What Jenn’s Lovin
Summer is synonymous with snacks in my household. Whether it’s cracking open a bag of Hawkins Cheezies which take me back to my youth, fresh pico de gallo on the deck made with the plethora of garden tomatoes or a charcuterie board loaded with meat, cheese, garden veggies, nuts, dried fruit, honey, mustard plus a selection of bread and crackers.
One of my favourite bites to share is the Cucumber and Feta Cheese Toasts featured here. This simple appetizer or snack is easy to pull off last minute, can be made with your garden cukes and I’ve even served on boxed crackers for simplicity. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
What Lynn’s Lovin
Warm juicy peach plucked fresh from the tree is one of my favorite summertime fruits. Peaches are so versatile. Baked into a pie, crumble or square, grilled on the bbq, tossed into salads, canned or eaten fresh, peaches are a summertime gift.
For a couple of summers, I helped my friend Paul Moyer sell his delicious peaches at St. Lawrence market in Toronto. We sold Redhaven, Baby Gold, and Loring’s picked fresh from his Niagara farm. I did learn a thing or two about peaches then – do keep peaches, still fairly solid to the touch at room temperature out of direct sun until ripening begins and their skin yields to gentle pressure. Ripe peaches should be kept refrigerated in a single layer for no longer than five days.
National Peach Day is August 22nd – be sure to celebrate with this simple and delicious recipe from our Canola Eat Well recipe collection – Roasted Stone Fruit with Cookie Crumble. I wold love to hear how you eat your peaches – please do share!
What Ellen’s Lovin
The sweet, sweet smell of a rose.
I am loving my all summer blooming, fragrant roses in my flower beds. I have two beautiful rose bush varieties from the Parkland Series. These varieties of roses were developed by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at Morden Research Station in Manitoba.
They were designed to be disease resistance, withstand the harsh winters on the prairies and the hot summers and be a Zone 3 rose. The Morden Research station is now closed but their Parkland Rose varieties live on in the gardens of many Canadians.
Eat Well…Jenn, Lynn & Ellen