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Pulses are the dried edible seeds of certain plants in the legume family. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes 11 types of pulses grown worldwide. The four main types of pulses grown in Canada are dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. Pulses...

Barley is a healthful addition to the diet. When it comes to good nutrition, this ancient grain packs a powerful punch. Barley is an excellent source of total dietary fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Unlike many grains, which contain fiber only in the...

Do you ever feel confused as to what type of ground beef you should be using in a recipe that simply calls for “ground beef”? The first step is to understand what the options are. In the U.S.A., ground beef is generally sold based on the...

Does it really matter what type of potato you use in a recipe?  Up until a few years ago, I used Russet for baking and red for everything else. Why? I don’t know, I guess it was simply because I thought that it wouldn’t make...

Let’s talk about back ribs. I worked in the pork industry for a number of years but almost got fired in my first week. Why? Well my boss asked me how I cook my back ribs. I told him that I pre-boil them before grilling...

Many canned soups are very high in sodium. The can of Chicken Tortilla Soup that I used for comparison to a homemade version had about 1320mg sodium in a can.  (Who ever eats only half a can of soup?)  That is over half the recommended...

I am one of the lucky ones. Why? Because I have had the opportunity to spend time and really get to know my parents from an adult perspective. Both my parents are close to 90 years old and are fortunate to have their health and...

There are many varieties of canned soup available that are tasty and good for you. But, nothing beats a bowl of piping hot homemade soup.  Here are 5 main reasons why you should make homemade soup. 1. Many soups are easy to make and do not require a ton...