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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide 2013

Arbitrary: Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide 2013

It’s Dec. 24, which means you’re too late for online shopping, Clicky McGee. You’re going to have to go out into the world, interact with people and listen to tediously overplayed Christmas music through tinny shop speakers. Or wear earplugs. Your call. On the plus side, you’ll get to support local businesses with your holiday […]

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Arbitrary: Why I love my balcony garden

Until moving to Calgary, the closest I came to balcony gardening was the flower bed in front of our old apartment in Edmonton’s Belgravia neighbourhood, which the owners actively encouraged us to plant with veggies and herbs. Try as we might, the soil was kind of grotty, and the local rabbits trashed much of the […]

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Gear: Parchment paper

  I only started using parchment paper a couple of years ago, when a recipe for macarons requested it be put down on a baking sheet before piping on mounds of sticky almond egg goop. How clueless was I? I’d never even heard of parchment paper, and I doubt we ever had any in our […]

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NEAROF!’s Christmas Gift General Ideas 2011

I did one of these Christmas gift lists last year, and I had fun doing it, so why not give it another go. Don’t be surprised if you spot items that seem vaguely similar to things from the 2010 list. BOOKS Larousse Gastronomique: I’ve been meaning to get a copy of this for years. Not […]

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Gear: Wooden toaster tongs

  How many times have you said to yourself, “Damn, self. I sure love toast, but I hate accidentally electrocuting myself when I remove a slice from the toaster with a fork. Isn’t there … a BETTER WAY?” Yes, my friends! These nifty wooden toaster tongs came from a craft vendor at the City Market […]

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Gear: Cuisinart Griddler, first look

A couple of months ago, our household George Foreman Grill gave up the lean, mean ghost. It couldn’t be saved. We mourned its loss, and we took it as a sign – it was time to trade up to a Cuisinart “Griddler.” To say I have a thing for Cuisinart is like saying the Queen […]

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Kitchen Gear: Fancy lemon zester

I’m serious about zesting. As someone who loves pure lemony flavour, I occasionally work with recipes that require lemon zest – my famous lemon blueberry muffins, say, as well as my family’s secret orehnjaca recipe*. Of course, most people would just use the fine side of a boxy cheese grater. That’s what I did for […]

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Kitchen Gear: Ove Glove

Oven mitts have a rough time in my household. Between my wife accidentally burning them and the inevitable wear and tear on the lining through repeated use, they start to get ratty. And once they get ratty, your chances of getting burned through an unprotected patch goes up. Looking for an alternative, my wife picked […]

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