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A Revolution of Canadian Cookbooks: Mairlyn Smith’s Homegrown

Beef, Cookbooks, Fun, Recipes - Chief Cook - December 3, 2015

Source: Eatnorth.com

A Comedian, a home economist, and a writer – it’s hard to think that a person can be all these things at the same time, but Mairlyn Smith likes to challenge the unimaginable and represents just that. As a renowned food personality in Canada, Mairlyn has captured the attention of Canadian foodies from across the nation with her popular cookbooks such as Healthy Start’s Here!, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa

She is going to be delighting her fans once again with the newest addition to her line of recipe books with Homegrown. Smith is on a serious mission to revive good eating, basic culinary skills and, honestly, just general kitchen common sense. Not only does Mairlyn presents an amazing collection of Canadian recipe’s, the book also represents a collection that primarily focuses on Canadian-grown ingredients. The great aspect about her new book is that she highlights the different local products consumers can use for the recipes and especially focuses on the various agricultural products found from the Pacific coastline to the cool shores of PEI. It is evident that her book will classify Canada’s sprawling geography and bring attention to the different and diverse local products Canadians can enjoy.

Officially being released on December 7th, you can preorder your book at Chapters Indigo here. Now you can enjoy over 160 authentic Canadian recipes with locally produced ingredients such as Gluten-Free PEI Potato Lasagna, Red Lentil Waffles with Pear Sauce, and Asian-Style Nova Scotia Scallops with Miso Glaze. She also has some of our FAVORITE beef recipes made with homegrown Canadian Beef –  because Canada’s the perfect place for raising beef!

 

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CANADIAN TIRE #CTWISHANDWIN CONTEST + TWITTER PARTY!

Celebration, Events, Fun - Chief Cook - November 25, 2015

To celebrate the upcoming holidays, the folks at Canadian Tire are giving you a chance to wish and win ANYTHING in the Canadian Tire flyer! Canadian Tire will be giving away one prize per hour for 25 days! The contest begins on November 23rd, 2015 and runs until December 17th, 2015. You can enter once per day so start tweeting!

What am I wishing for this holiday season?

Hand Blender

This Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender is perfect for creating sauces!

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Philips Pasta Maker – one of my favorites family bonding nights is making homemade pasta – everyone can get involved!

Pizza Oven

I can’t wait to make personal pizzas in this Black & Decker Pizza Oven

Spiralizer

KitchenAid 4-in-1 Spiralizer is great for upping your fruit salad game

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Join us to celebrate the holidays at the #CTWishAndWin Twitter Party.
Twitter Party Details:
Date: December 1st, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m. E
Hashtag: #CTWishAndWin
Host: @CanadianTire
NO RSVP
Prizing: 10 x $100 @CanadianTire Gift Cards

Anyone can participate but only Canadians can win prizes, excluding those in the province of Quebec.

There are so many great prizes in the flyers – from power tools to Canadian Tire’s amazing new CANVAS Christmas collection!The CANVAS collection has everything you need to deck out your home in style for the holidays. There’s something for everyone in the flyer so enter now and get your holiday shopping done (or pick up a little something for yourself!) If you’re lost on what to get a friend or family member, Canadian Tire has created this handy guide on how the Foodie, the Do-it-Yourselfer, the Toy lover, the Auto enthusiast and the connoisseur of clean. Check it out here

Entering is easy!

pick a prize

 Pick your prize – choose a product from the print or digital flyer

Snap A photo

Snap a photo – take a photo of your product from the flyer or select one from the digital flyer

tag

Tag it #CTWishandWIn – Share on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.com/CanadianTire or share it from the digital flyer.

 

What are you wishing for this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below! I can’t wait to see you at the #CTWishandWin Twitter Party and remember to tweet what YOU want for Christmas with the hashtag #CTWishandWin

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Weekend Breakfasts

Weekend Breakfasts

I don’t know about you but when the weekend rolls around I don’t always feel like getting up early to make up big weekend  breakfasts, I like lazing in bed as much as everybody. :) That is why it is great to be able to make breakfast ahead of time.  Whether you make up a strata or a fabulous French toast casserole the night before, whoever gets up first just has to take it out of the fridge, pop it in the oven at the desired temperature and have it ready for when the rest of the clan wakes up; no fuss, and no mess!

This works really well even for early mornings like Christmas, when the kids [so that means you too] are up early and they want to get to opening presents – you can pop it in the oven and just sit and enjoy the mayhem while breakfast is getting prepared.

Here is an easy brunch strata from Kraft Canada– If you are gluten free you can use GF bread instead of the regular bread.

This is a recipe that I have used in the past and has been a hit at Christmas time; it is very sweet and gooey, but oh so good! So if the kids aren’t hyper enough from all the unwrapping they have done on Christmas morning, they can get jump started on this recipe from allrecipes.com  :)

 

Enjoy, hope you get those extra zzz’s 😉

 

 

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Favourite Halloween costume- it is that time of year!

Fun, Uncategorized - rossana - October 4, 2012

Halloween is coming up just around the corner. Do your kids have a favourite Halloween costume planned?  My daughter would start to think about her costume literally the week after Halloween – I loved her enthusiasm!

She came up with some pretty cool ideas and she would get them all together herself.  She must have caught that from my husband – he loved dressing up for Halloween – had elaborate costumes that he made himself – we finally got rid of some of them on our move back from Vancouver, but I am sure he is wishing we had kept them.  I remember one year, he decided he was going to be a Christmas tree – he looked great, awesome tree – only problem was that back then we didn’t have battery powered lights, so he had to stay close to a plug so his lights would work!

Here is one of the costumes we did manage to keep.

Favourite Halloween Costume

 

Do you have a favorite costume that you made up from your past or your child’s?

If you happen to have captured some awesome Halloween costumes and moments,  Nestle Canada  is sponsoring a great contest -> https://apps.facebook.com/myfavouritehalloween/  .  Enter to win grand prize of  $2000 of Chocolates for you and your street!  There will also be 5 weekly prizes drawn.

Make sure to like their page and just upload at least one (1) photograph of yourself, somebody or someone you know wearing a Halloween costume. You can enter as many times as you would like; you have until Oct 8th, then finalists will be  chosen by the judging panel.  They  will judge the entries based on a combination of the following judging criteria; the best that  demonstrate costume creativity, humour, scariness and originality. You will then be able to vote for your favourite FINALIST by October 22nd, the winner will be announced October 24th.  Unfortunately, this contest is only open to Canadians, except those in Quebec. Read rules and regulations.

Good luck !

 

 

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