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Nectar of the gods (olive oil 101)

Reader Donna Gibson wrote last week asking for guidance on buying olive oil. It's a subject I've written about before and one we covered a few times on various Anna & Kristina shows. But in recent years olive oil has been revealed to be an industry riddled with imposters, misleading labeling and confusion. So here's a refresher on how to choose a good one and how to use it properly in your cooking. — Read More —
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Peach Bounty

Those who regularly visit this blog know I've been obsessed with making pies lately. Peach pie in particular. This year's peach crop across the continent may be the best ever and I just can't get enough. But a girl can't (or shouldn't) live on pie alone. So I've been working on a few other peach centred dishes to help round out the day.  — Read More —
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10 Things to Know About Croatia

Croatia has exploded as one of the top summer travel destinations in Europe. I'm not surprised. It's stunningly beautiful and still relatively affordable. I've been there for the past nine years straight (plus, I was born there). — Read More —
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Cottage life

As I travel to and fro this summer, I am feeling beyond spoiled to have friends and family with cottages, cabins and gorgeous getaways on the shores of various lakes and oceans across this great country. — Read More —
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Gone Fishing

Greetings from Ontario cottage country, where I am lounging on a dock on the shores of Lake Simcoe. — Read More —
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Austro-Hungarian Tour, Part Two – Budapest

It was 5:30 am and we were driving over the Chain Bridge (seen above), en route to the train station. The entire Buda side of Budapest was aglow in the most stunning rose gold morning light. Within a few seconds we were in a tunnel and I missed the moment to pull out my phone to take a photo. But I will never forget that image. — Read More —
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I really love your peaches (pie tips to win you the blue ribbon)

Every once in awhile I become obsessed with making a certain dish; cooking or baking it over and over again until I get it right. Most recently it's been all pie all the time and I have given away no less then a dozen this summer. It is fruit season after all. — Read More —
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This book will change the way you eat out

Many food lovers pride themselves on knowing how to order well off a fancy restaurant's menu. They know the difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef and they only order the best. Or at least they think they do. — Read More —
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Austro-Hungarian Tour, Part One – VIENNA

If I had to choose one European city to live in, I may very well choose Vienna, Austria. — Read More —
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Wimbledon Weekend Brunch Menu

For anyone taking in Wimbledon this weekend, you'll need an appropriate menu. Of course, all tennis loving Canadian patriots will be glued to the set as our golden boy Milos Raonic will be the first Canadian man ever to compete in a Wimbledon Grand Slam final. No pressure, Milos. — Read More —
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Hey kid….Feeling homesick? I’ve got your back

A lot of kids are off to summer camp this month and for some it'll be their first extended trip away from home. And that might mean a first ever bout of feeling homesick. — Read More —