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My Spin on Things

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

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

As a food writer who was once solicited to be a famous foodie’s  ghost writer I felt that it was time for me to weigh in on all of the hoopla surrounding the New York Times article I was a Cookbook Ghost Writer.  I turned the “opportunity” down because quite frankly my ego was way […]

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An Apple a Day

The health news about apples keeps getting better and better. An apple a day not only may keep the doctor away but add in the cardiologist. In a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association eating an apple every day may be just what your cardiologist would recommend. This study was the […]

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Freezing Peaches

My favourite method of preserving fresh peaches is to freeze them. Right around the beginning of January through until March when I am losing hope that Spring will ever come back to Toronto, I get a container of my frozen peaches out of the freezer, thaw them and serve up the taste of summer. Here […]

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Go Fish in Vancouver, BC

Nothing tastes better than fresh seafood, unless you’re eating that fresh seafood in Vancouver at an outdoor fish stand called Go Fish across the harbour from Granville Market Public Market. Go Fish is a Vancouver treasure. They make the best fish and chips I’ve ever had.  My father who was a fish and chip expert […]

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When the Cook is Away

Let’s face it as a professional foodie I do all of the cooking at my house. My husband Scott is my assistant – okay – he’s more like a helper who needs lots of directions. But I love it when he comes into the kitchen and we cook together, even though there’s more water on […]

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Snacks vs Treats

Somewhere in foodie evolution the word snack has become the word treat. That small word play has turned into a 570 calorie increase in our diets which could explain the unhealthy weight gain Canadians are experiencing. When I was growing up the word snack meant a piece of fruit or some veggies. And you had […]

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Freezing your Herb Crop

In the middle of winter the smell of fresh basil or oregano can evoke memories of hot summer days. I start my basil from seed in late May or early June. Then the heat, sun and rain do wonders to my wee basil seeds. Every year I can hardly wait to use this amazing aromatic […]

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What to Pack for University

Eight years ago my son headed off to university. As a mom I had very mixed feelings. Part of me was so proud of him as he began his new and exciting journey, and then my mommy instinct kicked in. MY BABY WAS LEAVING! HOW WILL HE SURVIVE WITHOUT ME? HELP! I think it’s fairly […]

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Bikram Yoga or How I Managed Not to Faint in 104 F

I typed Bikram Yoga, a hot version of Hatha Yoga, into Google and came up with 100,000 hits in .16 seconds. It appears that I was out of the loop. Always up for a challenge, I signed up. April 19, 2004 11:30 p.m. – The dress code for women is bike shorts and a sports […]

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