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1 ½ teaspoon dill weed

½ teaspoon thyme leaves

 ½ teaspoon onion powder

1 lemon

1 teaspoon paprika 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oat bran, dill weed, thyme leaves, onion powder, and paprika. Sprinkle over salmon fillets. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.


3-4 pounds, rib or sirloin.
1 teaspoon salt per pound of meat.
½ cup flour.
1 small onion.
1 cup water.
Rub with salt, flour, pepper and onion.
Place meat in roasting pan with fat side up.
Add 1-cup water.
Do not cover unless a less tender cut is used.
If beef is fat, it will require no basting.
Time required for roasting depends on shape of cut.
For well done roasts, the average cooking time is 30 minutes per pound of meat, for medium 25 minutes per pound, and 20 for rare.


2 large slices of ham steak.
2 teaspoons……………..(10 ml)………………….prepared mustard.
4 tablespoons………….(60 ml)……………………brown sugar.
2 tart apples.
1 ½ cups…………………………(375 ml)…………………apple juice.

Place the ham in baking dish and rub with mustard.  Sprinkle
with 2 tablespoons (30 ml), of brown sugar.  Core the apple
and cut into thin slices.  Cover the ham with the apple slices
and sprinkle with rest of brown sugar.  Add apple juice. Bake
at 300 F, (150 C), for 30 minutes or until tender.
YIELD:  4-5 servings.
TIME:   40 minutes.

Pizza Potatoes
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup carrots, chopped fine
1 small tomato, sliced
2 baked potatoes
1/2 tablespoon margarine
1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup cheese, shredded
Cook broccoli, onions, and carrots in a small amount of water until tender and set aside. In a saucepan, melt margarine and stir in flour. Add milk slowly while stirring. Cook until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add vegetables to cheese sauce and stir. Split open potatoes. Pour equal amounts of vegetable cheese mixture over each potato. Top with sliced tomatoes.
Serves 2.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 cups unbleached white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

cinnamon to taste (optional)

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup water

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix in the chocolate chips. Make a well in the center and set bowl aside.

In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Be sure to mix it well.  Add the wet to the well in the dry. Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8-12 minutes.

Take them out and move them to wire cooling racks. Makes almost two dozen cookies.

3 CUPS………..(750 ML)……………FLOUR
1 CUP ……………(250 ML)…………..ICING SUGAR
Beat with mixer until creamy.  Drop on cookie sheet and bake at 350 F, (175 C) until slightly brown.
YIELD: approximately 5 dozen cookies
TIME:  1 hour (includes cooking and cleaning time)

Dinner Blessings
The housewife invited 2 couple and their children for dinner one night. As they get ready to eat, the housewife asks her son, “Would you like to say blessings”?  “I don’t know what to say”, the boy replies.
“Just say what you hear what your mother says”, replied the mother.

The boy bowed his head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite two 2 couples and their kids for dinner”?

A priest dies and is in line at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter asked the guy ahead of him his name.  The guy replies, “I am Sam Horton, taxi driver from New York.” Saint Pater gives him a silken robe and golden staff and said, “Enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Now it’s the priest’s turn. He booms out ” I am the Right Reverend Anderson.” Saint Peter gives him a cotton robe and a wooden staff, and says to the Priest, “Enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Taken back the priest asks, ” That man was a taxi driver why does he get a silken robe and golden staff”.

“Results,” Said Saint Peter. “While you preached, people slept.
When the taxi driver drove, people prayed.

 Vegan Pancakes


1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

 3 tablespoons organic sugar

 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

 dash of salt

 3 dashes of nutmeg

 1 to 1 1/4 cups soymilk

 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

 1 Ener-G Egg Replacer (found at health food stores)

 Directions:  Combine all dry ingredients (flour, salt, vegan sugar, baking powder, nutmeg). Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Mix wet and dry ingredients, but don’t over-stir.  Pour onto hot skillet, flip once.  Makes 6 medium pancakes.

Note: You may also add fresh fruit such as blueberries or vegan chocolate chips for some variety!

Since heading the market in the 80’s, these moistened disposable baby wipes proved to be great in and outside the home.  From cleaning your hands after changing oil or a tire, clean tools, rub marks off your walls, many, many uses including shining your shoes, wipe with baby wipe and buff with a soft, dry cloth.

To freshen up a smelly drain, just pour a cup of Baking Soda into it, and flush with hot water.

Blocked Drains?
Instead of using caustic products (be green and save money) for clearing blocked drains, throw a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a few jugs of water.


Don’t rely on looks alone. Bacteria can spread during ground meat.  Always use a food thermometer and cook at 160 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking your hamburgers.

After about 15 years, Health Canada has come out with a new Food Guide. Included in the guide is advice for different ages and stages of your live (children, women of childbearing age, men and women over 50).

Some recommendations are;

Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.

Vegetables, fruit with little or no added fat, sugar, salt.

Have vegetables and fruit more often then juice.

Make half your grain products whole grain each day Choose grain products that are lower in fat, sugar or salt.

Drink skim, 1%, or 2% milk each day.

Select lower fat milk alternatives.

Have meat alternatives such as beans, tofu often.

Eat at least 2 Food Guide Servings of fish each week.

Select lean meat with little or no added fat or salt.

Each person’s lifespan is genetically pre-determined, eating “lifespan essential” foods will maximise your chances of living as long as possible.

The 20 foods are black tea, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes cranberries, cherry tomatoes, dark chocolate, oranges, peaches, plums, red grapes, cereal bran, green tea, coffee, red onions, raspberries, strawberries.

Peanut Butter Product Recalls

The outbreak of salmonella illness, which began in late summer and is ongoing, has been linked to eight deaths, including two in Virginia. In all, about 500 people in 43 states and Canada have become ill. About 22 percent were hospitalized, and about half of those affected are children.

Health officials said they would work with companies supplied by Peanut Corporation of America to continually update a recall list that is available on the FDA’s Web site. The Web site details a long list of popular products that are affected, including candies, cookies, snack bars and snack mixes.

Search For Peanut Butter Product Recalls
Information current as of 12 PM January 21, 2009

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced a recall yesterday of nine varieties of snack bars amid fears they may be contaminated with tainted peanut butter or peanut paste.

The affected products include snack bars from popular brands Clif, Larabar, Nature’s Path Organic and Hebert’s Fully Loaded.

“With the size of this recall, in terms of volume of peanut butter, we may certainly expect more recalls in this country,” said Garfield Balsom, food safety and recall specialist at the CFIA. “We will certainly be notifying the consumers.”

For a full list of the recalled products, visit;


The past decade witnessed the massive off shoring of jobs to low-cost countries, decimating the U.S.A. and Canada manufacturing base. Cheap food may bring the next health crisis.

Ice cream. Yogurt. Crackers and biscuits. Egg and products containing powdered eggs. Cake. Powdered and condensed milk, pet food, pie, cereal plus other food products.

You probably consumed some of these products.  Did you know where they came from?  You may have thought these products were produced in the USA or Canada.  You would not know that some of these products came from china, and yes, China imports them into Canada and the USA.

These foods of Chinese origin have been found by authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, to contain an industrial chemical called melamine that is used to make plastic.  In recent weeks, the Chinese government has admitted that adding melamine to food – which raises protein levels, making poor-quality products look more nutritious – is common practice in China.  Melamine can cause kidney stones and kidney failure when eaten. It has already sent about 54,000 Chinese consumers to the hospital and caused the deaths of at least four infants.

Elanor Starmer is a research analyst with Food & Water Watch, a national non-profit firm working to ensure clean water and safe food. For more information, visit


Where possible we should buy locally grown foods. As a rule your food is fresher, better flavour, picked within a day of your purchase. Local produce more likely has a higher nutrient content than store-bought produce that has spent time on a transport truck and warehouse. Further farmers who sell directly to local customers receive the full value for their product, can sell cheaper, as there is less cost to processing, transportation, packing, warehouse etc.

If you have teenagers, or in fact any adult, impress on them the risks of driving while intoxicated. Statistics demonstrate many fatal road accidents are caused by drunk drivers.

If you’re having a party, provide food with drinks. Offer non-alcoholic substitutes such as fruit, soft drinks.

2 drinks taken within an hour by a person 100 pounds produces a 075 reading. One drink is equal to about 1.5 oz. of whisky or 2 bottles of beer. The rate of elimination for each hour after drinking has stopped is 015. A 200-pound person, after 1 drink produces a reading of .019, so you can see there is a big
difference due to weight.


3 ounces bourbon.
1 ounce cranberry juice.
1 teaspoon lemon juice.
2 teaspoons sugar syrup.
4 ounces crushed ice.
Combine in blender until the drink is thick.
Serve straight up.

¼ juice of lemon
1-teaspoon anisette
1 ½ ounce Jamaica rum
½ teaspoon grenadine
Shake with ice cubes. Strain into cocktail glass.

MARTINI (sweet)
1-ounce gin
½ ounce Italian vermouth
1dash orange bitters
Stir with ice cubes. Strain into chilled cocktail glass


Apple Juice Punch.
2 quarts apple juice.
2 quarts cranberry juice.
8 oz. lemon juice.
8 oz. Sugar.
2 bottles ginger ale.
Combine everything except the ginger ale.
Stir well. Add ginger ale plus chunks of ice before serving.

Apple Cocktail.
½ ounce applejack.
½ ounce apple cider.
¼ ounce gin.
¼ ounce brandy.
Shake with ice cubes. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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