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My Spin on Things

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

So you think you want to be a cookbook author

Updated on October 23, 2016.   A day does not go by without someone telling me about their genius idea for a new fabulous cookbook. From movie stars to my neighbour down the street, the latest craze is penning your favourite recipes. I took choir and drama as electives in high school instead of what […]

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For the Love of Home Ec!

I was one of those weird people in high school who actually liked going to school. I liked hanging out with my friends, the clubs, intramural sports, and the after school activities. I hated and loathed Chemistry, Physics, and Math, but I loved History, English and my blessed Home Economics classes. The Home Ec area […]

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How to Make an Egg Tree

Egg Tree Anyone?   First you have to blow an egg out of its shell!   Then you have to have a really huge laugh! Followed by dying them using food colouring plus vinegar to make sure the dye sets   We used pipe cleaners to hang the eggs from the tree Then hang them […]

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I must have Italian roots! My trip to Italy.

I think I must have been Italian in one of my last lives, because from the moment I first landed in Italy I felt like I was home. I was raised in an Irish/Scots/English home, something of a barren wasteland of flavours. Over cooked roast and grey Brussels sprouts was typical fare. Our neighbours were […]

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What I learned in Florence

Even though Florence isn’t as big as Rome, it’s still really easy to get lost. Just because you think you are headed in the right direction, you may discover that you are going in the totally opposite direction of say the museum that Michelangelo’s David is housed in and then you have to run really […]

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What I learned in Tuscany

Tuscany isn’t all rolling hills and drop dead gorgeous vistas, Tuscany is a huge area that even includes the sea To really say that you have experienced Tuscany you need to come here, slow down and enjoy all of the small villages and sites There is a misconception that all Italians drive like maniacs, this […]

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What I learned in Chianti

If you want to make sure that the Chianti you choose is spectacular and not the wine that Hannibal Lector drank, always look for the big black rooster on the label.  Its the Chianti Classico Consortium’s seal of approval. Everyone Chianti Classico we tried was brilliant, and trust me I drank of a lot of […]

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What I learned in Rome

– never eat the bread on the table before you ask if it’s included in the meal or you may end up paying 6 euros for one measly piece of stale bread – remember if you ask a question in Italian they will answer in Italian. Which is a good thing if understand Italian – […]

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Where is home?

They say that “Home is where your heart is”; but I have two homes; does that mean I have two hearts too? I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and as a West Coast girl my roots run right into the deep blue pockets of ocean that surround my home town. Mountains and ocean, […]

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How to Throw a Tea Party for Twelve

I am a believer in traditions. Whenever we honour our roots, we embrace our past and where we came from. This is especially true for me when I honour my family’s foodie traditions. That’s why as a healthy eating advocate I still make shortbread at Christmas, Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving, Lemon Meringue Pie for my […]

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