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Being the self-described nerd that I am, I love documentaries. You can imagine my delight when the annual Hot Docs Festival announces their lineup! This year, as with many things, the format was online. We really enjoyed two documentaries, one about runner/coach Alberto Salazar and the...

April is a funny month. We can be graced with warm, sunny days filled with the promise of summer, and just when we feel it's safe to store away our winter coats, bam - we get hit with snow! To me, rainy days in April feel...

Happy days - it's barbecue season! As with many recipes I post/create, it's often a combination of craving meets what I have on hand. On our way back from filming some classes, I had the inspiration to create a black bean burger. I knew we had...

A friend recently overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, and after several years, multiple setbacks and more than a few tears, he has finally adopted his son. Deeply moved by this beautiful story, I am reminded once again that we can do hard things. I have witnessed people overcome...

A recent article in the Globe and Mail featured a warm Greek chicken salad recipe from food writer Ricardo Larrivee. His most recent cookbook is called Sheet Pan Everything and is devoted to yummy recipes that require minimal equipment, which also means minimal clean up - that's...

Living at the edge of the forest certainly has its benefits. We get to explore and soak up the goodness that surrounds us. Enjoying my first spring living amongst the trees, I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Ontario's official flower, the trillium. On each...

I had purchased a bag of apples that were a "great deal" only to discover that they were rather bashed up and kind of mealy, sigh. I also had some strawberries that were threatening to turn on me at any moment, so I was anxious...

It's never easy having things forced upon you. I think we can all agree that this past year has forced many things upon us, and it's been hard, really hard. Along with many, we've been clobbered and have had to pivot, shift, pivot, shift. No...

I have always been rather indiscriminate when it comes to my use of oils with cooking. I rarely measure the glug of oil when I saute vegetables. Since I was primarily using "healthy" fats, I wasn't concerned. While I continue to cook with oils, I...

I remember so clearly tentatively entering the room for our first cross-country team meeting at university. I had flown across the country on invitation to join the national middle-distance running program at the University of Victoria. From a small, protected pond of Leaside to the...

I'm a sucker for serendipity. I absolutely adore stories of "happy accidents" that defy simple odds or logic for that matter. A particular form of serendipity that pleases me to no end is when I see/hear/read the same message a variety of times over the course...

  Having a healthy breakfast on the ready brings a certain satisfaction for me, much like preparing a slow cooker meal in the morning and knowing that dinner is taken care of...