• A January Meal Plan

    by  • January 5, 2015 • 2 Comments

    This meal plan is a bit out of our ordinary pattern and it’s mainly because we’re not at home.  We’ve been at my parent’s house—aka my childhood home—for the last two weeks, and will be here the rest of this week before we hit the road for Oregon and California.  More on that later,...

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    Malty KWistmas Everyone!

    by  • December 8, 2014 • 9 Comments

    Wow, has it really been two months since I posted??  Okay, so actually I’m not at all in shock about this because I was well aware of how long it had been.  Soooooooo.  Where was I? Remember that post a while back about finding the time?  Well when I added a few extra commitments (like...

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    Book Review and Giveaway: The Third Plate

    by  • October 3, 2014 • 8 Comments

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    Where We Began is not Really Where We Began The classic (North) American meal: a delicious, mouth-watering plate with a big piece of meat, preferably cooked on the grill, a potato or hunk of bread or ear of corn, and some small side of vegetables, like carrots or something else that most people like....

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    Last Call for Corn

    by  • September 24, 2014 • 3 Comments


    Fall is here.  Summer is over.  But can we eat well once summer is gone?  Yes, that is a resounding yes!  And a great way to keep eating well once the harvest has ended is by preserving the harvest now. The last sweet corn of the season will soon be harvested, but it can...

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    Our Best Peach Salsa Recipe for Canning

    by  • September 12, 2014 • 12 Comments

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    Our final batch of salsa that we canned for the year, Chunky Peach Salsa, was definitely our best.  And maybe that is because after canning 3 other batches we learned a couple things. One thing we learned was not to cook the peaches very long or they got lost amongst the tomatoes.  Basically we now just...

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    Canning an (Almost) All-Garden Salsa

    by  • September 9, 2014 • 5 Comments

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    Alright, a few days ago I got a bit romantic about our love of preserving.  Now, however, we’re in crunch mode so I’m feeling slightly less amorous about the whole thing. For one thing we have a huge bag of tomatoes on the floor, another full of peppers, and peaches are covering our hutch....

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    But how do you find the time?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 14 Comments

    “How do you guys find the time?”  At least one friend has asked us that.  Now that I think about it, we sometimes ask ourselves the question.  We don’t really have a good answer.  We often mumble something like “Well we make time for it.” But that doesn’t really seem like a good answer....

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    Cooking Slowly to Save Time (and a Giveaway!)

    by  • August 20, 2014 • 9 Comments

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    When it comes to cooking from scratch you can save time, money, and energy by planning ahead.  However, you can go one step better than simply planning by actually cooking ahead. Slow cookers (or crock pots) are a great way to prepare a meal in advance and come home and eat right away.  Most...

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    Locavore Meal Plan – Mid August

    by  • August 11, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    Meal-planning is an important part of our week.  As locavores, it makes eating locally much easier because we take the time to figure out what seasonal foods are available and how we can use them.  If you live in a similar climate (we’re in Southern Ontario, which is a pretty classic upper-midwest climate) you...

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    Locavore Meal Plan for Mid-Summer

    by  • July 28, 2014 • 10 Comments

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    This post was originally written for Food Bloggers of Canada. Welcome to The Local Kitchener!  If this is your first time here you should check out the book giveaway going on right now.  It’s a book about food, farms, and family, and how those things are all intertwined.   My family has been meal...

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    5 Plant-Based Changes in My Life and a Book Giveaway

    by  • July 24, 2014 • 27 Comments


    Several months ago I was given a book recommendation by the farmer who runs the CSA that we joined this year, Fertile Ground Farm.  Shortly after talking with her about Farmacology I put a hold on it at the library. (It’s of course also available online but you should really buy it from your local book seller,...

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    100% Spelt Overnight Waffles

    by  • July 14, 2014 • 0 Comments


    We’ve been using spelt as our flour of choice since noticing that Oak Manor makes a “light” spelt, which has been sifted to remove some of the large bran particles.  This sifting makes it easier to use it as a replacement for white flour. Our family—primarily Madame—loves waffles, and for me as a sourdough...

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