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Ultimate Designer Holiday Gift Guide

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:48 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:54 PM

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I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks talking about kitchen design, appliances and entertaining. Today I thought I'd put together twenty of my favourite products for the ultimate designer holiday gift guide.

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Top tools for the kitchen from a Top Chef

by Blogger ‎10-30-2014 03:20 PM - edited ‎10-30-2014 03:55 PM

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You’ve heard it said so often before, that it’s the little things that can make such a difference. That is true in life, and in cooking.  One of the simplest ways to improve your cooking is to make sure you are cooking with the right tools. I’ve compiled a list of some of the essential tools that can give you a leg up in the kitchen.

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Knives 101

by Blogger on ‎10-29-2014 02:57 PM - last edited on ‎10-29-2014 04:24 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Having the right knife can make even the most mundane kitchen task easier and quicker.  But where do you begin when it comes to knives?  How many knives do you really need?  Which material is best, and how should you care for your new purchase?  Click along with us as we commence Knife University!

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Over my years working as a chef at home and in the industry, I've experimented in the kitchen and figured out many time-saving techniques that make cooking a breeze with any appliance. These kitchen hacks not only save time and make cooking easier, but they also reduce food waste and provide healthier options for common snacks.

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Breville bringing the Boss of all blenders to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎10-16-2014 01:28 PM - last edited on ‎10-16-2014 02:10 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With the shockingly amount of addictives, chemicals and fillers added to much of the food we eat today, I prefer making not only my own beverages at home, but meals too. I’ve always been a believer in the power of blenders, especially when I observe my local juice shops using those fancy, powerful, commercial-grade blenders. Well, now that powerful experience can be brought home thanks to the new Breville Boss super blender.

 

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Savings you can achieve with a new appliance

by Blogger on ‎10-05-2014 01:23 AM - last edited on ‎10-07-2014 03:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When it comes to buying a major appliance, most of us only consider the upfront cost and the specific  features of the appliance we are considering purchasing.  However, there’s another cost that’s often overlooked and is just as important—the cost of operating the appliance over its lifetime. We all know that major appliances make up a hefty chunk of our utility bill, but you’ll probably be surprised to learn how much money an energy-efficient appliance can save you in the long run. If you want to start reaping the savings, start by familiarizing yourself with ENERGY STAR qualified products. I’ll explain what ENERGY STAR is, then explain how much you might save by upgrading some of the major appliances in your home.

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Microwaves 101: the Wonderful World of Microwaves and how to Choose Yours!

by Blogger on ‎09-24-2014 02:24 AM - last edited on ‎09-24-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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I was surprised to learn that it's been almost 60 years since the first microwave ovens were produced. Back in the '80s in small town Nova Scotia, it was kind of a big deal to acquire a microwave, and a good many people weren't lucky enough to have one at all. For those that did, however, the device was generally big, heavy, and entirely lacking in special features. Today's microwaves are far more advanced than those clunky machines of the '80s, and a lot more difficult to pick out too. So today I'm posting a microwave oven buyer's guide of sorts with a number of useful tips for buying your next microwave.

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Cookware 101: How to pick the best cookware set

by Blogger on ‎09-15-2014 07:23 AM - last edited on ‎09-15-2014 03:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Cookware might be the home item you spend the most on.  After all, in terms of price, it can be right up there with your sofa and your bed.  If you've walked past a display of kitchen cookware, you know there's a ton of choices out there, not to mention colours, metals and styles galore.  So what do you need to know before making the investment?  Class is assembling for Cookware 101 ...

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Oven 101: Everything you need to know before buying a new oven

by Blogger on ‎09-02-2014 04:56 PM - last edited on ‎10-03-2014 04:20 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The oven.  It’s the hearth of the home, and the heart of the kitchen.  It bakes cookies and roasts, and cooks probably the vast majority of your food.  If you’re burning, more than baking, these days or setting off the smoke detector every time you try searing, maybe it’s time to upgrade.  There are a million options as far as ovens go; I’ll take you through some of the newest technology and cool add ons, plus outline the wide range of options available.

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Great Lunch and Snack Ideas for Preschoolers

by Blogger on ‎08-10-2014 09:17 PM - last edited on ‎09-05-2014 04:29 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Your baby is growing up and going to preschool! Time to get creative by making lunches and snacks your kid will actually want to eat as he or she goes off to play with new friends. Here are a few tips on providing nutritious food that your child won’t toss in the trash.

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Ideal TV and Sound Systems for the Kitchen

by Blogger on ‎05-29-2014 01:32 PM - last edited on ‎06-13-2014 02:40 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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While living rooms and dens still reign supreme for creating the best home entertainment and home theatre setups, a little creativity in kitchen goes a long way. If your family is anything like mine, the kitchen is the place to congregate. It's where we cook our meals but it's also our cocktail bar, where we have breakfast, feed our toddler and where snacks are served.

 

People spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing family meals, baking cakes and pastries or simply handling the chores that need to be done such as washing dishes, clearing plates, cleaning surfaces and counters and preparing meals to-go make up a large chunk of time. Here's a list of neat ideas to occupy the time.

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Portable Appliances Save Space: Dishwashers, Wash Machines, & Air Conditioners

by Blogger on ‎05-21-2014 03:34 AM - last edited on ‎05-26-2014 11:08 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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A significant portion of our day to day lives is spent using household appliances of one kind or another, and many of these appliances are BIG! So what are those of us to do whose homes are microscopic (like many modern condos)? Or the lucky few with RVs or mobile homes to enjoy (certainly not me!)? For these folks, some of the most necessary home appliances are far too big and clunky to be convenient. Thankfully there are portable versions of these everyday appliances that can easily make our lives just a little less cluttered and a whole lot better. That's why in this Blog I examine three portable appliances that are great for those that live (or play) in smallish accommodations. So, if you'd like to see just how well these movable machines can work for you, click through and read all about it. 

 

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Create Your Dream Kitchen with Bosch’s Stove or Cooktop

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2014 12:12 PM - last edited on ‎04-17-2014 04:08 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Are you addicted to the show Canada’s Top Chef? Or want to be on Recipes to Riches? Many of you prefer to live vicariously through these contestants, but why not bring that fantasy to reality. All it takes is one update to your kitchen to create the ultimate culinary experience. You guessed it, the key is updating your stove or adding a cooktop, only so you can compete with the very best.  Or deliver the best meals for yourself as well as friends and family.  Whether you’ve been cooking for years or just starting, it’s important to be working on your craft with the best kitchen appliance.  There are three brilliant ways to cook on your stovetop, whether you choose gas, electric or induction. Let’s find out the perfect cooking performance for you.

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Brighten Up Your Kitchen This Spring with Colourful New Appliances and Housewares!

by Blogger on ‎04-08-2014 03:15 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2014 05:09 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

 

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With Springtime now upon us, a sense new beginnings and rejuvenation slowly takes hold. There's a feeling of 'out with the old, and in with the new' that emerges with Spring cleaning underway and the freshness and cleansing that comes with the season.  For this reason, in today's Blog I suggest several small kitchen appliances featuring bright and bold colours for the newly arrived Spring season.

 

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Spring Equinox inspires Persian Cooking

by Blogger ‎03-19-2014 01:12 PM - edited ‎03-20-2014 08:44 AM

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Spring Equinox is just around the corner – March 20th at 9:57am PST -- to be exact. The first day of spring also marks the beginning of the Persian New Year celebration. In Farsi the New Year is called Norooz, which means “new day,” and this cultural celebration that lasts for twelve days of festivities.  Traditional Iranian meals are served during this season and you could imagine abundance of herbs and spices, especially saffron, in every meal. For this spring, let’s explore a new cultural dish; here are a few Persian-inspired cuisines to try at home.

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