My Mom is a fantastic cook, and I was always in the kitchen with her as a young girl. Baking cookies since I was about 10, I've eaten my fair share of cookie dough! We ate really well growing up, and living on a farm for the first 7 years of my life, I learned early on where food comes from. Some of my earliest memories are running through tall rows of corn, digging up potato plants to unearth the treasures beneath, and sitting on my pet calf "Susie". The connection between farm and fork is something I believe strongly in. My own garden plot is a busy place, and there is nothing better than picking lettuce, or a cucumber or a tomato that you seeded by hand, watered and watch grow.
For the recipes in this blog I try to use all good quality, natural ingredients - local and organic if possible. Butter always, never margarine! When you start with good, wholesome products, you will make good, wholesome food. My garden is a busy place in the summer/fall and many of the vegetables will appear on these pages. If I can't grow it, I'll often pick it up from the local farmer's market, where excellent farmers are doing excellent work. Most recipes "come from my head", but I will give credit if I adapt it from another source. Inspiration often comes from just looking inside the fridge and seeing that I have a pound of apples, half a block of cream cheese and some puff pastry to use up. I hate throwing food out, so "clean out the fridge days" usually turn into tasty treats! Baking and desserts often appear here, only because I have a horrible sweet tooth and I love to bake with all my heart. While I do joke about loving butter and bacon (a lot!) I also try to make food that is healthy and not too fussy. I'm a comfort food kind of girl, so I can guarantee you will not see anything on the blog about foie gras or truffle oil. Cheese and chocolate, that's another story.
Since August of 2013, I've been writing a Taste Saskatoon Column for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. If you would like to immerse yourself in more of my writing (and read about restaurants in this city), just click the tab above. I've also been asked to write a recipe column in the StarPhoenix, called In Renee's Kitchen and those articles can be seen under Portfolio. Culinaire Magazine also features my food writing, and those columns can be seen under Portfolio as well.
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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find something that will make you hungry and want to cook!