How to Make a Winter Salad with Seasonal Ingredients

Here’s what I love about winter salad ingredients: they last a very long time in your fridge, ready and waiting for that moment when you overdid it on holiday cookies and are craving a huge salad.

My fridge usually has an assortment of crisp apples and pears, carrots and winter squash, curly frisée and staunch cabbages that I can use to throw together a winter salad. I also use red onions, pomegranate and watermelon radishes to keep things colourful and interesting.

Compared to the more delicate summer vegetables, like cucumber and tomatoes which soften and spoil after a few days, hearty winter produce stays vibrant and flavourful if stored correctly.

So today we’re going to learn how to make a winter salad with seasonal ingredients.

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From Homestead to Lakeshore: One Year Later

Exactly one year ago today the family and I stepped through the doorway of our lakeside home and began a completely new chapter in our lives.

For us, this is an anniversary well-worth noting, as it took nearly two years to uproot ourselves from Québec, transplant to the Halifax area and fulfill a dream.

It was always a lifestyle move: a conscious effort to slow down, be closer to nature and anchor ourselves in a coastal community where families are cherished and people are friendly.

So how did that work out for us? One year later, I think it’s time to share a peek at our family life now, tour the new Simple Bites kitchen and open up about community here on Canada’s East Coast.

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Simple, Essential Tips for Entertaining at Home

If you’ve pulled up your calendar recently and thought “This is the year I’ll host a holiday dinner or throw a festive party” then today’s post is for you, as we’re going to deep dive into entertaining at home.

Christmas Eve is just 6 weeks down the road and New Year’s Eve a mere 7 days after. It’s never too early to begin planning.

In this post I’ll explain how to choose a menu and help you discover your hospitality style. I’ll also list the questions to ask before planning to host and help you figure out the flow of the event.

So set the date for your party (ahem, bookmark this post for repeated referencing) and let’s get started.

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Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced Pistachios

Have you ever fallen in love with a recipe, making it over and over again, serving it to friends and working it repeatedly into your weekly menu plan?

That was my reaction to this recipe for Roasted Squash with Yogurt and Spiced, Buttered Pistachios – a decidedly wintery dish with strong comfort food vibes.

The recipe came to me via Allison Roman’s fantastic new cookbook, Nothing Fancy, and is just one of a few dishes from the book that I’ve got on repeat. (This Garlicky Beet Dip is another favourite)

Since the recipe features acorn squash, this is the perfect opportunity to continue our series on winter squash and put a bit of a spotlight on the Acorn in particular.

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How to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut is the most versatile of the winter squash and so I’m beginning my series with this reliable vegetable.

I really want to label the popular butternut as a ‘gateway gourd’ – but, fun fact, gourds are inedible, grown strictly for decorative purposes – and that is the complete opposite of the butternut.

Instead, this winter squash has a mild, pleasant flavour that lends itself well to both sweet and savoury dishes. I’m in the habit of roasting one every week and using it for soups, pasta and the occasional pie.

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