Weekday Recipes:

The Morning Show on CKWS


Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner

Apple Oat Skillet Cookies


Kids in the Kitchen! All Things Local

Kids in the Kitchen! Pizza Many Ways


Keep The Kids Warm and Dry!




Not just for March Break


Fun & Easy Valentines Day Ideas!


Parenting Panel -
Some of Your Questions Answered 
CTV Ottawa Morning Live


Hosting A Howling Good Halloween
October 2018 - CTV Ottawa Morning Live


Great Cracking 
A Twist on Some Fall Classics
October 2018- Rogers Daytime Ottawa


Quick Meals - On the Go! 
September 2018 CTV Ottawa Morning Live

 Back to School - Set Up For Sucess
September 2108- Daytime Ottawa


It's Maple Season, Let's Cook - March 13, 2018


Kids in the Kitchen - March 8, 2018
Rogers TV

March Break Ideas for Kids - February 21, 2018


Honey Oat Apple Muffins & Slow Cooker Lasagna - January 2018

Keeping Kids Warm and Dry - January 2018


A Little Goes a Long Way - Decemeber 8, 2017


Leek Apple and Brie Tarts - December 7, 2017


Game Day - November 15, 2017


Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy -  November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Desserts - October 8, 2017

Muffin Tin Fritattas - September 13, 2017

First Time Back to School - August 25, 2017

Back to School Must Haves - August 14, 2017

Back to School Snacks - August 14, 2017

Long Weekend Games - August 1, 2017

Packing 101 - August 1, 2017

Camping Treats - July 13, 2017

Cooking with Kids - July 5, 2017

Maple Mustard Turkey Burgers  - June 6, 2017

Butter Tart Maple Apple Squares - March 14, 2017


Januaury 1, 2017 - Cooking Up Ideas for a Healthy 2017



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Fresh Ideas from Foodland

September 23 - CTV Morning Live

Grilling with Rob Rainford


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Fall Home Decorating and Hacks


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Cooking up Life Skills


Welcome kids into the kitchen with help and resources from registered dieticians and Dairy Farmers of Canada.  

Summer’s longer evenings and relaxed schedules afford us more time to prepare and enjoy meals as a family.  It is the perfect time to welcome your kids into the kitchen to teach them about food, meal planning and cooking skills.  When children are involved in the kitchen, they are more likely to try new foods, eat better and build the confidence they need to prepare meals and snacks for themselves. 

Start our simple.  Preparing meals as a family doesn’t have to take a lot of time.  Start with one night a week and you will be surprised at how interested your whole family will become in cooking together.  Depending on your family dynamic and the ages of your children, have each person take responsibility for specific tasks in preparing a meal together.  My kids are great at using the iPad and computer and they can easily search for recipes.  Visit www.familykitchen.ca

 for ideas.  Start by looking under the recipes tab where you will find a nice selection of family-friendly recipes. Each one has a photo of the finished product and step by step instructions with icons to point out the tasks that are suitable for kids.

Need more inspiration?  Watch me as I showcase the Dairy Farmers of Canada mobile teaching kitchen, which will allows kids to practice simple cooking skills.


It is always fun to have the kids draw up a menu or a poster to hang in the kitchen announcing the upcoming meal and features. 

It is best to select one of the recipes the night before and have the kids prepare a shopping list.  There is a wide variety of fresh, in season produce available at this time of year.  Drop by your local farmers’ market or grocery store to shop.  Be sure to take the time to read labels and understand where the food comes from.      

As you begin to prepare dinner, invite all members of your family to help so that everyone is together in the kitchen.  Allow each child to take on a meaningful task.  Taking responsibility for a portion of the meal helps to build their confidence in the kitchen and gives them a sense ownership in this important family activity. Younger children can wash, mix, measure, peel or do some simple cutting.  Have the older children chop vegetables, use appliances, boil water for pasta or use the grill and barbeque. 

Everyone can help in presenting the meal, making it look appetizing on the plate and setting the table.  Be sure to take some photos of the finished products.  A family cookbook would make a lovely Christmas gift for friends and neighbours!   





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