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Take Two

Take Two

Take Two indeed. Time to take stock and revamp. I kept up with the four-dishes-per-month times three-recipes-each testing quest for all of three weeks. Then Reality came a knockin’, all gray-skinned and sour in the mouth, telling me that it’s just not going to work out. And, damn that Reality, I’m just not deft enough to catch him with the spray tan, or toss a chocolate into the ole pie hole to sweeten him up. I can’t mask him or change his nasty expression, only take him for what he is and go from there. It’s not an utter defeat, though....
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Spring is Sprouting All Over!

Spring is Sprouting All Over!

Spring has sprouted! From the soil and tips of branches, buds are bursting, welcome colour after a winter barren even of snow. Brash dandelions populate our lawn, shouting testimonials to the season, proclaiming our rejection of beautifying chemicals (to the dismay of our neighbours, no doubt). As asparagus, carrots, rhubarb and spinach grow toward crispy, freshness, Ontario farmers prepare for the opening of the markets in May. And I get ready for another round of recipe quests. Hmm. What dishes to test next? Last summer, I watched the 100 Mile Challenge on...
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What Shakespeare and the World’s Greatest Chef Have in Common

What Shakespeare and the World’s G

Anyone can cook. As I mentioned before, if you can read a recipe, you can cook. But I have to admit that those who would disagree aren’t entirely wrong. Cooking is sort of like reading. Both are skills that develop to some extent as a result of necessity and interest. Both happen more readily in an environment where they are encouraged. Kids who love to read are often from homes where reading is valued and modeled. Kids who love to cook are often from homes where they’ve been taught how to do so. My earliest memories of cooking involve cookie cutters...
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To Cook or Not to Cook

To Cook or Not to Cook

Back when I was in university, I roomed with a woman named Beth. She was an intelligent, strong, and determined person, so it was a surprise to me when she insisted that she couldn’t really cook. What?! How could someone who was literate in two languages and gifted with the attention span of a cat stalking a bird be incapable of following simple directions laid out as they are in the average recipe? I learned how to cook at home, at Girl Guides, and at 4-H. Until I heard it from Beth, I never considered the possibility that someone couldn’t cook if they chose...