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As the only professional home economist in the world who is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe, not only do I bring knowledge about foods and nutrition to the table, but I do it with a smile and a giggle.

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Tis the season for ICE CREAM!

multi flaouvours

Anyone can get invited to a cottage once….

The million dollar questions is:

How do you get invited back again?

Here are my tried and true tips plus recipes!

Catch me on BT Toronto Friday, July 3

Muskoka chairs on the dock.

Muskoka chairs on the dock.

Thirty Cups of Tea

The dogwood pattern from my home province  Beautiful British Columbia.

The dogwood pattern from my home province Beautiful British Columbia.

Riding the Union Pearson Express Train


Cue the fireworks!

March 5 is National Farting Day! #CanFart15

I’m celebrating by adding more pulses, which is the whole family of legumes and beans, to my diet.

I’ll be on Breakfast TV in Toronto at 7:40 am giving you the low down on the benefits of the pulses, plus some tips, tricks and I’ll be demming one of my favourite soups

Spicy Red Lentil Soup

red lentil soup

Looking for more recipes using beans?

Mixed Bean Salad


Family Style Meatless Chili



Black Bean Tortilla Chip Soup

#Road Trip Mair was an epic adventure. Check out our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver.


Fondue anyone? Recipes from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


I’m a fan of whole grains – here are some recipes using barley

types of barley

Barley 101 – check out Cityline, Tracey and I cooking up Canadian barley. Click here for the recipes.

Cooking for one? Here are four dinner ideas using heart healthy canned fish as Seen on BT Toronto March 12.

Click here for the recipes.

 For the tips on grocery shopping you saw on CityLine February 27, courtesy of the Dieticians of Canada click here.

I’m a believer of eating local seasonal fare so I’ll be cooking a recipe from Foodland Ontario – Short Ribs in the Slow Cooker with Ontario onions, carrots and beef on Breakfast TV on Thursday, February 21. Click here for the recipe.

Its Chocolate Season! I’m on CityLine on Monday February 11 talking and cooking with chocolate and having many laughs with the ever wonderful Tracy Moore. Click here for the recipes.

Baking with quinoa! Here are the three recipes as seen on Breakfast TV Feb 7. Click here.

My bucket list always included going to Tuscany! This week on CityLine I got to show the viewers some of the things I learned while I was there. To see the story click here.

This week on Breakfast TV I’m talking about Tweaking Your Resolution List and adding 12 Healthy Habits for 2013 one month at a time. Click here to see the list.

Catch me on CityLine Wednesday, January 9 with Tracy Moore when we talk about portion sizes! Click here for some visuals and to watch the segments.

The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook is a best seller and the perfect gift this holiday season for vegetarian virgins as well as full blown vegetarians. Available at book stores across Canada.

Or buy it online

Chapters: Click here.

Amazon: Click here

University Student Survival Foods! Click here for some tips, ideas, and recipes. As seen on BT Toronto Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Looking for the TEA PARTY recipes and pictures that I did on CityLine with Tracy? Click here.

Watch the scone segment here and the meringue segment here.

I celebrated World Home Economics Day on CityLine Wednesday, March 21, 2012! Click here for my rant on why we need to bring back mandatory Home Ec classes!



Here’s what some very funny people from the Second City alumni are saying about about Healthy Starts Here!:

“My two passions are humour and food which makes Healthy Starts Here! my perfect cook-book. Tips for novices, lip-smacking recipes for everyone, what more do you want? No…really…what more do you want?” Colin Mochrie

“I am not a cook but Marilyn’s refreshingly witty cookbook book was so full of healthy mouth watering dishes, it made me want to rush out and hire someone to make them for me.” Deb McGrath

“This book makes me, laugh, salivate and yearn to be everything good and healthy…wait a minute, dear God, I think I’ve fallen in love with Mairlyn Smith.” Kathryn Greenwood, Actor, Writer (Women Fully Clothed, Whose Line is it Anyway?)

“Awesome recipes, thanks for making them so easy and fun, and thank you for giving me permission to eat fabulous bean dishes and…well you know.” Jayne Eastwood, (Goin’ Down the Road, Women Fully Clothed)

Mairlyn’s latest Culinary Contribution is her masterpiece. It’s everything Mairlyn is; smart, funny, balanced and captivating. Kevin Frank(Artistic DirectorSecond City Training Centre & Education)

‘The recipes in here are so good, I almost ate the book!’ Ron James ‘Comedian’

You can buy Healthy Starts Here! at all large bookstores across Canada or you can order it online.

For Amazon click here.

or from Chapters Indigo click here.