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New varieties of tried-and-true vegetables invite gardeners to experiment

New varieties of tried-and-true vegetables invite gardeners to experiment

Tomatoes, garlic, chives, basil, parsley, thyme and sage have been permanent residents in my garden for ages. But every year, I experiment with new -– or new to me -- crops.
Kimberly Palmer: Fighting over money? Ways to seek common ground with your partner

Kimberly Palmer: Fighting over money? Ways to seek common ground with your partner

Figuring out how to manage money together might be an important part of a happy relationship, but it’s a skill that doesn’t always come naturally.
A trio of warming spices makes this beefy Egyptian omelet dinner-worthy

A trio of warming spices makes this beefy Egyptian omelet dinner-worthy

Omelets often are served at breakfast or brunch in the U.S., but in plenty of cuisines the dinner table is fair game, too. Which also means you're not limited to American-style omelets, which can be overly cheesy, greasy and salty.
Negative calorie diet – fact or fad?

Negative calorie diet – fact or fad?

Even if one doesn’t lose weight, the following foods are very good for us and provide good sources of vitamins, fiber and minerals which are often lacking in the typical North American Diet.
Far from gloomy, darker paints create a cozy, more welcoming room

Far from gloomy, darker paints create a cozy, more welcoming room

Dark hues have a bad rap as gloomy and depressing. More likely, they're bringing home the good vibes, all year long.
Transform Asian kitchen staples into an umami-packed vegetarian soup

Transform Asian kitchen staples into an umami-packed vegetarian soup

It’s a common misconception that the best soups require long ingredient lists and hours of simmering. In fact, just a handful of high-flavor items can be transformed into an umami-bomb of a soup in just 45 minutes.
Claire Nielsen: A few common reasons for weight gain

Claire Nielsen: A few common reasons for weight gain

Weight gain is normal at any age, especially if we don’t have a healthy lifestyle involving proper nutrition, adequate exercise, hydration, a stress reduction practice and enough sleep.
This year, why not make custom chocolates for, or with, your Valentine?

This year, why not make custom chocolates for, or with, your Valentine?

Since Cadbury popularized the fancy box of chocolates in the 19th century, the link between love and those darkly sweet treats has only grown stronger — thanks partly to years of clever marketing.
Small businesses in B.C. eligible for workplace accessibility grants

Small businesses in B.C. eligible for workplace accessibility grants

Offered through Small Business BC, the Workplace Accessibility Grant program seeks to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities in the workplace
An Italian flourless chocolate cake hits the right sweet notes for Valentine's Day

An Italian flourless chocolate cake hits the right sweet notes for Valentine's Day

Chocolate is inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day, and much of it comes packaged in heart-shaped boxes.