June 16, 2016

Whole Grain Washington Pie & Polka Dot Underwear

Whole Grain Washington Pie, a beautifully-textured sponge cake made with stone ground flour.

Whole Grain Washington Pie, a beautifully-textured sponge cake made with stone ground flour.

I have been waiting years to tell this story about my dad...
To set the scene you need to know that I have four brothers and by the time the younger two were in high school my dad was getting mildly frustrated by the fact that all of their underwear were getting mixed up in the wash. To solve the problem my mom bought dad polka dot underwear. Not confetti dot underwear. It was large purple and navy polka-dot-on-white underwear.

June 13, 2016

How To Find Safe & Effective Sunscreen

https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

Find the best sunscreen with the help of Environmental Working Group's Guide to Sunscreen.
Sometimes I find the yearly search for safe and effective sunscreen a little overwhelming. With dozens of brands, SPF levels, claims and application methods to choose from, I’d just stare at the drugstore shelf if it wasn’t for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) annual guide to sunscreen.

June 12, 2016

Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins A Wholesome Afterschool Snack.

Whole wheat banana flax muffins are a wholesome afterschool snack.

Whole wheat banana flax muffins are a wholesome afterschool snack.
When I was growing up, late spring was almost magical. Those afternoons that felt like summer days made us anxious to get swimming and with the longer days we’d play outside until we were called in for bed.

June 7, 2016

Shrimp Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles and Whole Wheat Pasta


Shrimp Spaghetti with Zucchini Noodles and Whole Wheat Pasta
Add toothsome whole wheat spaghetti to your spiralized zucchini dish for more flavour and texture.
To introduce my middle school cooking class to the wonders of the spiralizer I added a bit of whole wheat spaghetti to my shrimp and zucchini noodle recipe. It got the students over the "too much green" hump and gave the dish more flavour and texture.

May 26, 2016

Whole Grain Ginger Rhubarb Crisp

Whole Grain Ginger Rhubarb Crisp is just sweet enough.

Whole Grain Ginger Rhubarb Crisp is just sweet enough.

I love the old fashioned-ness of rhubarb, the way it was a staple in spring kitchens long ago and celebrated as one of the first edible signs of spring.

I love that in the back yard of old homes you can still find shed-sized patches of rhubarb with leaves the size of umbrellas. As kids we’d march around the yard, fanning one another with them and we’d try to eat the stalks raw, dipped in a little sugar.

May 25, 2016

What Does Cage-Free Really Mean? Understanding Egg Terminology

What does cage-free really mean? Understanding Cage-Free, Free-Run & More Egg Terminology

When you’re grocery shopping, do you look for cage-free, free-run, organic or “just the regular” eggs?

It can get confusing, all of that terminology at the grocery store.

According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, how laying hens are raised is becoming big business. Most of the major fast food chains in Canada have committed to sourcing cage-free eggs, driven by consumer demand and competitive pressure.

But what does cage-free mean and how does it compare to all of the other ways that laying hens are raised and housed?

May 10, 2016

Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini and Moroccan Spices

Gluten free turkey meatballs, mixed with zucchini, new chives from the garden and a good amount of lemon. They’re a fresh-tasting main dish that feels light after a long winter of heavy meals.

Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs, a fresh-tasting main dish that feels light after a long winter of heavy meals. Made with grated zucchini and fresh chives from the garden.

When you can hang a wash on the line without your fingers freezing – that says “spring” to me.

When I was growing up we had a dog that used to yank things off the clothesline. As sheets blew in the wind she’d launch herself at them and tug until the clothes pins popped. We never figured out if she was playing or protecting since she never destroyed anything she pulled down. We just learned to keep her inside when bedding and other blowy stuff was put out to dry.
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