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eat more fruit

Berry baskets are nothing new…BUT I love when I stumble upon new designs and shapes. You’ll often see the classics, like the two on the right in the image below – but rarely have I found full sided ceramic baskets. I was so happy to find this collection online. Read on to see where to buy. It’s a larger size (just under 6″ square) so it’s quite a practical size for storing food in your fridge or kitchen pantry.
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win a baking prize pack to celebrate national cupcake day

We don’t typically need a reason to indulge in sweet treats, but come February 23rd it’s basically guilt-free because we’ll be celebrating National Cupcake Day AND helping a good cause!

cupcake day recipes win a baking prize pack to celebrate national cupcake day

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7 steps to brewing better coffee

Chris Chekan, founder of Monarch Methods, designs sleek copper pour-over kettles with efficiency and brewing precision in mind. I asked him about his favourite way to brew coffee – the pour-over method, obviously – and how to do it in seven steps for a better cup of joe, every day.

MonarchMethodsKettle 7 steps to brewing better coffee

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smoothie essential: take it to go

Having recently jumped on the ‘smoothie’ bandwagon, I think these travel drinking glasses are going to become my newest obsession. They are dishwasher safe and you can purchase white lids to go with them, making it easy to take any drink with you. Read on to learn more about these trendy tumblers.

 

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winter style essentials

Winter is coming and, if you’re anything like me, it’s time to hibernate. But before you hide away, let’s talk about winter style.

WinterEssentials Fireplace winter style essentials

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how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

A cast iron pan is a dependable tool for the home cook. It has a naturally nonstick surface that evenly distributes heat; it can easily go from stovetop to oven; and if you properly care for your cast iron pan, it can last for generations. Proper care means seasoning it, which will bring out a natural nonstick coating. Here, I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.

CastIronPan how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

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Harley Pasternak’s essentials for a healthy kitchen

Last week, I sat down with celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak to chat about his latest book, The Body Reset Diet, and his brand-new Power Blender. Here, I’m sharing Harley’s top three essentials for a healthy kitchen. Read on to find out what they are – I wholeheartedly agree that every budding home chef should have all three of them!

HarleyPasternak Harley Pasternaks essentials for a healthy kitchen

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.

IMG 1518 places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

oranges new use tuesdays: oranges

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easy ideas for a sparkling wine and fondue holiday party

When it comes to holiday parties, I veer toward the approach that simpler = better. Parties that take minimal effort to pull together not only leave the host feeling relaxed, but guests, too. This year, I’d like to invite my friends over for a sparkling wine and fondue party. Inspired by a Jackson-Triggs après ski party that I attended, here are four easy steps (and two recipes).

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