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By Laura on 4/28/2014 5:54 AM
There are so many myths out there but when it comes to kitchen safety, you don’t want to rely on myths. Knives are an important tool in the kitchen and being able to cut through anything you come across is important. That being said, there is a myth that sharper knives are safer than dull ones. Technically speaking, it would be difficult to impale yourself with a butter knife so it’s difficult to imagine a dull knife being able to inflict an injury.

The reality is that if you’re using a knife that’s supposed to be sharp enough to cut through anything but it has dulled out, it is likely still sharp enough to cut skin even if you are struggling to cut whatever you’re trying to. The problem is that if it doesn’t cut well anymore than you are using too much force to get it to cut through anything so if it slips that force can go towards your fingers and cause an injury.

If you are having trouble getting a knife sharp, even over-the-counter knife sharpeners are better than nothing and they are relatively...
By Laura on 4/21/2014 8:29 AM
With the rate people are using their “devices” and watching on-demand tv, it is sad how distant people are becoming from each other in real social experiences. One thing that everyone has to do is eat. Why not make that a family experience? I’m not talking about sitting down and eating together. I mean getting everyone together to prepare a meal. There are lots of fun easy but involved recipes you can find on,, and recipe collections from  If you want to set up a family cooking class, check out: for some great cooking experiences in the Fraser Valley area. If you’re already a whiz in the kitchen then it will be a fun experience getting together with local chefs and learning some new tricks and meeting new people. If...
By Laura on 4/14/2014 7:44 AM
Spring is a favorite season for many because it marks the season of new life, warmer weather, and new growth. Vancouver has many well-kept gardens. Roses are at peak bloom at the end of March/ early April. Stanley Rose Garden has over 4,500 hybrid rhododendron and azalea plants.

Whale watching season also starts in March. Spring months are the best to see whales as they are migrating. There are many whale-watch tours here in Vancouver so if you haven’t had that experience, it is magnificent to see such a large creature up close.

Fashion is always a hot topic in spring. Robinson Street or Main street are always flooded with people looking to jump start their spring wardrobes.

If you are into the nature, kayaking is a must. False Creek is a great river to spend some time paddling on if you’ve never been. Kayak tours are also available if you want to be guided to see otters, seals, eagles, and unique fish in Vancouver.

If you prefer a more relaxed spring experience, deck season is finally...
By Laura on 4/7/2014 6:49 AM

The warm months in spring and summer are a great growing season and specific months yield specific fruits and vegetables. If you enjoy fresh food then using those foods as freshly as they are grown can make for some delicious meals! Now that we’re into spring, fresh food is coming into season so why not make the best of it and cook with those ingredients. Here is an article we came across that has a bunch of spring recipes using fresh seasonal ingredients:

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