Burgers for the Holidays


As an Amer­i­can liv­ing in Canada, I get to cel­e­brate two sum­mer holidays–Canada Day and the 4th Fourth of July. And like Thanks­giv­ing, the other hol­i­day I get to dou­ble up on, it has every­thing to do with the food. Well, the food and fireworks.

You kind of can't have a July cel­e­bra­tion with­out ham­burg­ers. I guess you could but I may feel a wee bit cheated if I'm invited. And you may think burg­ers only belong on the menu for the kids, you should recon­sider when it comes to these babies. These hefty burg­ers have all the bite of a juicy beef ver­sion with the ben­e­fits of a lighter alter­na­tive. We've even got a meat­less selec­tion for you. So fire up the grill and get out the sparklers, it's time to make some sum­mer memories.

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Roundup: Dinner Salads


I don't need for the tem­per­a­ture to rise to love din­ner sal­ads. It's my pref­er­ence most nights. As sum­mer finally arrives and local pro­duce is at its best I can get the rest of my fam­ily make sal­ads into meals, too. Over the years here at SPC we've made so many meal-worthy sal­ads and here are a few of our favourites. Read more

Entertaining Week: Strawberry and Mascarpone Pancakes


It has finally arrived. Sum­mer. Well, the cal­en­dar told us it was here a week ago but until you get those kids out of school you can't fully strap on the sun­screen. Thank­fully, school ended this week. (Is it just me or when we were kids did we get out of school way ear­lier? This end of June stuff is so annoy­ing.) Now that Canada is about to cruise into its long week­end and the Fourth is just around the cor­ner for Amer­i­cans, it's time to think party!

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Strawberry Week: Strawberry, Rhubarb and Apple Crumble


You know what we went and did? We started an Insta­gram page for sweet­pota­tochron­i­cles. About time, right?! I mean, jeez, I'm not sure what took us so long but we did it. I have to admit, it's a bit of a relief. I feel way bet­ter inun­dat­ing that account with all my food shots. This way I can get back to cat and kid pho­tos on my per­sonal account. It just felt weird hav­ing a shot of our cat–dressed in Bar­bie clothes (not sure why Scar­lett does that to the poor thing)–next to a photo of my Lemon Thyme Chicken Din­ner Salad. Actu­ally, that reminds me. I really need to shoot that din­ner salad for the site so I can share it with you.

The one thing I did remem­ber to shoot for you was this crum­ble. In the sum­mer, I make at least one crum­ble a week. And I switch up the fruit inside as eas­ily as I for­get to put sun­screen on. (To all the sci­en­tist I ever inter­viewed while work­ing as a beauty direc­tor, yes I'm totally ashamed to write that.) I'm really not too spe­cific about what com­bi­na­tion of fruit I use either. I've added this crum­ble to the top of every­thing from peaches and blue­ber­ries to black­ber­ries and apples. But this com­bi­na­tion is by far my favorite. Wait, let me say that again. This is BY FAR my favorite. I swear you'll blow people's flip-flops off if you serve this when you enter­tain this sum­mer. Although, do you want to know how I really love to eat this lit­tle gem? In the morn­ing on top of Greek yogurt. Shazam! Yes, you heard it hear first. I love mak­ing dessert for break­fast. Take that break­fast for din­ner. You just got schooled.

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Five Best Strawberry Recipes!


I'm going to be hon­est, I buy berries all year long. We eat them almost every morn­ing, whether they're on top of gra­nola or por­ridge or rolled up into a nut but­ter break­fast wrap, I pack them in lunches and dole them out as after school snacks. Do I love the berries we eat in Jan­u­ary. Meh. They'll do. But now. Now is the time for amaz­ing local berries. The small-ish, red-all-the-way-through gems that pop­u­late the stores now are the ticket. They're sweet and taste like — wait for it! — straw­ber­ries. So, do not miss the win­dow. There are a mil­lion ways to enjoy them — here are just a few of our faves. Read more