To Eat a Salad, or Not?

SaladI like salad. I don’t love it, but I like it. And especially as the warmer months roll around, salad seems to be the thing that I want on my plate more than not. But did you know your reasons for NOT liking salad might be because you’re doing it wrong! I came across this great post on the A Cup of Jo website called “8 Common Salad Mistakes“. And after reading, I’m going to try a few of these to see if they make a real difference.

Most of the suggestions are based on the idea that you’re taking salad with you for lunch, but almost any of the ideas can be applied to a regular meal at home (seriously, salt?!).

Do you have any tips for non-salad eaters that might be useful here? Read through the extensive list of comments on the article and maybe you’ll find a few more tips. I especially love the “non-salad” items as salad. Great tips!


Toblerone Shortbread Recipe

20161221_112306We’ve been munching on this fantastic shortbread all week after one of our staff made some for us as a treat. We wanted to share a nice recipe with you to try!

Toblerone Shortbread


  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup instant dissolving (fruit/berry) sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped Toblerone chocolate

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat sugar and butter till fluffy.

Mix together flours and then add to butter mixture with wooden spoon. Mix just until combined. Reserve 60 larger pieces of the toblerone, add remainder to the dough and combine.
Drop 1 rounded tsp onto ungreased baking sheet, flatten slightly, press one chunk of Toblerone onto each cookie.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 mins, let cool slightly before lifting off pan.
Makes about 60 cookies.

Cooking, Revisited

If you’re following food trends these days, people are cooking lighter, eating more raw foods, and enjoying the farmer’s market finds more than ever. If you’re interested in trying out some of this fresh thinking, you might want to drop by the library to pick up a new cookbook that follows one of these trends.

Try any one of these for some clean-eating recipes that are also tasty!

foodWe’ve got all of these and many more available. You can find and reserve them on our website. All you need is your library card and PIN!



salad.jpgAs  summer fast approaches, I’m eating more salads. The produce finally tastes less “wintery”, if that’s a thing, and the idea of eating crunchy veggies for days on end is more appealing as the weather heats up. One of my favourite all-time salads has only two ingredients……tomatoes and avocado. I could eat this every day if avocados weren’t so frustratingly exact about their time of ripeness!

Tomato-Avocado Salad——

1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed, and cut into chunks.

10 – 12 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Throw both of these into a bowl, squirt the avocado generously with lemon juice, add salt and mix.  That’s it.  You can add other things (cucumber, mint, pine nuts etc….), but the simple one is best, I think.  You have to pretty much eat it right away, but don’t worry, there won’t be any left.

So, when I came across a Buzzfeed article on ways to introduce more avocado into your foods, I was all over it. I’m going to try a few of these this long weekend, I think. Do you have any favourites? Let us know in the comments….

Food Fun for March Break

FOODAre you looking for ideas for March Break? How about trying out one or more of these fun recipes to make with your kids this week. Not only are they fun, but it’s a great way to spend some time together….

A DIY Cereal Bowl Cake that looks like, well, a bowl of cereal! YUM!

Tie-Dye Smores?  Say no more!

Rainbow Bagels with Funfetti Cream Cheese (they’d be just as fun with regular bagels).

Bunny Ear Ice Cream Cones, because, you know….Easter.

Funfetti Fudge (who cares how tricky it is to make…it looks wonderful!)

A giant Easter Peeps cake!

All right, yes, I became slightly obsessed with these fun desserts while writing this blog post (hint: never write blog posts while you’re hungry!), but you might find you have a mini-baker on your hands after trying a few. Thanks to the StudioDIY blog for all of the inspiration!

Happy Baking!

Frivolous Friday Fondue

FondueIt’s almost that time of year again…..maple syrup season!!  And if you live in Eastern Ontario, that means you’ll be eating a lot of this stuff on pancakes, waffles, and ice cream over the next few months.

So, when I came across a fun recipe that incorporated maple syrup into a more savory meal, I thought it would be a worth a share. Maple Syrup Fondue, anyone?

Design Sponge has a great series called, “In the Kitchen with…..”, and they recently featured a recipe by Laura and Dana Putnam of Finding Home Farms that uses maple syrup as a base for their tasty fondue. Pair it up with wonderful items like crusty breads, spicy meats, and crunchy veggies, and you have a brand new way to enjoy maple syrup.

Stop on over to the post right here to see more, and to get the recipe. You’ll need it once that sap starts running……

Pack a Joke!

It’s the new year, and that means school lunches again. If your kids are bored with their usual fare, it might be easy to spice things up…without having to design new recipes and get them to eat different things. How about packing Lunchbox Jokes!

SERENDIPITYOver at a blog called ALL THE BOYS, they’ve designed fun, printable jokes you can pack in school lunches. Print them on card stock for stability, or fun, colourful paper to make your child excited about lunches again.

The jokes are silly, and very age appropriate, so it will make lunch time extra fun as they search for the Joke of the Day. (Why was the man running around his bed? To catch up on his sleep!)

Lunch will never be boring again!