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Healthy Cooking with Chef Tara Black

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It’s January, and the gym is a total writeoff thanks to everyone’s renewed passion for fitness. I’m tired of waiting in line for the squat rack and stationary bikes, so until it all blows over in February I’m looking to my diet to stay healthy. I’m not talking about the latest weight-loss craze — I mean a new philosophy for eating, taking the things I eat day in and day out and trying to make...

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2015 Lifestyle Upgrade: Juicing with the Hurom Elite

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Between Christmas, three birthdays in the family (mine included) and New Years Eve, December is a diet and alcohol write-off in my house. Charcuterie plates, blue-cheese stuffed olives, and overindulgent evening meals, crowned with a Christmas stocking filled to the gills with various types of chocolate are just a few examples of the carnage. To add insult to injury, this year my husband gave me...

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Sparkle Simply this NYE

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Coming down after Christmas, only to turn around and begin preparations for New Year’s Eve celebrations can make for a fun yet overwhelming week.

As a mother of two, it can be a challenge to keep pace with the tidying of one’s house and entertaining friends and family as out-of-school youngsters tear through a multitude of new toys, leaving trails of little twisty-ties, plastic and partially...

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For the Love of Gadgets

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When I was eleven, my next door neighbour Jessica got a parmesan cheese grater for Christmas. I remember my envy as I sulked over my mountain of unwrapped pyjamas, cds and pre-teen novels. I pictured Jessica’s elevated rank in the family kitchen: Cheese Dispenser - an obvious step up from my perennial title of Pasta Stirrer. Yesterday I had no idea it existed; today I wanted a parmesan cheese...

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Seven Perfect Gifts for Coffee Geeks

 

I don’t know about you, but waking up when it’s still dark outside is pretty much my worst nightmare. Some days there’s nothing but the gentle slap-to-the-face of hot coffee that can get me going, and often the quality of that hit sets the tone for my whole day. That, combined with my fascination with the technical side of food & drink, means I’m always on the lookout for cool gadgets to make...

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