Showing posts from September, 2022

Published In The Great North Arrow, October 2021: Autumn Is Awesome

- jim Young “To everything, turn, turn, turn, There is a season, turn, turn, turn.” - Pete Seeger / Ecclesiastes 3 Autumn is awesome! It’s my favourite time of year.  And next to Christmas, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday. (Hallowe’en is my third favourite holiday so it’s a bonus that my second and third favourite holidays both fall in my favourite season.) As cooler days arrive, I don’t mind wearing a jacket again to enjoy some quiet time outdoors. When spring arrives, I will be anxious to rid myself of any such extra clothing, but for now it’s a nice change of pace. How gratifying it is to step inside on a cool day to the comforting warmth and scent of a friendly fire crackling in the woodstove! Thanksgiving dinner will complement those smells with a delicious aroma of its own.  The days are getting shorter and that’s okay with me too. It will be easier to rise before the sun to witness another daybreak. The last campfires of the season can be started earlier and enjoyed without

Tammy’s Meat & Potato Casserole

When Costco opened up in Barrie in 1999, I was hired as a "Caller". A "Caller" was basically a human scanner. We were required to transfer the Costco members' purchases from one cart to another and call out the item number of each product to the cashier we were assigned to work with that day. One day, I was paired to work with Tammy and at break, we somehow got talking about recipes. Tammy gave me this favourite recipe of hers off the top of her head. Of course it was very basic with the quantities of the ingredients being very vague. Tammy suggested it be made in an oven-proof casserole dish and then, as an afterthought, suggested I could also use the bottom of a roasting pan if I wanted to make a bigger casserole. Although we are a household of just two, My Shirley and I love the convenience of, and never tire of eating left-overs, so I always make this jumbo size. If you prefer to make less, you’ll have to cut the ingredients accordingly. Stuff You’ll Need: 1