why your stir-fry does not have that same oomph that you get at the restaurant you can be sure of one thing. Your wok is out of energy and breath or "out of hay" as the Cantonese refer to it.

Will you be my lovely Valentine? (630 words)
Somehow, Mondays do not conjure up images of wild romantic abandon and although Valentine's Day falls smack at the beginning of a work-week, there is still hope for the hopeless romantic.

Jerking around with sports (660 words)
The upcoming Super Bowl will be the next good excuse for a gathering and one snack item will create a rush on poultry parts at the grocery store. While millions will watch the game, chickens everywhere better prepare their last wills and testimonies.

Epidemic on the horizon! Food kills! And hold the salt! (880 words)
I have to ask -- is there nothing to eat that is not bad for us? Experts continually tell us to stay away from anything that tastes and makes us feel good.

Comes once again the lowly crock pot (560 words)
Here is an easy and hearty recipe to start you on your journey that you can cook on a snowy day: Boogie Woogie Beef.

Food Trends 2005 (860 words)
Our mothers were told that margarine was a healthy alternative to butter. Now it turns out that Mom might have been killing us with trans fats and hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Good to go for corned beef hash (650 words)
Here is a classic recipe for corned beef hash. I trust Pierre Berton is making his version in the heavens.

All I want for Christmas (660 words)
I am prepared to carry the torch proudly for all Quebecois and present one of our best food products to the world. That's right folks -- I'm going to be the King of Cretons.

We're talking fat here (720 words)
I've never liked margarine very much...and I've always preferred a homemade piecrust made with good old-fashioned lard....but like most people, I've eaten more than my share of a recently identified heart-stopping killer.

How are you gonna keep 'em down on the family farm, after you bankrupt 'em? (450 words)
In the upper echelons of the agricultural game, leaders gain political support by doling out your taxes to the giants in the industry. If you have enough power to lobby you will profit. Down on the family farm, however, you'll be lucky to sell beef for peanuts.

Sucking 'em up, slurping 'em down (700 words)
The slurping season has arrived! If you are an oyster lover, you are among the millions who anxiously await the arrival of fresh bivalves from eastern and pacific shores. Get out your shell-shuckers and get ready some large linen napkins for a feast of seaside proportions.

Chow down on chowder (665 words)
Early French immigrants to Canada made a hearty soup called Chaudree from salt pork and fish. (Chaudree derives from the Latin caldaria or caldron.) When Breton-inspired Chaudree crossed the Canadian border and moved down the eastern seaboard of the United States, 'chowder,' American-style came into being.

Remembering (400 words)
I'm providing two recipes that will satisfy any gathering on Remembrance Day. The soup will warm those that have made their way from chilly outdoor tribute activities and sweet-toothed connoisseurs will love the cookies.

Halloween Boogers on a Stick (500 words)
There will be many parties for little goblins this coming week and you'll need to serve up some ghoulish treats. The kids will enjoy these gross-out items.

There's nothing quite like a nice cheddar (620 words)
I'm not sure what makes Vermont cheddar so good but, combined with a few local apples, you've got a dish fit for a king or queen. As history reveals, cheddar has been coveted for centuries and has established itself as the cheese of choice for northerners.

Pop not so fresh, Martha in stripes (500 words)
Veteran Pillsbury spokesman Pop-n-Fresh has died of a severe yeast infection. He was 71. Fresh was buried in one of the largest funeral ceremonies in recent years.

Say, have I got a tip for you (780 words)
If this rant classifies me as a cheapskate, so be it. I have a gripe that has been bubbling just under the surface that I must vent.

First, drag a speckled toad by a hind leg… (680 words)
I've been thinking it's time to put it to bed for the winter. I've got lots of herbs and herb seeds to think about and perhaps you do, too.

Good old New England Boiled Dinner (540 words)
Tasty, hearty, and nutritious it consists of corned beef brisket and vegetables -- usually potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, and turnip.

Summers_end Stew (550 words)
Those who return from work and school will be delighted with the smells and aroma upon entering the house. There is something so comforting about a one-pot meal loaded with vegetables and meat.

Fried green tomatoes, and more (570 words)
Let me guess. You've been griping about the bounty of green tomatoes that you have successfully grown this summer. You are not alone.

Sweet Corn: Readers Respond (600 words)
A recent column about innovative things to do with fresh corn revealed that readers are willing to take up a challenge when prompted.

Put the pot on to boil, Ma, we've got fresh corn (700 words)
Here in suburbia, I gauge the annual arrival of a good corn crop by the number of impromptu roadside stands and resulting near-traffic-mishaps as lollygaggers decide whether to stop to get some or not.

Peaches, glorious peaches (525 words)
Rub a peach against your cheek and smell the heady scent that only a peach can provide.

Spank your watermelon. I do. (630 words)
The interesting thing is you are paying for a lot of water and that is exactly what you are looking for. A heavy melon reveals a good dull resonance when spanked properly and a melons' watery content is worth its weight in gold. Far better to hydrate oneself with this elixir than bottled water, I say.

It's J. E. L. L. O. time (615 words)
If I wanted an extreme Jell-O experience I would sky dive or bungee jump with my shorts stuffed with gelatin. Better yet, I'd stuff my shirt with X-treme Grape and get into the mosh pit at a summer punk concert.

Ladies' Night Out (630 words)
When the girls arrive for their get-together, they will be toting fruit, veggies, and wine coolers. This is in stark contrast to a man's weekend full of beer and hot dogs.

To grill, perchance to feast (700 words)
"I'm a man. Men cook outside. Women make the three-bean salad."

Berry delicious (485 words)
There is not much that is better than biting into a sweet, juicy strawberry. Red juice dribbles at the corners of your mouth and children delight in red-stained clothes and faces.

Soloing and cooking at the same time (650 words)
Today I offer hope for the many men out there who are single or will be spending a day or two on their own while the missus is out of town.

Steak for Dad (630 words)
Perhaps you can indulge him by picking up some premium steaks, russet potatoes with fatty sour cream and butter and a beverage accompaniment. If Dad is a vegetarian, I don't know what you'll do but you can figure it out.

Seek you the simple leek (600 words)
Unlike the occasionally sharp bite of a scallion or onion, the leek imparts delicate, garlic infused taste when used correctly.

Eat right from your back lawn and save (650 words)
No matter how you slice it, the price of gas will even impact the price of pizza as outlets download increased costs for delivery.

Lobster: the red-shelled treat (580 words)
What has two claws and a tail and costs as much as a bottle of good red wine? A lobster, of course.

Iced Frappuccino hits the spot (400 words)
The arrival of iced coffees on the East coast a couple of years back signaled our desire to be as hip as the West coast where wide-eyed and zoomed coffee slurpers unite.

It's Spring - get that fridge cleaned (785 words)
Have you got a science experiment growing somewhere in your refrigerator?

On the island of Hispaniola (485 words)
We could learn a thing or two from Latin Americans, as I found out recently on my sojourn to the Dominican Republic. Hispaniola is a place that runs on its own schedule and by my reckoning Canadians would be a little less stressed out if we adopted some worthwhile Spanish practices.

Crispy balsamic breast of duck (400 words)
It's that time of year when some days the weather is better suited to ducks. The other evening on my way home from work I waited at a red light in the pouring rain and noticed that a few good-sized quackers had adopted a flooded area at the intersection of Highway 20 and Don Quichotte Boulevard.

Maple Pie once a day is not enough (450words)
Not only a wonderful topping for pancakes, waffles and French toast, maple syrup is often destined for inclusion in any recipe that calls for a sweetener. The following recipe makes for a very good pie and I suggest you serve up a slice with a side of vanilla ice cream at your next spring dinner party. This recipe is as easy as . . . well. . . pie.

Asparagus: good Spring eating (485 words)
Now that Spring has arrived, you'll notice that local groceries are displaying bright green spears of asparagus. Nicely washed and tightly wrapped bundles glisten and tempt you like beautiful flower arrangements.

Yummy 'cat-poop' treats (380 words)
You may not want to make these cookies. Hell, you may not even want to read about them.

The luck & the stew of the Irish (375 words)
Irish folk have a reputation for telling good jokes and enjoying life in general. They dance as if no one is watching and sing as if no one is listening. Fortunately for us here in Quebec, there is no shortage of Irish goodwill or Irish-influenced food and music.

Focaccia: Healthy, tasty, and not out of a box (800 words)
Sorry, but no television ad is going to convince me that a frozen pie in a box is as good as take-out or a homemade pizza.

The satisfying feeling of a Sunday dinner on a Wednesday night (420 words)
We are spoiled here as the offerings are many and prices are good. My local super-sized supermarket makes choosing a simple dinner for two a trial in fiscal balance as I navigate the many sections and try to make a decision that will allow two important functions -- I need quick, and easy.

Affinity group: Poutine, potatoes, potholes (550 words)
The state of Quebec roads leaves a bad taste in mouths across the province as craters wreak havoc. I just may have a solution that will save municipalities and the government tons of bucks in road repair costs.

Gallivanting Gourmand's Wing Dingers (600 words)
The thing is, even the biggest of birds has one shortcoming. It only has two wings.

Gimme fats, gimme sugar everytime (400 words)
Disclaimer: Neither this columnist nor the LCC will be held responsible for the unethical treatment and consumption of sugar, yeast, fat and chocolate. Nor does this column serve as an endorsement for Krispy Kreme. The writer reserves the right to sample and comment on doughnuts he deems appropriate and worthy.

Sweetie, you want to dip some? (650 words)
Why not plan a classic dinner for two and cozy up on the couch for a movie? And here's a tip for the guys: now is your chance to make good on that promise to watch that romantic drama that she has been after you about. Bridges of Madison County anyone?

The end of food as we know it? (650 words)
There's not going to be much left to eat soon, some say. Researchers have been hard at work to find all manner of bad things in our favorite foods. I'm all for food safety and I appreciate warnings about potential danger but I just can't help wonder if there are some conspiracies afoot.

Gung Hey Fat Choy (Happy New Year) (500 words)
The Year of the Monkey is upon us and no matter how tempted you are, this does not mean that you can act like one.

Out with the old and in with the new (500 words)
The year 2004 promises good things for foodies everywhere and while there are holdover and hanger- on trends from 2003, tables will explode with healthy and creative flair. Here are my predictions of trends and attitudes that will parlay themselves into kitchens and homes in the coming year.

Gravyman gets his horn blown (650 words)
Life isn't a bowl of gravy folks. Sometimes no matter how hard you try that gravy at the family holiday meal turns out lumpy seven times out of ten according to experts. Who knew a panel of professional gravy lickers existed?

Down, Fang, down! (350 words)
I think Santa would approve of giving our family pets something good to eat on Christmas Eve and I know most families set out stockings for Rover and Minou. I have witnessed kitty cats rolling in catnip with wide- eyed abandon at 7 a.m. on a Christmas morning while Mom and Dad sip special coffee.

Friends, exchange cookies and smiles (650 words)
And now, just in time for those Christmas parties -- a holiday cookie exchange…the perfect way to simplify baking and have fun doing it.

Put a little zing in your life - eat some horseradish (450 words)
This root helps keep the flu and cold at bay while keeping the sinuses open and although it is usually served as a condiment, it always packs a punch when used in sauces or as a rub for a winter rib roast.

Remembering Victory Gardens (575 words)
There are lessons to be learned from history and perhaps Remembrance Day is the perfect opportunity. How many of us remember a time when gardening was not so much an activity of leisure and stress- busting but rather a call for action?

Eatin' High Down East (500 words)
Could it be? Had I found the world's best-kept secret? How could I have been so ignorant of such an obviously profound culinary treat? A happy pub patron confirmed my suspicions and the truth was revealed. What you see is what you get when you order deep-fried pepperoni Down East. Sliced, greasy and ever so tasty, I ate the whole basket myself.

Fowl Weather (665 words)
There is a glaze in the eye of every hunter I know at this time of year. You might recognize the look and the twitch. Eyes watery with anticipation and a far away focus, trigger finger at the ready.

Thanks for the turkey trivia (475 words)
The truth is out. Turkey doesn't make you tired, it's the fact that when you combine it with all those carbohydrates and starch that napping messages are released to your brain and you feel sleepy.

Apple pie once a day is not enough (380 words)
"But I, when I undress me
Each night, upon my knees
Will ask the Lord to bless me
With apple-pie and cheese."

Don your mussel shirts and tuck in (480 words)
Coastal waters are cooling and a bounty of bi-valves is being harvested for tables across the country. Oysters, mussels, clams, and cockles are being propped atop crushed ice in virtually every grocery, their salty calcium-clad bodies waiting on your creative talent to put them to good use. If you love these creatures, then now is the best time to start cooking them.

Johnny Cash: A coyote at a poodle party (360 words)
"He's like a coyote walking through a poodle party." That's how friend and fellow Highwayman, Kris Kristofferson, described Johnny Cash. Cash was one of, if not the, most recognized voices in the entire music world."

Quebec is as corny as it gets (480 words)
Here in Quebec, eating corn on the cob is a ritual. Huge gatherings are planned around the annual harvest and shucking begins. The thing is, you've got to get it on the fire or in the pot before all those sweet sugars turn to so much starch. Same-day picking and eating is the rule of thumb and once you have plowed through a pile or one of those large green net bags of the stuff, you have to figure out what to do with the rest.

Oh, fudge! (650 words)
I don't give a darn if it cuts in to profits at dollar stores who's only raison d'etre is to flog cheap Asian child labor crap and convert spiritual holidays to wallet grabbing and excessive spending experiences.

Those damned squirrels (420 words)
Yesterday was planned as harvest day and a good bruschetta along with a pesto sauce were on the menu. You can imagine my horror then when I happened on to the scene of the crime. Nary a bulb to be found.

Beer is good, very good (380 words)
Ah, the hazy, lazy days of late summer. Grasshoppers dance and crickets sing while sunflowers droop under the weight of seed. Suburban lawns look like so much shredded wheat and men everywhere relish in a short reprieve from lawn mowing. What's a man to do but crack open a frosty while watching the grass grow ever so slowly?

Blueberry Bliss (580 words)
Fiords and crystal rivers make for wonderful picnics and a blueberry heaven. You may have to share your lunch with a bear mind you. I have seen bears munch blueberries by the paw full as they waddled through a laden patch while grunting, snorting and gorging, as they are prone to do. How they do this while swatting pesky black flies with one paw while managing to pick enough so as to fatten up for the winter is a feat of ingenuity.

Summertime and the sipping is easy, or
The proper way to make a Mint Julep
(1000 words)
Go to a spring where cool, crystal-clear water bubbles from under a bank of dew-washed ferns. In a consecrated vessel, dip up a little water at the source. Follow the stream through its banks of green moss and wildflowers until it broadens and trickles through beds of mint growing in aromatic profusion and waving softly in the summer breezes. Gather the sweetest and tenderest of shoots and gently carry them home.

Et tu Caesar? (585 words)
I only have one complaint about rug rats. Why is it that no matter what you cook, they always want something else?

Desperately in need of a stone mortar and pestle (700 words)
Molly put it best. "You must pound paste harder, must make good paste, make good wife!" Ah, the lessons learned while dining in this mountain valley in a basil-infused state.

Lotus Land Salmon (470 words)
It almost goes without saying that British Columbia is best known for one of its greatest resources, the pacific salmon. Whether barbecued, steamed, baked, or fried, they know how to do it right.

Doing right by Good Old Dad (650 words)
Okay kids, listen up. Dad is expecting that you will make him breakfast or take him out to eat on his special day. He is also expecting a variety of tools and man toys to be delivered.

Some of the facts/truth about hot dogs (1200 words)
The council claims that the average North American eats 70 hot dogs a year. Simply put, these little doggies are so easy to prepare that I won't be providing a recipe here this week. You know how to cook them and if you don't then you have a serious culinary impediment. Let's take a walk through a little hot dog history.

All burgers, all the time (780 words)
Hamburger is clouded in history and controversy. In Medieval times, the Tartars -- a band or warriors from the plains of Central Asia -- would place pieces of beef under their saddles while they rode. This would tenderize the meat that would then be eaten raw.

Men in bikinis adore pasta salad (700 words)
I applied at Curves (a new fitness-centre franchise) for a membership on the weekend and was declined because I am not of the female persuasion. Discrimination, I say, as I deserve to look as good in a bikini as anyone else.

Steaking my claim on turning right on red (500 words)
I have just realized that being allowed to turn right on a red light has its perks after all. There is a downside however. Quebec's recent new traffic regulation will allow you to eat fast food even faster.

Angry Rabbits & Sambuca Chicken (400 words)
Last week I served up a dish that I believe is worthy of serving at any Holiday meal. This dish is simple to make and is 100 percent bunny free. That is unless you consider jumbo shrimp the Rabbit of the Sea.

Spicy Chicken revs up the heat (550 words)
You may want to consider serving a cool cucumber salad with a yogurt-based dressing on the side to cool your tongue between bites. A good bottled dressing will do just fine if you are in a hurry.

St. Paddy was born a Taffy (500 words)
The Scots have their whisky; the Welsh have their tongue, but the Irish have St. Paddy, who's second to none.

Simple Thai soup for cold weather fueling (450 words)
In an effort to warm you up, I'll share a recipe for a steamy Thai soup that I made at home this week as the outside temperature hovered at minus thirty. It took me all of twenty minutes to prepare...

Och, No Haggis Here (300 words)
I just can't bring myself to publish a recipe for Haggis in this column. Believe me, I've had my share of this wonderful Scottish treat and can't say enough about it. It's just that regardless of my heritage and my lineage that dates back to King Duncan, I still have not acquired the taste for it.

Florida lushness comes to Montreal (400 words)
The Holiday Inn Aero port Montreal is alive with soft music and swaying palm trees. It's easy to imagine that you are in some far-away place as you dine in lush surroundings. As you sit poolside, Don Richards serenades with his one-man performance of classic and contemporary tunes. Order a margarita and lose yourself in the moment. We did not long ago when we visited the hotel's restaurant on a cold and blustery evening.

Santa's Shortbread (335 words)
Is there anything that makes a recipe better than butter? I think not.

Santa's Shortbread (335 words)
Is there anything that makes a recipe better than butter? I think not.

Chicken soup for the flu & soul (510 words)
Had the flu yet? Caught the bug? Sneezed on your sandwich? Had any annoying symptoms that don't allow you to taste or smell your food? All right, settle back and allow yourself the time to recuperate. Just make sure that you keep yourself hydrated. That means lots of liquids of both the cold and hot variety.

Poor Martha plus Sweet & Spicy Fruitcake (565 words)
Poor Martha, not only is her stock value eroding due to allegations related to some shares that she recently sold, she is the constant subject of e-mailed jokes of the day.

Get a little Nooks in your life (620 words)
This month-old bistro on Montreal's West Island shows that a female touch at local eateries is long overdue. Warm contemporary decor with a flare accents wonderful home-made Mediterranean cuisine in a formula that will guarantee success for this startup.

My secret: Piazza Perfection (630 words)
When I visit a new restaurant for the first time, I am privately hoping that I will discover a place that I can call my own and guard as a secret so as to impress friends and have the chef all to myself.

Get those Love Apples in (500 words)
So many tomatoes, so little time. If Jack Frost hasn't visited your neighborhood yet, then you can be sure he will soon. You'll need to get those tomatoes in, ripe or not.

A Barbie with a social conscience (550 words)
Barbie's also gives back to the community and has raised some $10,000 this year for the missing children network, topping last year's fundraiser of $ 8000. I like to see businesses that are involved in local efforts and Barbie's is obviously a generous contributor.

Enjoy a regatta for two (775 words)
If you thought that the Lord Reading Yacht Club in Beaconsfield (near Montreal) was just for private members, think again. "Le Dining room" offers patrons a Dining Room Membership at no charge and, as a card carrier, you will wish you had known about this earlier.

Tributes and tails for Canada Day (580 words)
Yes, I am speaking of the beaver, Canada's truly great construction wizard. I know that all of you fur-loving and fuzzy, feel-good crusaders will balk at the idea of gnoshing on this little devil, but lets face it: If it walks, crawls or swims, it's potential food for the truly refined chef.

A taste of the East in the West (650 words)
The Arrival of Kim Loy on the West Island is long overdue. Lovers of seczhuan and Cantonese food no longer need to travel all the way to Chinatown to experience authentic dishes prepared at the hands of an excellent chef who caters to the whims of diners.

Eclipsed in Dorval (600 words)
Sometimes, little culinary gems are in the least obvious locations. Take Eclipse as an example. Local diners may be unaware that a place where you can sample a wide variety of wines by the glass exists on the West Island of Montreal.

Ristorante Tevere - diners keep coming back (700 words)
I chose a main dish of grilled sirloin in a brandy sauce while my partner chose cotelettes de Porc Pappagallo (a boneless stuffed pork chop with ham and cheese).

La Cage Aux Sports not only for sports fans (580 words)
My rib steak was large, tender, and perfectly grilled -- medium as requested. A crunchy-skinned potato with all the trimmings complimented by crusty bread and a few veggies made it perfect for my large appetite. I believe this one must be popular with the football players who regularly frequent the place.

Rôsti - a crispy Swiss classic (500 words)
Sometimes it's the simplest of foods that linger in the mind long after a meal is gone. It's the smoky, oniony, crispy little potato pancakes that I enjoyed that are haunting me.

Trudi does fondue in Dorval (660 words)
My partner and I were tempted by Cordon Bleu and Wiener schnitzel, along with a large selection of sausage dishes but could not resist the fondue experience -- the sound of sizzling beef immersed in hot oil at a table next to us confirmed our order.

Scores, On the West Island (560 words)
Actually, I find the chicken noodle soup to be one of the best around. My partner and I chose an appetizer of samplers. Wings, Mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders and onion rings. Three sauces for dipping allowed us a pleasurable finger food experience.

Pizza with pizzazz (450 words)
Good crust, great sauce, excellent cheese, and a large variety of toppings. The ability to choose any combo and size and the choice of eating in or having it delivered makes this popular food item a North American staple.

Maple Delight arrives early (600 words)
There is a sweet aroma in the air and activity in the maple stands across the southern parts of this belle province of Quebec.

Yummy Japanese treats at Yamato (630 words)
We started with ebi, nice large shrimp atop sticky rice. Fresh and succulent, they complimented the hotatgai, scallops thinly sliced. No overtones of fish here - they both were as fresh and tender as they should be.

Il Mezzogiorno - tempting Italian indulgence (700 words)
The menu includes familiar items such as pasta, pizza, veal scaloppini, and seafood. Chicken and beef dishes compliment the menu as do a variety of salads and soups, all prepared to order and with a focus on freshness.

Le Palais Imperial (770 words)
No limits here.

Peche Peche (700 words)
The best way to enjoy the flavors of the sea is sometimes the simplest and one should savor the delicate and natural offerings of the ocean in their freshest form..

La Girouette (900 words)
I witnessed first hand how a simple French meal can be turned to magic by a finishing at the hands of an experienced maitre.

Quebec Cuisine (900 words)
Its ours and we're sticking with it.

Spinach Pasta Salad (600 words)
And don't forget the pine nuts.

Rhubarb - good and good for you (500 words)
In pies, stewed as sauce, or with meats...

Avoiding Heartburn Hotel (500 words)
Check the salad, avoid the fish, and pass on the last coffee.

Peppered steak for the masses (500 words)
He does loves his read meat.

Give me another cuppa, Joe (500 words)
But I wish the prices would stop rising.

A brunch kind of guy (500 words)
I do love my eats.

Happy Year of the Dragon (550 words)
Enjoy your beef in oyster sauce.

Old cold symptom relievers still work (550 words)
There's something about chicken soup...

Questioning genetic food tampering (550 words)
The jury is still out on messing with the food supply.

Warm olives & artichoke dip (350 words)
Ending this century in the right way.

Dutch trick, Dutch treat (500 words)
Out of the box and yum-yum good.

Slurping good stuff (500 words)
Oysters may be slimy but those who love them, love them.

The great baby corn mystery (500 words)
More than you'll ever want to know, perhaps.

What to do with the glut of zukes (400 words)
And be sure to use your home-grown garlic, too...

Cucumber Yogurt Soup keeps you cool (400 words)
But first, a short essay on product marketing...

Hit me with more smores (400 words)
Always the innovator, he reaches for the strawberries...

Let your fingers do the dipping (400 words)
Greg is a double dipper in Quebec.

Sweet & spicy fruitcake (500 words)
Greg's foolproof recipe.

Not all partridges are in pear trees (500 words)
And through the window is worth two in the bush.

Fat = good (500 words)
Why is all the hamburger so lean these days?

Stuff your bird (500 words)
An goat cheese and garlic alternative to bread crumbs.

Keep your pickles perky (500 words)
What to do with end-of-summer cukes.

Oy, all those tomatoes (500 words)
Everything is looking red these days.

Hot, Hot, Hot! (500 words)
Our accomplished eater likes his hot.

Not a Newfie Joke, Eh? (600 words)
Our eager eater discovers the rock-bound coast, etc.

The joys of making hay (600 words)
And learning to know the land.

Gallivanting Gourmand (500 words)
Wild eater on the loose again.

Gallivanting Gourmand (450 words)
A little herb will do you.

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