Homemade Gifts For the Holidays: Shortbread

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No matter how you’re celebrating this December, the holidays are a time for sharing, giving and receiving gifts to and from the people that are important to you. You may have your major gift –giving all figured out, but if you’re looking for small gifts, tokens of appreciation that you can share with your letter carrier, paperboy or girl, shopkeepers and fellow office workers, look no further than good the old fashioned shortbread cookie. Continue »



Winter Panzanella Instead Of Stuffing

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We love Panzanella, the classic Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes, capers, olives and fresh basil, and even though it’s largely considered a summer dish, it’s exciting to know that there are winter versions that rival their summer cousin. Continue »



The Leafy Greens Cookbook

The Leafy Greens Cookbook, a new cookbook by Kathryn Anible features one hundred easy to make recipes that unlock the delicious flavours of kale, chard, spinach, bok choy and more.

 

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Leafy greens are a powerhouse of nutrition, fat and cholesterol free and full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. If you are leery of munching on a plate of unappetizing green things, but want the benefits of these superfoods, this is the book for you. With delicious and inventive recipes like Swiss Chard Breakfast Burritos, Pizza with Arugula and Tomato or Stir-fried Bok Choy with Beef, this handy little cookbook will prove to be a hit with anyone, especially picky eaters or dubious diners. Continue »



Wild For Blueberries

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Wild blueberries love periods of hot, dry weather, alternated with lots of rain. Sound familiar? Experts expect the wild blueberry season to arrive a little earlier than usual this summer, so we thought we’d give you a head’s up. The peak season for these power-packed little gems is late July and August, so get out your hand rake, head on up to Muskoka,  do some limbering up and start pickin’ and grinnin’!

Last year we did a post on wild blueberries that was a big hit with our readers, so we think it’s fair that we alert you all to a few “Blueberry Socials” coming up soon. You won’t want to miss out. Continue »



Summer Pasta Recipes

As we established in last week’s interview with a nutritionist, pasta is not evil, so here are some recipes for a few lovely pasta dishes that are perfect for summer. They include two fresh and light pasta salad recipes and two hot pasta dishes. All the recipes come together super fast so you don’t have to spend a lot of time near the stove and they all pair beautifully with a glass or two of chilled white wine.

 

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