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Watermelon Glazed Sweet Potato Fries

Orange sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of vitamin A, a nutrient important for healthy eyes and skin. Lycopene from watermelon also is important for healthy skin. Adding a touch of fat to the dish increases the absorption of these two essential substances as much as ten-fold. While it’s a myth that “all…

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Direct Answers – Deadwood -Part 2

So much has happened in the less than a month since I last wrote… [The full letter in Last Week’s Column.] ~ Lesa Lesa, during the Second World War the Allied military faced a big problem. Bombers were getting shot down right and left. Of the ones that returned, many had bullet holes in the…

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Meanwhile The World Goes On – Mary Oliver

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on….

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Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder

The Perfect Tender Roast of The Season Looking for a tender and juicy roast recipe to serve? Look no further than this milk-braised pork shoulder recipe. It includes dry vermouth which is also referred to as “white” or “French” vermouth. If you can’t find it, opt for a dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc…

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Chickens in Cold Weather

8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Backyard Flock Healthy and Warm Keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard means they will need some extra attention to make it through the winter safe, healthy, happy and warm. Where many large-scale farmers don’t go to the extra work to pamper their chicks, small…

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Spinach and Meatball Soup with Outer Space Pasta

This veggie-packed meatball soup is technically for kids, but you’ll be tempted to sneak a bowl for yourself. “There is no age restriction on good taste, even if it comes in the form of a UFO-shaped noodle,” says Samara Foisy, registered dietitian for President’s Choice. “This is one of my favourite recipes since the pasta…

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Avocado Toast Pockets

The popular brunch staple gets a holiday appetizer makeover in this phyllo-crusted pocket version. The avocado toast is a delicious combo of creamy avocado, fresh tomato, onion and tart lime, and is beautifully paired with a cilantro-sour cream for dipping. Serves eight for less than $0.70 each. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)

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Direct Answers – Deadwood

So much has happened in less than a month since I last wrote. I told my husband I wanted a divorce. He doesn’t want one but agreed we shouldn’t be married if I’m not happy. We settled on a three-month timeline for him to move out. Obviously there’s much more to decide. (Visited 3 times,…

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Cranberry Flax Pumpkin Bread

Fall for Flax Bread Two of the season’s most-loved foods come together in this delicious homemade bread. Pumpkin’s potent beta-carotene and cranberries’ anthocyanin phytochemicals are blended together with flaxseed’s protective omega-3 fats. Flax is also being studied for their lignans, plant estrogens which may play a role in protecting against breast cancer. (Visited 33 times,…

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Top 5 Cold Weather Comforts

With the end of summer holidays, shorter days, cooler temperatures and school routines back in full swing, the fall season is made for pampering yourself with creature comforts. The next time you’re missing long summer nights spent outside, try one or more of these five ways to cozy up to fall and face the colder…

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Millet with Mushrooms and Pumpkin Seeds

Milllet is a soft-textured whole grain that’s perfect for casseroles and one-pots. And now, research shows that whole grains can help lower your risk for colorectal cancer. Cooking the grain and vegetables at the same time will give you a healthy dinner or side in only 30 minutes. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)

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Fall Harvest Salad

This hearty fall salad is the perfect one-pan medley of winter squash, crunchy kale and spiced chickpeas, all roasted to perfection. By roasting all on one pan, you’ll cut time and clean-up while combining tons of cancer-fighting foods. Substitute any winter squash, root vegetable or bean for the ingredients below for a truly versatile dinner…

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Direct Answers – Fishing in a Teacup

I’m a high school student at a small private school. And when I say small I mean like 21 people in my grade! Out of the 21 people, only six of them are guys! Out of the six guys, only one of them kind of has my heart. (Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)

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Beef and Veal Kofta

Cozy Up to Fall with Flavorful Comfort Foods It’s easy to see why so many top chefs prefer cooking with natural gas. Stoves and grills powered by natural gas allow you to cook with more even, direct and precise heat. Here’s a delicious recipe for a kofta, a tasty Middle Eastern dish, similar to meatloaf…

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Muffin Tin Meat Loaf

Make a Mini Version of Your Favorite Comfort Foods A serving of vegetables has made its way into these mini chicken meat loaves, but you wouldn’t know it. The mushrooms and carrot help keep the meatloaf moist while adding flavour and nutrients. Make a big batch in advance and freeze for up to one month….

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Baking for The Holidays? A Checklist of Pantry Must-Haves

A holiday season without baked goodies would be like a movie without popcorn, burgers without fries or a sundae sans cherry: good but not quite perfect. If you enjoy baking traditional holiday favorites, you may also like trying new recipes. Experimenting with new recipes is easier if you start out with a well-stocked pantry. (Visited…