Cacao Barry Pistoles Winner

On Thursday, I asked why bother tempering chocolate and readers responded.  And a smart lot you are. In case you missed the answers, tempering chocolate not only removes the white film that develops when chocolate is exposed to humidity or temperature fluctuations,...

Wordless Wednesday: You Gotta Break A Few Eggs

Clearly I'm not to be trusted. One day I announce to the world that I'm not going to get all bent out of shape over photography any more and the next? While judging the 2010 Canadian Food Blog Awards I get so excited by the...

Gadget Review: WafflePro Express
I'm not a breakfast person, but if I could eat waffles every morning, I am willing to change my position. It would indeed be the Most Important Meal of the day. While I adore waffles, waffles irons and The Christies haven't always gotten along. When I was a child my mom didn't cook waffles. She pried and chiseled them. Her fancy, family-sized, teflon-coated beast was supposed to produce giant square waffles perfect for re-toasting as snacks. No Christie waffle ever made it that far. Regardless of how she oiled or pre-heated the iron, the waffles clung to its surface like barnacles to a ship hull. At an early age, I decided waffles were something I'd be able to enjoy only in restaurants. Until now.
All by Himself

Today a piece of our topsy-turvy life returned to normal. Andrew made coffee this morning. All by himself. That three-word sentence fragment is so important I'm giving it its own line and plenty of white space. In fact, it's so important I'm going to write it again. All...

2011 Resolutions and 10 iSpice Giveaways

This is the time of year I look over last years' resolutions, publicly admit defeat and prove my optimistic tendencies by giving it yet another go. This year? For the first time ever, I actually met all my published goals. Admittedly, they weren't grandiose, like...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you, your friends, your family, your neighbours (even the ones who put giant inflatable snowmen on their front lawn), your pets and your coworkers a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. I'll be off from December 24th to January 3rd....

Food Apps for iPhone and iPad

I have turned into one of those hand-held-gadget people I used to mock. Once blissfully free of anything more technically advanced than a pen and notepad, I now find myself tethered to a library of tunes, a six-tiered calendar, five email accounts and a nest...


I used to be a master multi-tasker. As a Gemini, it came naturally. I'll admit there were times I did it just to show off. When friends and family dropped in I'd be sure they'd catch me cooking a five-course meal, answering email and writing...

Thanksgiving Survival Guide
I'm a big advocate of knowing your limits. While I'm very good at producing stellar individual dishes (Cranberry & Apple Cake aside), I'm not as gifted when it comes to co-ordinating large, multi-course meals. Want chicken curry on rice with a veggie? No problem. Drop by anytime for a soup, salad and savory scone. And I'm always happy to whip up a batch of ginger cookies. But ask me to produce a stuffed bird, three sides, sauce and dessert? I channel my inner hypochondriac and start searching for the thermometer. Expect me to serve this to a dozen people while wearing heels? Well, let's just say I play the "Small House with an Eat-In Kitchen" card as often as I can. And thanks to my parents, with their large kitchen and even larger dining room, this excuse works every time. All I have to do is show up with a Pumpkin Pie and I'm golden. But I realize not everyone has this Get-Out-of-Cooking-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Free option. So, to help those who are flying solo with the holiday hosting, I'm acknowledging my limits and handing the reigns over to the pros. Knowing the challenges of organizing and executing a holiday dinner, the good people at Rouxbe Online Cooking School have created a Step-by-Step Holiday Guide to get you through Thanksgiving (or Christmas for that matter).

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