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Jelly Beans

If I get a cavity, it's all Kira's fault. She brought jelly beans to a meeting last week. Not dollar store jelly beans that taste like lemon Pledge, stale Tang or some alien interpretation of red fruit. No, she brought high-end gourmet jelly beans in...

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Reader Question – Vegetarian Gravy

This week's question comes from Kerry Dexter, a serious music fan and dedicated vegetarian. She's looking for a low-fat, low-sodium gravy that doesn't rely on animal stock. And to make things more a challenge, she has no food processor or blender so you can't just...

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Promises

Some promises are explicitly stated while others are implied. With my recent poll, I indicated I would change my blog's name if it proved to be too confusing. Sixty-one votes later, the name stays. The tally? While 7 rallied for change, 17 thought the name Christie's Corner...

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Swing-A-Way Can Opener

It shouldn't be that hard to find a gadget that opens cans without tossing tomato paste all over the kitchen -- or breaking my thumb. But I've been on the lookout for a good can opener since November and have found only hand-held or electric...

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And the winner is…

Anne from Ottawa! (Wild applause and ringing of bells.) Anne-with-an-e, not only hails from our nation's capital, she was selected totally without bias by Dine-O-Matic, a neat little decision-making widget just for Macs. Instead of entering restaurant names, I entered contestant names, hit the blue...

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Cooking Oil — A few more just to confuse you

When I was a child my mom used to buy big, clear plastic jugs of vegetable oil. That's what it was called. Vegetable oil. Plain old vegetable oil. But on TV they showed ads for exciting oils, like Mazola corn oil. Corn oil. How crazy...

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Cooking Oils – A Crash Course

Last night I bowed to peer pressure (other food bloggers and a carb-hungry husband), hauled my sorry butt out of bed and made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday dinner. The resulting griddle cakes were too uneven and sloppy to photograph. Spilled batter adhered to the stove...

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Creme Brulee Book Giveaway

I'm in an extremely good mood today — more on this later — and am celebrating with a book giveaway. The good people at Whitecap Books have generously provided me with a copy of Dominique & Cindy Duby's wonderful book, Crème Brûlée: More than 50 Decadent...

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Belated Valentine’s Day

There's a great series of Bud Light mock greeting cards. My favourite reads "Let's make February 15th our Valentine's Day." It's February 16. I'm not late. I'm just feeling somewhat rebellious and not particularly romantic. No flowers, bon bons, cards, cinnamon hearts or dinners out for...

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Cuisine Canada Blog

Learning new software is a bit like cooking on a new stove. While the concept is the same, the oven light switch is in a different location, the knobs work in unexpected ways (why didn't anyone tell me you had to push them in first?)...

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