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My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

GreenHouse Industry in Ontario

I’m a big supporter of local farmers. I believe that the impact of that support, helps us all. Because of my passion for all foods local, I wrote a cookbook with the Ontario Home Economics Association that only included foods that we grow, raise or produce right here in Canada. It was my thank-you to […]

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The Gift of Time

Two cowboys

About ten years ago, with the Christmas present countdown veering me right into Stressville, it suddenly became very clear to me that buying my husband more stuff was verging on insanity. We’re both extremely busy, working in film and TV, shooting My Left Frying Pan, and stuff was the last thing either of us needed. […]

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Expiry Dates and how long can I keep food in my fridge for?

I received so many emails about expiry dates and the shelf life of food after being on Toronto’s Breakfast TV on September 27 that I have created a list of links as well as my list from the show. Here are the two segments, in case you missed them, and below I’ve included links to […]

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How to Get Invited Back to a Cottage

a picture of Lake Muskoka

This year marks the 27th summer that my husband and I will be driving up to Lake Muskoka to spend most weekends with my BFF Michale and her husband Lutz. Weekends with an s not a weekend, as in a one off. Everyone can get invited to a cottage once, the trick is to get […]

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Toronto Ice Cream Shops – my favourites

Bless the Food Gods because Ice Cream Season is in full swing. Officially July is Ice Cream Month ~ who knew there was a designated month to eat ice cream in? I am so ahead of my time because I celebrate Ice Cream Month most of the year. Ice cream is my weakness. This year […]

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Cold Brewed Coffee

I’ve been experimenting with cold brewed coffee, not to be mistaken with cold coffee, and I’ve come up with what I think is a perfect ratio of coffee to water. Cold brewed coffee is coarsely ground coffee that is brewed in your fridge using cold water and a long “steep” time. This results in a […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins with a hit of fibre

These banana chocolate chip muffins are full of fibre, but they taste really good, so good that they don’t taste like they are healthy or full of fibre.  You are going to be tempted to eat more than one of these banana muffins, say three. Please don’t. Eating three of my recipe for banana muffins […]

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Grocery Shopping 101

How to save money and navigate your way around the grocery store without losing your mind or your money First things first: Lets look at the big picture. Yes, the cost of food has gone up but if you consider that on average most consumers throw out 40% of the food they buy, the savings […]

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New Years Resolutions: Tips to make those healthy lifestyle goals stick

Every January most of us make resolutions to get healthier, lose weight, change our bad habits into stellar new ones and then within two weeks we are back to our old routines. Why the failure rate? There are many reasons we fall short of succeeding. Setting goals that are unattainable, not having a support system […]

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Homegrown: Celebrating the Canadian Foods we grow, raise and produce

Written by Mairlyn Smith P.H.Ec. with recipes from the members of the Ontario Home Economics Association. Homegrown is an all-Canadian ingredient cookbook, with 160 recipes from coast to coast. There are iconic Canadian Butter Tarts, Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew, and Tourtière all with a 2016 spin. But make room for recipes like: Apple […]

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