Latte Whip – Whip It, Whip It Good

The buzz of this little gadget starts me off each morning. This handheld, battery-operated latte whip costs less than $15 retail but is priceless in my books. I've tried those Bodum-like milk frothers you pump manually. While they create a nice head of foam, they don't...

Caffeine Brain — it’s a good thing

I'm going to go to North Dakota and kiss someone. Dr Jonathan Geiger, to be precise. Thanks to him and his tireless team of researchers, we now have "the best evidence yet" that caffeine protects the brain. Yes folks, it's true. A cup of joe...

Blog poll is closed

The results are in and I'm inordinately pleased. More than half the voters dissed Ms. Ray, and since almost no one is interested in food trends, I don't have to scour the web for cutting edge food news. At least not for my blog. Editors...

Last Chance to Vote

Today's the last chance to voice your approval via my spiffy new poll. Unlike most voting systems, blog polls break all the rules and the squeaky reader gets the extra virgin olive oil. Feel strongly? Vote twice. Made a mistake? No problem. Make amends with the...

Roll Up the Rim to Lose

Three guesses at what this is. It fits on your key chain, costs $2.50 and could win you a Toyota Matrix XR AWD. Or to be precise, it could help you learn you've won the car -- or a boat, or GPS device or maybe a...

Time for a Poll – No April Foolin’

Look to the left. Just below my profile photo is a poll. I just discovered Blogger's Poll feature and thought now would be a good time to test it out. I've got tons of ideas for blogs, but find my psychic abilities as charred as the...

Aga Envy

You'll never guess what arrived in the mail today - unsolicited. AGA Magazine. Yes, folks, an entire magazine revolving around an oven. It's big, it's glossy and it's not all that bad. I'm speaking of the magazine, but the same applies to an Aga. Okay,...

Umbra Cooknook – Now you see it, now you don’t

I can't resist problem-solving products. Especially if they come in under $20 (tax included). So when Jennifer at Surroundings showed me Umbra's $15 Cooknook, an under-the-cabinet book holder, I had to try it. The picture to the left is how the manufacturer illustrates its use. Notice...

March Issue of Guelph Life

Does the model on the cover of this month's Guelph Life look a tad familiar? Well, she should. C'est moi! Even though this is a regional lifestyle magazine, I've been humming Dr. Hook's "On The Cover of the Rolling Stone" all day. Yes, it dates me....

The Kitchen God

My essay, The Kitchen God, is today's Facts & Arguments essay in the Globe and Mail. In it, I recount learning to bake at my mother's elbow. Thanks Mom. I owe you. Love, Charmian Update: The article is no longer available online for free. For copyright reasons I won't...

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