Friday, January 23, 2015

Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips for Stainless Appliances + Copper Pots

non toxic cleaning ideas for stainless appliances, copper pots and more
Clean your stainless appliances, copper pots with non-toxic kitchen ingredients

Non-toxic cleaning tips for stainless steel, silver, copper and more

January has been a clean-organize-purge month for us as we embrace the urge to simplify that sometime arrives after Christmas. The non-toxic cleaning ideas using baking soda that I shared earlier this month have been a great help but there are other jobs, like cleaning copper, silver and getting rid of messy smudges on stainless steel appliances, that called for a different approach.

4 recipes for easy, effective, non-toxic cleaners for metal (including jewelry).

All use simple kitchen ingredients.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Salt Cod Potato Gratin is Rich and Satisfying

Salt Cod Potato Gratin is rich and satisfying with potatoes, a little cream and seasoned with bay leaves and thyme.
Salt Cod Potato Gratin is rich and satisfying with potatoes, a little cream and seasoned with bay leaves and thyme. 
The early winter of 1991 the Kennebecasis River froze as smooth as glass and for a short time there wasn’t even a fleck of snow so the skating was dreamlike. One early January afternoon dad and I, my brothers Geoffrey and Erik and I can’t remember who else, skated over to Ministers face and discovered that there was a fantastic echo when we hollered to one another. I suppose the sound was bouncing off the smooth ice as well as the rock face. My brother Erik, with his booming baritone voice, started to sing some operatic piece or another and his rich voice reverberated all around us.

There is good chance we came home to mom’s rich and comforting Salt Cod Potato Gratin...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Toonies for Tummies and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

February 5th to 19th 2015 make a $2 donation at your local grocery store and help provide breakfast for a needy child.

Have you ever gone to school or to work hungry? Trying to concentrate on an empty stomach isn't easy. Can you imagine what it must be like for kids who go to school hungry day after day?

One in six Canadian children goes to school hungry. That’s why breakfast programs are so important – kids can’t learn on an empty stomach.

A $2 donation can go a long way when it comes to providing kids with a nourishing breakfast:
The average cost of a nutritious breakfast provided by breakfast programs is just under $2, so when you give a toonie at the cash when you’re getting groceries, you’ll be helping to fill a child’s belly.

For your contribution you’ll receive a coupon booklet that includes coupons from participating sponsor companies (available while quantities last.)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

14 Non-Toxic Cleaning Hacks with Baking Soda

I went on a little cleaning spree the other night after I came across an old book about baking soda by household advice guru, Vicki Lansky. The book is full of hundreds of ways to clean using baking soda and I was testing some ideas that I hadn’t tried before.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a naturally occurring mineral that has a remarkable number of practical uses. In particular it has the ability to neutralize acids, absorb odours and it is mildly abrasive in a non-scratch sort of way, all traits that make it great for cleaning. Even better, baking soda is environmentally benign so is an ecofriendly and non-toxic replacement for all sorts of household cleaners.

Here are 14 non-toxic cleaning hacks for baking soda:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to make homemade pasta the easy way

Easy Homemade pasta with pesto and radicchio
Making homemade pasts is easier than you think and delicious results make it worth the effort.
The Christmas of 1984 mom received a pasta maker as a gift from my brother and sister. They were both living in Toronto at the time so pasta makers were easy to come by.
The idea of homemade pasta seemed very exotic and pasta making became a family adventure.  We’d all get in on the fun and by the time we were finished the pasta was hanging all over the kitchen drying. It was draped over the backs of chairs, on the handle of the wood stove and the oven. 

Homemade pasta is especially fun to make with kids since everyone can get in on the action. The person manning the roller can keep rolling while those who catch the cut pasta can go running off in search of some place to drape it. You can always curl the cut pasta into little nests instead but draping it around the kitchen makes you feel like you have accomplished a lot.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chinese Five Spice Candied Nuts for Homemade Gift Giving

Chinese five spice candied nuts
Chinese five spice candied nuts are sweet, a little spicy and crispy with a light candy coating. They don’t stick in your teeth. Better yet, they take almost no time to prepare.
At Christmastime there were always bowls of nuts around the house. They were still in the shell so you had to work for your snack. The almonds were easy, the Brazil nuts practically impossible for little hands.  I loved how bowls of nuts in the shell were so ornamental, like little pieces of beautifully shaped wood.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Creamy Winter Squash + Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup

winter squash and roasted red peper lentil soup
Winter squash and roasted red pepper lentil soup is smooth, flavourful and substantial, just right for damp winter days.
What do you do when your kids announce they're sick of soup? 

From October to march I'd be happy to eat soup every day. It's warming and satisfying, nourishing and a great way to fill up on vegetables and beans. And while I'd never get away with making it for supper seven days a week we do end up eating one soup or another at least twice a week. 

It was November when my kids announced they were sick of it, a mere month into my soup season. I'm not about to give in so I decided instead to figure out some new soup recipes with different flavours and textures.  
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