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Hoist on my own culinary petard

I seem to have earned myself a bit of a reputation as a gastronomic fuss-budget. Recently, when I asked friends to recommend all-inclusive resorts for a mid-winter getaway, they all hesitated. No one seemed concerned about my Casper-white skin turning the colour of a freshly boiled...

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With a little help from my friends

The hand model in the above photo is my brother-in-law, Ian. Little did he know that showing up early for the World's Longest Barbecue would earn him praise and a shift on the grill. With my wrist still under protective custody, I lassoed everyone into...

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Bloggy Awards – They Like Me

Well, there I was moping around with an injured wrist, wondering what I should blog about and cyberspace provided. I just got assessed by the Bloggy Awards and they seem to like me. Click here to read their evaluation. If you do, feel free to leave...

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Chaos Theory

Dear heavens. Keeping a kitchen under control shouldn't be that hard. But with a freezer stuffed with mystery meat and a fridge full of flat wine and even flatter veggies, I know that it will take greater minds than Einstein's to find a solution. Between...

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World’s Longest Barbecue

Not sure how to spend the August long weekend? Well, fire up the grill and help us make history by taking part in The World's Longest Barbecue. No need to brave endless line ups or call in the parking angels. This annual celebration of local...

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August Meeting – Summer BBQ

August Meeting - Summer BBQTuesday, August 12th, 2008 7:00 p.m. to whenever It’s time for the annual PWAC-Guelph summer BBQ. Rain or shine. Last year it poured as Kira barbecued her amazing marinated pork chops. This year? Let’s hope we can sit under the pergola while enjoying...

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The Art of Food

I went to a restaurant opening a while back and couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. The place was packed, and guests were raving about the food. While the ingredients were high quality, every time a server offered me a dish I...

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Mezzaluna Amore

This gadget makes my Top 10 Desert Island list for many reasons. On a practical note, it's almost old enough to vote and still minces fresh herbs like it's brand spanking new. But I love it for sentimental reasons as well. When visiting a friend in...

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Lazy Days of Eating Corn

The Globe and Mail is running a series of essays on the theme Lost Summer. Today my memories of the annual family corn roast runs in Facts & Arguments. It will be available online for a few days and then will be archived. So, find...

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I was wrong

When I went to Wisconsin, I was expecting little more than fish and cheese. The swiveling, 3-foot mechanical mouse at Green Bay Airport did little to dissuade me. It offered a platter of cheese to passersby. I didn't stop to see if the cheese was...

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