Enjoy hearty oats in more ways than just a bowl of oatmeal. Oats are a nutritious ingredient in both sweet and savoury recipes.
This is the ultimate in comfort food, combining two all-time homegrown favourites: cinnamon buns and bubbly, sweet apple cobbler. Sprinkling a cinnamon filling into rolled buttermilk biscuits offers a quick alternative to a yeast-risen cinnamon bun.
Adding fresh apples to this muffin batter is a nice way to incorporate fruit in a baked treat. Dried cranberries add a touch of tartness, but you can use raisins or any other dried fruit.
You won't miss the nuts in this deluxe granola. Make sure it is completely cool before adding the chocolate.
Enjoy all the pleasures of crumble-topped apple pie in a delightful hand-held size. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for an even more indulgent dessert.
Sweet-tart cranberries are cooked with a hint of orange to make an easy jam-like filling, then sandwiched between layers of crisp almond pastry. Freshly ground almonds are crunchier than the storebought ground variety, so whirl whole nuts in a food processor for the ultimate nutty crust.
These decadent drops are incredibly easy to prepare, making them perfect for a last-minute cookie exchange. The chocolate-dipped pretzel topping adds an easy, festive flair.
For anyone with a sweet tooth on your list, these sweet bites take almost no prep time and great for last-minute treats.
Make weeknight dinners fun (for adults and kids) with these veggie-packed, tomato sauce–topped mini meat loaves. Cooking your potatoes on the stove top with the help of a little steam gets dinner on the table more quickly. Steamed green beans make a nice veggie side dish.
Treat yourself with these fruity, buttery bites. Sweet blueberry filling packed between layers of classic oat meal crumble will have you reminiscing of grandma's baked goods.
Warm up cool evenings by filling empty tummies with hearty soup. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over top or add a handful of cooked noodles to make leftovers new again.
Veggie burgers should be just as juicy as the original hamburger. Add your favourite toppings and condiments or switch it up by going bunless and wrap in a large lettuce leaf.
Shredded coconut in the crumble topping adds tropical flair to an otherwise classic recipe. Many people with celiac disease can still consume oats, but to be absolutely sure yours haven't been in contact with gluten from other products, look for bags labelled "pure uncontaminated oats."
These muffins are big on flavour and sure to entice even those who have no trouble with gluten. Play around with the fruit: Try dried blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or chopped apricots.
These nut-free treats are chewy and packed with flavour, thanks to the tasty fruit and toasted quinoa, which also add fibre and protein to stave off hunger. Pack one in her knapsack for snack emergencies!
The versatility of these cookies is endless. White or milk chocolate, or dried apricots or currants make delicious substitutions for the dark chocolate.
This sweet granola has a surprising yet gentle hint of ginger and is the perfect partner for the tangy rhubarb topping. Set out the yogurt, granola and compote with small bowls or pretty glasses so guests can make their own parfaits.
This free-form pastry tastes just as delicious as apple pie—but with no upper crust or fluting to worry about, it's forgiving to make. The crispy oatmeal streusel helps insulate the filling while baking, keeping the apples juicy. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Meat loaf is a popular comfort food not only because it's quick and easy to toss together but also because it's hearty and always delicious – especially this one with its glossy vegetable topping.
Nothing beats a home-style crumble at the end of a Sunday meal. Serve warm with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or ice cream for an indulgent treat.
Classic cookies are always a weekend favourite and easy for even a novice baker. Freeze scooped portions to thaw and bake at another time.
Multigrain flour, rolled oats and wheat germ give these quite chewy pancakes a wholesome flavour. Multigrain flour is a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, cracked wheat and rye and whole flaxseeds.
These squares have all of the layered goodness of apple pie with the ease of a crumble.
This springtime twist on classic date squares features a tangy-sweet pink rhubarb filling. If fresh rhubarb is unavailable, measure the same amount of frozen rhubarb, then thaw and drain.
Here's the perfect ending to a summer meal: a rustic home-style crumble made with juicy stone fruit. There's no need to peel the plums and nectarines—the skins soften as the fruit cooks and impart a lovely blush colour to the sauce.
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|This story was originally part of "Stand and Deliver" in the September 2015 issue. |
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These cute dogs from around the world have found homes in Canada through rescues such as Save Our Scruff. Check out their adorable faces and read what their adopters have to say about their pasts, personalities and adorable quirks.
"From the streets of Cancun Mexico to the Beaches of Toronto—meet Nalha! We fostered this pretty girl and right away she stole our hearts, so we went through with the adoption. In the matter of days she was house trained, plus she sits, lies down, shakes both paws, spins, plays fetch and loves to play with all the other dogs down at the beach. She is the best thing that has ever happened to us." –Megan Evans
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"This first year with Frankie has been an amazing, crazy rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve never felt purer love or had more meltdowns. I feel so lucky to have been on the journey with him. His favourite thing is to go on off-leash walks and the second he hits grass or fresh snow he gets crazy zoomies and bounces like a little bunny. It’s adorable." –Lauriana Mandody
"Sofia is chill. She sleeps most of the day and is pretty calm (except for her nightly bout of energy that lasts about 10 minutes before bedtime). She also sleeps in! I can’t imagine my life without Sofia and I guess that’s the bittersweet part about adopting a senior dog. We won’t have as much time with her as we would with a younger pup, and so we cherish every single day.” –Justine Iaboni
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“A small puppy was recently delivered to my door after a long journey from Texas. Malnourished, weary-eyed and incredibly cautious, the little Belgian Malinois had no idea how lucky she was to be alive. With a reserved yet endearing disposition, her big pointy ears and kangaroo-like bounce, she got a lot of attention. In fact, when I said I was "just fostering" people responded, "You're in trouble.” It was after several of these encounters that I realized my naiveté. In less than one week I had pulled a classic "foster fail" move and signed the adoption papers. Best fail ever.” –Anon.
“We’ve had Abl in our family for 14 years now and he is the sweetest old man. Even though he’s getting up there in years, he still loves to go on long walks on the outskirts of Winnipeg. He’s always had a strong hunting instinct and is very loyal. I love visiting home because I get to see him.” –Andrea Karr
"We went to the shelter to visit with a dog we'd seen online, but were encouraged to look at Reggie, a five-year-old black Lab-border collie mix who'd been with them for more than four months. Having two young kids, we worried and wondered what was wrong with him; why had no one adopted Reggie after so much time? It's a fact that black dogs and cats are often overlooked, and that had been the case with Reggie as well. He is the gentlest soul. We tried everything we could that day to rile him up—covering his eyes, holding his muzzle—and nothing did. In the five years he's been with us, he's been the perfect protector (code for: he barks loudly when people he deems "suspicious" walk by the house, but we don't mind) and our constant companion." –Sandra Martin
"After having such a great time with Reggie, the mature dog we adopted three years before, I started to feel familiar pangs, not unlike the tickle in my insides when I thought I might be having second thoughts about my own personal one-child-only policy. In the end, I had a second baby—and adopted a second dog. Bailey is the most universally beloved pooch I've ever met, absolutely thrilled to meet every dog and human we come within 100 metres of on our twice-daily walks. Bonus: he's brought out Reggie's playful side. Now, just as I couldn't imagine not having two kids, I can't imagine not having two dogs." –Sandra Martin
“Cash and Cannon are two loyal brothers from Alabama that currently live north of Toronto and are learning to track and retrieve ducks. They always have their noses to the ground—I believe that’s the coonhound in them. At only 10 weeks old, they are teaching me more about loving and caring for something than I’ve learned in the last 30 years of my life. Cannon is the perfect sidekick. He’s the fastest puppy I have ever seen. Cash is the definition of dominant and sets the pace so Cannon doesn’t get too carried away.” –Joshua James
“Mu has brought so much joy and love into our home. My daughters are learning about responsibility, patience and, best of all, about giving and receiving unconditional love. Mu's calm and gentle demeanour suits us well and she has settled in easily and gently. She is my first ever dog and I was unprepared for how heartwarming, how joyful and how beautiful this would be. What an incredible surprise and such a wonderful gift to our family.” –Susan Dawson
“Rookie and Rolland are the perfect black-and-tan duo. Rookie has been with me since a young pup and has had many foster dogs come and go over the years, but we all knew Rolland wasn't going anywhere once he came into our home. These two have quickly become the best of friends. They enjoy long walks, stopping to sniff anything and everything. They are super low maintenance, very easygoing and cuddle the perfect amount.” –Allison Wills
“It always brings us such joy to see Riley make small milestones. In this case, walking on metal surfaces like the grate in the photo. It terrified her a few months ago.” –Kate Duncan
"Our first few months with Rowdy were tough. Over the year, we've done obedience classes, socialization and private lessons. With lots of persistence and even more love, he's slowly become more comfortable and confident. We've also learned that Rowdy loves to do tricks. He gets so excited seeing us cheer him on after he’s mastered a new move. Adoption turned out to be a lot more work than we ever expected, but it's also been so much more rewarding and we can't imagine our life without him." –Anon.
“We offered to escort two pups home to Toronto from our honeymoon in Mexico, never expecting anything other than a good deed well done. Then we met Jello at the Cancun airport covered in ticks but so happy and full of nothing but love. She came home stowed safely under the seat in front of us and has been a dream since then. She loves all the littles in our family, is completely head over teakettle for her tennis ball, and is learning to stay home by herself. We love her!” –Courtney Roytberg
“We got Rocky just a few days from NYE as foster parents and knew within that week that he was too special and adopted him right away. He came to us with a ton of awful hot spots, half a chewed-off tail and major anxiety issues. Lots of training, love and attention and Rocky is doing great and is part of the family like he has always been here. He has the most gentle, sweet personality.” –Henna Chaudry
“We welcomed Kona into our family after she was rescued from Northern Quebec. She enjoys playing in the creek, nibbling toys, meeting new friends and going for long walks in the park. She is so smart.” –Brianne Gardner
“From day one, Mouse claimed this chair as her throne!” –Sardé Lynn
“When I get home, Cleo twerks for me. She gets really amped up and does this amazing butt dance. She’d be great in an R. Kelly music video. Honestly, she’s the best decision I’ve ever made. When I get home, we battle each other. How excited would you be knowing that when you get home from work there’s a dog hiding somewhere in your house waiting to battle you?” –Tristan Tarr
"Poncho and Fido are the best because we simply could not imagine life without them. They enrich every aspect of our lives and we are so grateful that they have made themselves a part of the family. They are incredibly quirky and can be challenging at times, as is the case with all relationships, but their unconditional love and funny personalities make them who they are. To us, they are perfect." –Devon Gerby
"Godzilla was our doggie in an instant. She's a snuggly little pooch with a big heart, and a lover of stinky socks. People ask if she's as ferocious as her name suggests. Well, she'd like to think so!" –Emily Milling
"Cairo is the perfect addition to our little family. We started by fostering him as a three-month-old pup when he was rescued off the streets of Egypt after his mom was fed poison. He arrived on December 23 and it was our first time fostering, but after having him for just a few days we knew that he was meant to stay with us. Our other dog, Cole, instantly became his comfort blanket. We have had a bumpy road with Cairo and our work is not yet done, but he has shown us that even the smallest improvement can bring so much joy. He is loving and protective of our family and will do anything for human attention. He has such a quirky personality and constantly makes us laugh." –Kate Rigby
"Silas is awesome because he is the epitome of a loyal companion. He comes to work with me everyday—earning three milk bones a day—and is my constant shadow." –Amber Funk
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What to ask your doctor about Angelina's cancer surgery.
When Angelina Jolie writes about her personal health struggles in the New York Times, it makes a splash. In 2013, Jolie set off a media storm by writing about her double mastectomy and genetic predisposition for cancer, then wrote about a second surgery, this time to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, in 2015.
High drama, yes, but it’s hard not to admire her candour. Jolie writes that she is now in full menopause and using bio-identical estrogen patches and an IUD to replace the hormones she’s lost. That’s no small reveal for anyone, let alone an actress known for her vitality and sex appeal.
Jolie also added a note of caution, knowing that the "Jolie effect" is now a recognized factor in doctor-patient conversations and that her preventative surgeries are an extreme course of action.
"I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery," she writes.
On this point, Canadian doctors and cancer experts agree. High drama may be a good way to start a conversation but calm heads makes the soundest decisions.
A cancer doctor weighs in
Dr. Marcus Bernardini a surgical oncologist at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network told us there are a few things Canadian women should know in the wake of Jolie’s announcement:
1. There is actually no effective general screening for high-grade serious ovarian cancer and screening is not recommended.
2. Preventative surgery is recommended for high-risk women (those who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation).
3. Jolie mentions a scenario in which only the fallopian tubes are removed (called a salpingectomy) for women who still hope to get pregnant. Dr. Bernardini calls this "an intriguing strategy," but for now the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes (a salpingo-oophorectomy) is the recommended course of action.
4. There are four questions Dr. Bernardini suggests discussing with your doctor if you have concerns raised by Angelina Jolie’s story:
- Am I at risk for ovarian cancer?
- Is there a history of ovarian cancer in my family?
- How does one find out if they are eligible for testing?
- I know there are different types of ovarian cancer, are all preventable in this way?
Family history is the starting point
Responding to the Jolie news this week, Gillian Bromfield, the director of Cancer Control Policy at the Canadian Cancer Society also pointed out that it’s important that people try to learn their family health history.
The group also has information for women with a known strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, including information on genetic testing, and preventive strategies that may be available to them, she says.
"The decision to have a preventive surgery is a very personal one that a woman would make in consultation with her healthcare provider based on her medical history and her personal preferences," she says.
Here’s hoping Jolie’s candour leads to more information being shared – not more panic.
Read on for more information on menopause and genetic testing.