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patriotic caesars

It might not be as obvious as hockey or maple syrup, but the savoury caesar is a Canadian staple (we’re averaging about 350 million glass-fulls a year!). So what better bevvy to sip on this Canada Day weekend? Walter, the Canadian-based all-natural craft caesar mix maker, has dreamt up a concoction that takes patriotism to the next level: Playfully named the Johnny Mac (after our first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald), it’s a little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of fun. Try it yourself!

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current obsession: australian herbal tea

I’m a coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon kind of gal. Herbal tea. I’d rather not find myself awake at 2 a.m. with a surge of caffeine-induced insomnia. No thank you. Since I’m somewhat of a herbal tea hoarder and Style at Home‘s resident health nut, I was thrilled to discover Australia’s Tea With Me, a collection of organic teas, specially formulated by nutritionists, doctors and herbalists.

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5 favourite cookbooks of the moment

The first half of 2015 has seriously delivered in terms of new cookbook releases. I already have a large collection of cookbooks and I’ve recently added a few new ones to my shelves. Here are the five currently living on my kitchen countertop, getting dog-earred and sauce-stained, along with my go-to recipes from each.

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editor’s pick: cookina mats

June is the height of grilling season and, as I wrote in the June Housekeeping column, diligently cleaning your barbecue grills is key to producing mouth-watering eats – or so I thought. I’m a lover of a juicy shortcut, and Cookina grilling sheets offer just that: The reusable flexible mats can be placed right over the grills and cooked upon up to 550° F.  The grills themselves remain in pristine condition (no need to scrub burnt-on food off with a heavy-duty metal-bristled brush) and there is no issue with juices dripping into the interior of the grill. What’s more, the mats’ non-stick surfaces mean you can skip the cooking oil, and a quick wipe is all it takes to cue up the ‘cue from meats to veggies or fruits without any flavour transfer. They even come with ridges for those all-important grill marks! When you’re done, just wash with dish soap and warm water, dry and roll them up for simple out-of-the-way storage. Happy grilling, everyone!

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Have you tried this innovative product? Tell me all about it, and share your results on social media with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill. 

 

new-use tuesday: sponge

As I wrote in the March 2015 edition of Style at Home‘s Housekeeping column, your kitchen sponge can harbour a ton of bacteria and ought to be disinfected rigorously and regularly. But in addition to some unpleasant surprises it might have in store, the sponge also holds tons of wonderful potential. Here are just a few of its handy alternate uses.

Meridian sponge holder, Umbra.

Meridian sponge holder, Umbra.

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new-use tuesday: tea

This is the kind of afternoon best spent with a soothing cup of Earl Grey or orange pekoe, so I’m popping in to steep you in a little housekeeping know-how. That’s right, this week’s new-use spotlight is on tea.

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places to go, people to see: one of a kind spring show

Ah, what a fine Saturday morning it is. So bright and full of opportunity. What to do with this beautiful day, you ask? Head down to the One of a Kind Spring Show, of course! On until tomorrow, the exhibit boasts unique handmade wares from 450 Canadian artisans. Here are a few of my favourite things, starting with Senay Studio!

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the experts have spoken

Are you a wannabe foodie (like me)? If yes, you’re going to love this book! Offering suggestions of ‘Where Chefs Eat’ in pretty much every major city (No but seriously – this book recommends 3000+ places). Read on to learn where you can grab a copy of your own!
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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!

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