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Favourite Kitchen Gadgets

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Cooking With Excel

You can use Excel to help you plan a meal, by entering your dinner time and menu items in the Excel Holiday Meal Planner. Or for the rest of the year, use the Weekly Excel Meal Planner to keep your weekday meals and shopping organized.

Holiday Dinner Planner


Favourite Kitchen Gadgets

Of course, working in the kitchen is more fun if you have some fancy gadgets.
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Cuisinart Breadmaker
I don't use my breadmaker too often during the summer, but it's wonderful to have the aroma of fresh baked bread during the cold dark winter months. Just toss a few ingredients into the pan, click a couple of buttons, and come back in about 3 hours, for some delicious bread. And don't worry -- you won't forget to come back -- the magnetic aromas will pull you back.

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
It's great to buy things in bulk at Costco, but not such a money saver if half the stuff goes bad before you use it. I had seen food savers before, and thought about buying one, but finally succumbed when I found this upright model, that fits nicely in a corner of the kitchen counter. If I had a bigger one, it would be stuck in some storage area, and I'd never use it.

Canadian Cookbooks

The following books are ones that I own and enjoy using.
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Canadian Living Everyday Favourites
by Canadian Living
This cookbook has lots of great recipes, simple instructions and is nicely laid out, with gorgeous pictures. The index is poor, but that's my only gripe.

The Flavours of Canada: A Celebration of the Finest Regional Foods
by Anita Stewart
This cookbook is filled with delicious sounding, but lengthy, recipes. Some of the recipes have names that are longer than my attention span, so I sure wouldn't have the strength to get through the instructions. However, it's fun just reading them, and learning about food in the different regions of Canada. Besides the recipes, there are articles on local foods, beverages, landmarks and chefs. Even if you never cook from it, the book is worth owning.

Gluten Free Cookbooks

The following books are ones that I own and enjoy using.
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The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free Recipes With Less Fuss and Less Fat
by Bette Hagman
I especially enjoy the bread recipes in this cookbook. The book could be improved by adding nutritional details, e.g. calories, fat, to the recipes.

Eating Gluten Free
by Shreve Stockton.
This cookbook has helpful tips, very nice page layout, and simple, tasty recipes

Amazing Gluten-free Bread & Cakes from your Breadmaker
by Carolyn Humphries. This cookbook has a great collection of bread recipes, with clear, easy-to-follow instructions

Healthy Gluten-Free Cooking
by Darina Allen and Rosemary Kearney. A beautiful book, with some recipes that are a bit complicated, but definitely worth the effort.

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