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December 2011 Archives

See you in 2012...

Fresh Air will be taking some time off for the rest of the holiday period. But Mary Ito and the Fresh Air gang will be back on the airwaves on first full weekend in January. Until then, we wish all of our many listeners the very best of the season and the very best in 2012. We'll talk with you again on January the 7th.

SATURDAY, December 24

Guest host Karen Gordon played seasonal favourites throughout all three hours of Fresh Air's Christmas Eve show. You can get detailed information about the music played by going to the menu on the right hand side of the website's Main Page and clicking on Music Playlists. That information will appear approximately one hour after the show concludes at 9 a.m.

You can follow's Santa Claus' journey around the world on Christmas Eve by visiting the NORAD Track Santa website.

Fresh Air will be replaced by special holiday programming on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Mary Ito and the rest of the Fresh Air gang will be back on-air on the weekend of January 7/8.

Sounds Of The Season continues...

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season campaign to collect food and funds for foodbanks will continue through to the end of the year. That means that you can make financial donations online until December 31st...and you can also continue to drop off non-perishable foods at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto as well. Please help us match...and then better last year's totals!

Dr. Mike's "23 1/2 Hours" Video

Fresh Air's favourite medical-man paid a just-before-Christmas visit to the show...and he brought a gift. It's Dr. Mike Evans' prescription for better health. It's simple and just about anyone can take advantage of it. All you have to do is watch a short video featuring Mike that's called 23 and 1/2 Hours. Mike gave Mary the scoop on what it's all about.
Listen audio (runs 10:08)
If you'd like to view the video, it's as close as a trip to Dr. Mike's YouTube posting.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on health-related topics.

Sounds Of The Season 2011 Slideshow

Turn up your speakers and enjoy this scrapbook from our 2011 Sounds of the Season fundraiser for for local food banks in the Greater Toronto Area and the rest of the province. Donations are still being accepted, and you can drop off non-perishable goods at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto for the remainder of December.

SUNDAY, December 18

0730 There are bakers...and there are chefs. But can you be both? Anna Olson has managed to bridge this culinary divide. She's the author of six books about food and cooking. She's also the host of two different culinary television shows.
But Anna's latest book is exclusively about baking. It's called Back To Baking.
And Anna joined Mary Ito to talk about the challenges of being a better baker.
Listen audio (runs 9:54)
Back To Baking is published by Whitecap Books.
For more information, please visit Anna's website.

And here's the recipe that Anna has kindly provided for your baking pleasure:

SALTED ORANGE TOFFEE SLICES

These have become a household favorite - sophisticated and elegant, but ultimately a comfort-food style of cookie.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tsp finely grated orange zest
1 egg at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup crunchy toffee bits such as Skor bits
Fine sea salt, for sprinkling

1. Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and orange zest together until smooth. Add the egg and beat until combined.

2. Sift in the flour and baking soda and stir until blended, then stir in the toffee bits.

3. Shape the dough into 2 logs about 9-inches long and 2-inches across and wrap in plastic wrap. Once wrapped, gently flatten the dough on 4 sides, to create a square shape. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours before baking.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 °F and line 3 baking trays with parchment paper.

5. Slice the logs into cookies that are ¼-inch wide and place them onto the prepared trays, leaving 2 inches between each cookie (these do spread as they bake). Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a little bit of sea salt.

6. Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes, until they have browned just lightly on the bottom. Cool the cookies on the tray and then store in an airtight container.

The cookies will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

From Back to Baking, Anna Olson, Whitecap Books, 2011

0800 Fresh Air's favourite medical-man paid a just-before-Christmas visit to the show...and he brought a gift. It's Dr. Mike Evans' prescription for better health. It's simple and just about anyone can take advantage of it. All you have to do is watch a short video featuring Mike that's called 23 and 1/2 Hours. Mike gave Mary the scoop on what it's all about.
Listen audio (runs 10:08)
If you'd like to view the video, it's as close as a trip to Dr. Mike's YouTube posting.

0830 She's a merchanding marvel. Her name is Bonnie Brooks and she's president and CEO of the Hudson's Bay Company. But you probably already know her as the "voice" of The Bay's radio commercials. Bonnie came into the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary about her journey to the top at The Bay...and the future of full-service department stores.
Listen audio (runs 12:32)
If you'd like to know more about her, check out the online version of Bonnie's HBC bio.