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Being a Good Culinary Sport

I am either exceptionally gullible or way too accommodating. It's stinking hot outside and I'm baking hockey skates. No really. Andrew's skates are sub par and an extremely generous friend gave him these top-of-the-line Mission S500s. How fancy are these? Eight hours before you use them for...

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Roasting Results – Round One

Murphy, tried to make an appearance during coffee roasting, but we sent him packing. When prolonged use began to melt the cover on the hot air popper, we simply removed it. When the beans unexpectedly swelled to twice their size and began to overflow, we chased...

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Roasting Results – Round One

Murphy, tried to make an appearance during coffee roasting, but we sent him packing. When prolonged use began to melt the cover on the hot air popper, we simply removed it. When the beans unexpectedly swelled to twice their size and began to overflow, we chased...

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What colour is your coffee?

Yesterday, Andrew and I went to The Green Beanery in Toronto to buy a half pound of beans for our home roasting experiment. When faced with a wall of choices, we were unable to make a firm decision and bought six different types. I justified...

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Playing with fire

When I was in Nova Scotia this week, Jodi introduced me to Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op, the first fair trade roasters in Canada. You know the owners are passionate when they mortgage their house to start a business with 10 tons of green beans...

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Restaurant Signs

Photo by Myhsu. I've got to learn to pick up on hints. But I was so anxious to relive the wonderful restaurant experience Andrew and I had five years ago while on vacation, I ignored the obvious clues that disappointment was just a fork load away....

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Crazy for Crockpots

Stephanie, aka the Crockpot Lady, is one brave cook. She's vowed to make a crockpot recipe a day -- every day -- for 2008. Not only does she make the expected soups and stews, she steps outside the slowcooker box and makes falafels. And pancakes. And stuffed...

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Fiddleheads and friendship

I had a number of treats today. First, I drove to the visually stunning and fertile Annapolis Valley to visit my friend Jodi DeLong, a freelance writer, avid gardener and creator of the blog Blooming Writer. Not only did I meet her horse, 27-year-old donkey...

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Edna Staebler – Our piece of her legacy

It's more than a little ironic that I, the family foodie and knitting addict, do not own this colourful mouse. Through a cruel twist of fate, years ago my husband interviewed Edna Staebler, an icon of Canadian food culture and author of Food that Really...

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Sticker Shock

A while ago, I caused some confusion when I posted a recipe for hummus and mentioned my belly dance classes. Yes, I dance. Just not very well. When I cleaned up my office, I located the missing bumper sticker -- which had been filed away...

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