Apple Quince Harvest Crisp

September and October is time for the harvesting of apples.  All kinds of apples populate the produce sections of grocery stores: Gala, MacIntosh, Ambrosia, Jonagold, Fuji ...... the choice can seem endless and what better time than autumn to think of Apple Crisp-ish desserts for your table? While an apple dessert on its own can… Continue reading Apple Quince Harvest Crisp

Kale and White Bean Soup
Quick and Easy, Soups

Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

When the brisk, slightly chilly breezes of autumn begin to whisk around, I start to crave warm soups made with all kinds of cold weather garden ingredients, such as squash, beets, cabbage, and in the case of this soup, kale. While kale has become more popular as a vegetable, many people still remember the tough… Continue reading Kale and White Bean Autumn Soup

Celebration Cake

Celebration Cake with Mascarpone Icing

There are so many events we can celebrate.  From a birthday or anniversary, to a new job or a new home.  How about a graduation, a new friend, or simply the changing of the seasons?  Into the monotony of our often heavily scheduled lives, it's nice to break up the pattern with a celebration, and… Continue reading Celebration Cake with Mascarpone Icing

Sun-dried Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic ~ a recipe from the markets of Southern France
Appetizers, Quick and Easy

Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Who doesn't love images of the South of France and, particularly visions of the many tasty French food creations.  Markets abound, not only in each city, but in each village, with cheeses, meats, and produce displayed in arrays of creativity and with a certain cultural and regional pride. The array of culinary works of art… Continue reading Sun-Dried Tomatoes Provençal

Cheese 101

Cheese 101 ~ Parmesan-Reggiano

Today our highlighted cheese is Parmesan-Reggiano.  Made in the Parma and Reggio Emilia regions of Italy for over 900 years, Parmesan originated in the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries of the region, using water, salt and milk. During the 14th century these monasteries had a monopoly on the cheese and exports were common, yet because of… Continue reading Cheese 101 ~ Parmesan-Reggiano

Maple Rosemary Almonds
Quick and Easy, Snacks

Maple Rosemary Almonds

Have you ever tasted a fresh almond?  Many people don't realize that most almonds which are purchased in a store are at least three months to one year old, and the flavour is muted or stale.  It wasn't until I started purchasing newly-harvested bulk almonds online that I discovered what an almond should really taste… Continue reading Maple Rosemary Almonds

Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil - Italian
Dinner, Pasta, Quick and Easy

Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil

If you've just come home from a busy day at work, or from taxiing children to their various events and just don't have time to prepare a fancy dinner, this gnocchi recipe is the recipe for you!  Quick and easy to alter, you can feed a single person or a large family, or even add… Continue reading Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil

Summer Watermelon Feta Salad
Salads, Summer

Watermelon Feta Salad

Welcome to our blog, Journey to the Garden, and the start of our new adventure! Since summer is slowly slipping into cool lazy nights that spark the advent of autumn, we decided to share a dish that will keep us under summer's spell.  Hot temperatures still heat the daytime and what could be better than… Continue reading Watermelon Feta Salad