Ingredient of the Week

Are You Pro-Life?

I must have been around four when I first sensed magic.  There was no rabbit, top-hat or tuxedoed magician. There was instead a small kitchen, a yogurt maker and a mother.  Mum would fill the glass jars with milk and … Continue reading

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Doing Mushrooms

I have a bit of a conflicted relationship with meat. I don’t love the idea that animals have to die for us to eat it (I was reminded of this when I sat down to dinner with my sister and … Continue reading

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Win Maple Syrup!

80% of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada and 90% of that from Quebec, so who better to be giving away maple syrup to Sweet Beet readers than The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. How to enter?  Leave a … Continue reading

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A Cheese For The Intolerant

I spent the day recently in Cornwall, NY – the home of Storm King, the extraordinary outdoor sculpture garden north of New York City. Population two, three thousand?  No more. It felt good to get out of the throbbing city, … Continue reading

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Bored? Try This

Boredom – it can strike when you most expect it – like sitting on a subway. McDonalds, understanding exactly what riders are feeling, has an ad up that says, “You look like you need something to do”, with a photo … Continue reading

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There Is Never A Good Reason Not To Roast

“To the woman with no maid, entertaining at dinner is the ultimate test of skill.” Page 19, from the chapter, “The Servantless House” from the book, The Art of Cooking&Serving published in 1932 by Procter&Gamble. Procter&Gamble! The company that brings … Continue reading

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Does Instant Gratification Come At A Cost?

The rain was lashing the windows. It was 8am, the lights were on and the sky was dark.  It was the kind of morning where you shuffle around in your slippers til noon and postpone putting on your day-time clothes … Continue reading

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Looking For A Protein That Never Swam Or Walked?

The brew had been stronger that morning than usual and rather than helping me focus, I was bouncing around like a bunny.  Distractions, the enemy of all desk-bound, were everywhere and were luring me towards them. And so, like any … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Cook, Cook This!

There is no more forgiving vegetable than squash, nor a food that more greatly flatters a mediocre cook.  It’s the food equivalent of the friend who doesn’t get annoyed when you leave her waiting on a street corner (or in … Continue reading

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If You Eat Eggs, Blame Freud

Backyard Poultry is not a magazine I would subscribe to.  And I didn’t.  But I receive it bi-monthly since it came as a gift from a friend who knows my fantasy of one day living the kind of life where … Continue reading

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