Kale Salad with Beet Apple and Dill

Recipe for Beet Apple Dill Salad with an ACV vinaigrette

As the years go by, I can start to appreciate the presence of fruit in salads. Where the sight of strawberries in a salad used to make my stomach churn, I can now appreciate the surprise burst of sweetness from a blueberry or the tartness from an apple in a salad. This April the veggie stands are showcasing beets, kale and apples. When these seasonal delights are jazzed up with a little bit of fresh dill and a simple vinaigrette style dressing, an exciting springtime Kale Salad with Apple, Beet and Dill is created. What I love about this spring dish is that it continues to showcase the produce of the autumn and winter, while the addition of fresh dill reminds us that spring has come.
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Pearled Barley Risotto with Fresh Asparagus and Mushrooms

Asparagus and Mushroom Pearled Barley Risotto

Learning to cook can be a daunting task.

Last week, NPR posted an article titled “Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp.” While the rest of us are busy buying into expensive supplements and “superfoods” to increase brain power, the seniors in this study took up new skills. From grandpas taking up quilting to grannies taking up digital photography and Photoshop, this research paper published in the Journal of Psychological Science was just too cute.

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Container Gardening – 8 Edible Plants To Grow This Spring

Spring Time in East Sooke Park, BC

Spring Time in East Sooke Park, BC

It’s here! Its spring!

Once the cherry blossom trees are in bloom in Victoria the city comes to life. Watching those barren, graceless branches give rise to pink and white blossoms marks the transformation from winter to spring. But spring is more than flowers and butterflies. Spring also brings asparagus, rhubarb, and a whole lot of seedlings!
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