Homemade Sweet Corn Relish

HOMEMADE AND FRESH IS BEST!   Making homemade sweet corn takes no time at all and the best part is that you always have a little bit of summer in a jar. Fall is finally in full swing which means the leaves are turning beautiful colours and sweaters, jackets and hats have come out of storage. The Fall season also means that the harvest has blossomed full force for everyone looking to enjoy the hearty crops. The fields around the house are a buzz with the combines taking in the corn crops and plowing for next years season. What vegetables are harvested in the Fall? Most vegetables that harvested in the Fall are vegetables such as Cauliflower, Rutabaga (Swede), Potatoes, Beets, Assorted Squash including Pumpkins, Plums, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Garlic, Peaches, Plums, Eggplant (Aubergine), Beans, Apples, Celery and so on. Knowing what fruits and vegetables to buy in-season and planning your meals around them will save you money in your grocery budget. My boys are nearing the end of football and looking forward to the playoffs which means more time for me in the kitchen. Having more time at home in the kitchen gives me the opportunity to finish up […]

Homemade Cucumber Relish

A CONDIMENT WITH PIZZAZZ   Today I’m sharing my cucumber relish because it’s easy and tastes delicious. I am still picking vegetables out of my garden as it’s still giving plenty for us to eat even though summer is coming to an end. If I don’t have it in my garden I usually will pick up fruit at a reduced cost of 50% off which saves me lots of money in my grocery budget. Don’t turn your nose up at these budget saving gems! I don’t know how many times I have made jam or homemade lemonade or anything from the supermarket not good enough to sell at full price. It may have been dented, bruised or even have one disfigured piece of fruit or vegetable in the bag. This doesn’t mean it’s not good to eat it simply means you have to put a bit more work into preparing the food now rather than later. Typically food that I get on the reduced rack doesn’t last long in the refrigerator so I have to use them up right away which normally isn’t an issue as I have frugal recipes up my sleeve. There is actually a supermarket chain in France […]

Can you tell the difference? Brand vs No-Name

Years ago I remember being a hard-core Ketchup fanatic and I still am today. I could never dream of anything else but Heinz dripping from my hamburger or drenched on my French fries.  I just loved the flavour and even enjoyed ketchup,mustard and relish on a warm pita. (Don’t knock it until you try it) I thought for sure I would taste a difference and there was no way someone could fool me. Well I was fooled and learned a lesson at the same time. Not everyone’s pallets are chef matured and not everyone can tell the difference between Heinz Ketchup and No-Name Ketchup. My wife managed to save a plastic Heinz bottle and refilled it with the suspect ketchup to see if I would notice. I can envision her smirking in my head each time I gave it a squeeze. Summer had come and gone and plenty of BBQ parties with friends.What I thought was really Heinz Ketchup was in fact a No Name brand Ketchup. What I’ve learned from this lesson was that No name products can be just as delicious as the “Super Brands”. Sometimes we tend to reach for the trusted name brands but many times it is […]