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Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Get Your Kids to Love Fish! Corn Flake Crusted Tilapia

Do your kids say “yuck” when you prepare fish for dinner?  Is their response “Well, I’m definitely not going to eat that!” Welcome to the club. Lucky is the parent who can boast that their child cheers when fish is what’s for dinner.  Fish is an important source of omega fats, which are crucial to brain development and immune function. Omega fats have been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers and cardiovascular diseases; and are useful also … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Lara’s Picnic Pasta Salad

Store bought cold salads have an uncanny reputation for leaving consumers with the “preservative tummy ache”.  It is so easy to whip up delicious, preservative- free options.  Below is a salad I like to take to barbecues in the summertime.  However, it will often be found in my fridge at other times of the year because it makes a quick and nutritous lunch.  4 C fusili pasta (tricolored is nice for presentation) 1 med red onion, chopped black … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Apricot and Almond Basmati

Lara’s Apricot and Almond Basmati

This is one very easy way to dress up a plain old standby.  Apricot and Almond Basmati was the result of wanting to add colour, slight sweetness, and crunch to ordinary rice.  It is an accompaniment frequently made for parties, and pairs well with roasted chicken, kebobs, or pork tenderloin.  4 C cooked rice (basmati) 2 C dried apricots, sliced lengthwise 2 large onions 1 C slivered almonds pinch salt cinnamon (optional) In a large pot, sauté onions in oil until caramelized.  Add Apricots and almonds, and stir … Read entire article »

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Do you ever fancy a comforting snack after a tough workout?  Try these fresh, delicious muffins with a glass of milk. This is a recipe I learned from my mom years ago. Preheat the oven to 400F.  Grease a muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl, mix 2 C all purpose flour, 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt. In a smaller bowl, mix 2 eggs, 1 C milk, … Read entire article »

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Lara’s Banana Bread Recipe

Lara’s Banana Bread Recipe

I like this one because I never have to look it up- it’s so easy to remember and always a crowd-pleaser.  This banana bread tastes great on its own; but it is over the top with peanut butter and nutella!         Preheat oven to 350F. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, 1 egg, 1/2 C mayo (olive oil mayo works well), 1 C sugar, 1. 5 C flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2 C crumbled walnuts, pecans, or chocolate chips (optional). Directions: In a large bowl, blend the first four ingredients with a hand held electric mixer … Read entire article »

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Smorgasbord Strategies for Smooth New Year’s Entertaining

Smorgasbord Strategies for Smooth New Year’s Entertaining

Posted on December 30, 2010 by laragalian The last day of 2010 is approaching. Soon all the hullabaloo of the holidays will slip into dormancy for (almost) another whole year; but who’s counting? If you thrive on order and run an organized home, at about this time there’s an itch for normalcy. It’s been too much rich food, too much wine, and too much chatter. Not to mention that you haven’t seen the gym in weeks, … Read entire article »

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Maintaining Vitality Throughout The Winter Months

Maintaining Vitality Throughout The Winter Months

It is true that there are some beautiful aspects to this season. A brisk walk on a sunny January afternoon can be invigorating; and it’s so pretty to look out at the snow from inside a cozy space while holding a favourite warm beverage. But let’s face it- for many people, the buck stops there. It’s tough to have a spring in one’s step when trudging along in heavy boots and it is so annoying to … Read entire article »

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Keeping the Gardener Happy Through the Winter

Keeping the Gardener Happy Through the Winter

At this time of year, it seems as though the cold will last forever. For those of us who cringe at Southern Ontario’s frequently relentless, grey and frigid weather, the one bright spot is that the days have started to get longer. We know it’s premature, but in our minds the countdown to the spring thaw is justified; and every day we get closer to witnessing the amazing bloom of the forsythia above semi-frozen ground. While … Read entire article »

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