August 29th, 2014 How to Dry Herbs photo

oregano and mint all maintain most of their original aroma and fragrance once dried, making them ideal candidates for this project.(Credit: Matt Duckor)

Few things love warm rainstorms and abundant sunshine more than the herbs of summer–and if your window box looks anything like mine, things are getting pretty out of hand. Sure, we love using fresh leaves in salads, to make pesto, or for those salsa verdes, but there is an easier (i.e., lazier) way to reap the benefits of all that shrubbery: clip them and leave them out on your counter to dry. Within 48 hours, you should have dried herbs, ready for storage and for helping you through the winter.


Pick the leaves from the stems and lay them on a piece of parchment. Leave them in a draft-free area, like on your kitchen counter. Once completely dried (this should take about 2 days), store them in glass jars or containers. You can store each herb separately or mix them, depending on your preference. The combo of oregano and marjoram is a natural for all things Italian (your Sunday gravy will thank you) and oregano and mint make for a lovely Greek-inspired rub for roast chicken or leg of lamb. Before using, crush the leaves slightly to release their essential oils. Shelf life for most dried herbs is about 6 months. The test? If the aroma is gone, it’s time to let them go.

How sugar affects your brain Ted Talk

August 29th, 2014

Let’s Begin…

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.


Farm Folk City Folk at Wellbrook Winery in Delta!!

August 29th, 2014

Join us for our 20th Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields
When: September 7th, 2014 1:00-5:00pm
Bremner’s Farm (Home of Wellbrook Winery)


Adult tickets $95
Children’s tickets (under 19) $15 (Children under 5 are free)

Feast Bus tickets: $15 return

Purchase tickets online

Ticket’s also available for purchase at Choice Markets in Vancouver and at Wellbrook Winery  on Bremner’s Farm in Delta

*PLEASE NOTE* Tickets are non-refundable

Scientists Have Figured Out How To Stop Food Allergies

August 29th, 2014

People Allergic To Peanuts, Rejoice!

People Allergic To Peanuts, Rejoice! Scientists Have Figured Out How To Stop Food Allergies

…..Humans naturally produce a bacteria somewhere around the stomach that prevents allergic reactions, but regular use of antibiotics at very young ages has been proven to kill this bacteria.

What’s the difference between yogurt and kefir?

August 24th, 2014

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