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SpicesTips and Tricks
June 21, 2019

What Exactly is Garam Masala?

Indian recipes often list “garam masala” as an ingredient however, it’s not actually one item but rather a blend of spices pre-made into one ingredient. Garam masala can be purchased from the grocery store or made at home. Depending on who you ask, you will…
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Tips and Tricks
March 25, 2019

Instant Pot

You may have heard people talking about this thing called the "Instant Pot" while cruising online, on your social media feed or while chatting with friends.  In my case, it was last Fall when my mom kept telling me how great this thing she called…
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Tips and Tricks
December 24, 2018

Glassware – Your New Serving Dishes!

We are in the midst of that festive time of year and for those who enjoy hosting, you are always looking for a way to change it up a bit to impress your guests. While you can always buy new serving platters, time, cost and…
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FamilyMeal PlanningTips and Tricks
July 18, 2018

Kiddie Snacks

The kids are off for the summer and in my home, always seem to be hungry!  Inevitably, if I don't plan ahead and have snacks ready, they will reach for the potato chips and crackers or whatever other delicious addictive junk food they can find…
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Tips and Tricks
May 15, 2018

Lemons & Limes

Using freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice provides an incredible flavour boost.  Although you can always squeeze by hand, there are a few tools that I love to use. I have enough strain on my wrists from typing all day, the last thing I want…
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FamilyTips and TricksWork-life balance
March 13, 2018

March Break – Now What?

My father-in-law has told me that having grandchildren is like having a great love affair.  You enjoy them and then get to leave them when you have had enough!  Yes, he is joking (I think).  As a parent and not yet a grandparent, there is…
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DinnerEntréesMeal PlanningTips and Tricks
February 26, 2018


There are some days that I know will inevitably be brutal ones such as those days when my schedule has me dealing with difficult people, attending a stressful proceeding or when I’m slammed with back-to-back meetings which are made worse by the dark, cold winter…
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DessertsFamilyFunWork-life balance
February 2, 2018

Movie Night

Friday night is usually “movie night” at my house.  I’m often exhausted from the week and piling on the sofa with my husband and kiddies after dinner is finished, showers have been taken and pajamas are on, is PERFECT! Although, popcorn and potato chips always…
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Work-life balance
January 5, 2018

Kids in the Kitchen

Although the goal for weeknights is ultimately to prepare a quick meal for my family to enjoy together at the dinner table, weekends enable a far more pleasurable kitchen experience where we can spend quality time together.  My kids often take turns playing my “sous…
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RecipesTips and Tricks
December 14, 2017


There is nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup, whether it’s served as a starter or as a meal itself.  My love for soup started with chicken noodle, always with extra noodles and has evolved into a love for creamy vegetable type soups also.…
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