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My Spin on Things

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

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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Seven-day menu with planned leftovers for a family of four

Most Canadians waste on average 40% of their food; waste – as in throwing it away into the garbage or composter. Which translates into throwing away your money. With the cost of groceries on the rise there has never been a better time to learn how to extend your food dollar, professional home economist Mairlyn […]

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Grocery Shopping 101

Mairlyn is standing in the produce department

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

Mairlyn Smith standing behind a copy of Homegrown

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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The Big Picture

an apple is sitting in the sun

I believe that we have become so fixated on the minutia of eating that we have forgotten the big picture. We need to get in touch with the basics. You know ~ fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, fatty fish, lean protein, heart healthy fats, dairy products, eggs and don’t forget to get enough […]

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Four Ice Cream recipes and Two Gelato Recipes

I was raised by ice cream lovers. We ate a ton of ice cream when I was growing up. It’s fairly weird considering we never ate desserts during the week. Oh, sure sometimes my mom would make tapioca pudding, but I’d always try to think of some excuse as to why I didn’t want to […]

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To marinate or not to marinate?

I’m a fan of marinating. A marinade adds flavour and to a certain extent tenderizes. But the main reason I marinate is because a marinade can help reduce the carcinogens that are produced when protein hits a high heat particularly when cooked on a BBQ. All great marinades use three basics: they contain an acidic […]

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Thirty Cups of Tea

I have a foodie confession to make; I am a tea junkie and a china cup and saucer lover. On any given day you can find at least seventeen different kinds of tea tucked away in my tea pantry. My taste ranges from everyday orange pekoe to more exotic blends from tea houses all around […]

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