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Anti-theft lunch bags

These clear anti-theft lunch bags come pre-printed with fake mold to deter light-fingered coworkers. Do I file this under Now I've Seen Everything or Another Reason Not to Miss Office Life? ...

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Caramel Clarification

My astute friend Jodi DeLong pays far too much attention to detail. Not only is she an avid gardener, crack photographer and professional writer, she has a memory like a Venus Fly Trap. To my chagrin, Jodi remembers something I posted back in July, 2006. In...

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Upside Down Eater

Somedays. I'm an upside down eater. Couldn't face breakfast this morning before the dentist's. Came home cavity-free and had leftover dinner for lunch. Then at 6:00 this evening I chowed down on a bowl of yogurt and berries topped with homemade granola. Anyone else have days...

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It Snowed Again

This is my mailbox. I have not used Photoshop or taken the picture at a tricky angle to enhance the effect. I have not given nature a helping hand or rearranged the snowfall in any way. This is how much snow fell the other day. This...

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Keeping Brown Sugar Soft Never Looked So Good

Doesn't look like much does it? You can't tell from the photo above, but this clay brown sugar disk above is a work of art. Not only is it one of my favourite Christmas gifts because of the way it looks, I love it because it keeps...

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More About Chef’s Knives

This picture shows two things. One: I need to use hand cream more often. And Two: The curved finger position that's essential when using sharp knives. You know this already. I know you do. I bet if I asked you how to position the hand that...

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Chef Knives

I have a confession to make. Although I know intellectually that a good set of knives is a cook's most valuable tool, until recently I used cheap ones. Really dull, cheap ones. A good decade ago, I bought a knife set based on laziness convenience and...

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Happy New Year and My Resolutions for 2009

I'm stunned. After a quick look back at my promises, I can announce to the world that I actually kept last year's blog resolutions. I delivered cookbook reviews, shared my thoughts on more than 20 culinary gadgets and included a photo in every post. Even...

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Burr Grinders

Coffee Boy got a burr grinder for Christmas -- a mid-range Krups GVX2-12. While this little gadget will not get its own weekly serial, as did last year's whisky aging kit, it definitely earned its racy model number. Confession time: I thought a burr grinder was...

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday. Since I'm Canadian I observe Boxing Day. I'll be busy polishing off the left-over trifle at breakfast and visiting with family. No shopping. No bargain hunting. Just a day of socializing. In many ways Boxing Day is better...

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