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Gingersnaps – a Smith family tradition

Baking gingersnaps is a Christmas family tradition at the Smith house. My dad was diagnosed with heart disease when I was in university and it was one of my missions to create heart healthy foods for him. When I discovered canola oil I switched the original gingersnap recipe that contained shortening to heart healthy canola […]

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Oat Bran Cereal

A hot breakfast made with oat bran cereal can be ready in about 5 minutes. Quicker to make than regular steel cut oats or regular large flake rolled oats, hot oat bran cereal is high in cholesterol lowering fibre aka soluble fibre. New research suggests that diets filled with fibre can not only support the […]

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Masala Chai

Chai is made with black tea, spices and milk and is served all over India.  With the huge influence of Indian cuisine in the UK, the best cup of chai I’ve ever had was at Dishoom’s in Edinburgh With a big nod to them, here is my spin on their house chai, a strong cup of […]

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Sweet Potato & Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

As a big believer in all things local, I love supporting our local Ontario farmers.  Every time you choose a locally grown or produced food you support the farmers and our economy. This Shepherd’s Pie embraces locally grown produce and turkey, all from Ontario. Family friendly and easy to make, I adapted the recipe from […]

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Fudge Brownies – gluten free

Makes 16 – 2×2 inch squares OR one enormous brownie for a true fudgy-style brownie lover Flashback to 1993. I was a newly divorced mother of a three-year-old and my life wasn’t all that rosy looking. I was struggling with finances, keeping up with my mortgage payments, being a mom and trying to get my […]

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Frozen Pineapple Whip

Hands up all the parents out there who’ve made the pilgrimage to Disneyworld. My hand is raised high. We first ventured down south when my son was six and again when he was eleven. Years later when he was in university, Scott and I went to Disneyland without him, and that’s the trip we discovered […]

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Asparagus Salad

Have you ever seen asparagus growing in a field? They look like little green soldiers in a row standing at attention and ready to do battle. Good thing for us that they’re fighting for our good health. Here’s my easy to make asparagus salad recipe and here’s the link to my YouTube channel if you […]

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Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme

This easy to make one pan chicken dish is pure comfort food. 5 cloves garlic, minced and set aside 1.75 lb (.790 g) skinless boneless chicken thighs OR chicken breasts 2 medium onions, cut in half and then sliced thinly 8 oz. (227 g) package cremini mushrooms 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme OR 1-2 […]

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Watercress and Grapefruit Salad

This watercress salad has a terrific blend of peppery greens, sweetness from the grapefruit and some zip coming from my secret ingredient in the salad dressing: marmalade. Salad: ½ bunch watercress, to equal 4 cups chopped – see below 1 large Ruby Red grapefruit, peel removed and cut into small bite sized pieces 2 Tbsp […]

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