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September 2012 Archives

SUNDAY September 30

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 It's called "The Clock". It's the work of world-renowned sound and video artist Christian Marclay. And it's an intriguing homage to the portrayal of time...in the movies. Currently, people in Southern Ontario have a rare opportunity to experience "The Clock". It's at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.
And the Power Plant's director, Gaëtane Verna gave guest host Mike Ewing a sense of what it's all about.
Listen audio (runs 12:07)
"The Clock" is available for viewing at The Power Plant until November the 25th. All the details are at The Power Plant's website.

0800 Brush your teeth! Dentists and parents constantly repeat that refrain. But what toothbrush should you use? Citizen Talin investigated. She shared her findings with Mary Ito. Listen to that conversation at Citizen Talin's column.

0830 Weekends were made for sports...and sports fans. But what is it about being a fan that creates allegiances to teams...and to fellow fans? York University's Richard Lalonde is a social psychyologist. He's also a sports fan himself. He and guest host Mike Ewing tackled the topic.
Listen audio (runs 12:32)
If you'd like to know more about Professor Lalonde, check out Richard's York University website.


Brush Your Teeth!!!!

You've heard it from your dentist...and your parents. But what kind of toothbrush should you use WHEN you're brushing? Citizen Talin has investigated. She shared her findings with Mary Ito.
Listen. audio (runs 10:06)
You can also follow Fresh Air's consumer columnist on Twitter @CitizenTalin.

Jaffa Road

The Toronto-based world music group takes listeners on a real road trip with their new album. You'll hear Jewish, Arabic and Indian music...along with jazz, electronica, rock, pop and dub. And Aviva Chernick and Aaron Lighstone of Jaffa Road will be Mary Ito's guests this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for September 30

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Kitchener-Waterloo/Oktoberfest
Toronto/Soupalicious
Ontario-wide/Straw Bale Building Tour

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
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SATURDAY September 29

0600 The fine art of lying is the topic on today's episode of WireTap on CBC Radio One. That's at 3:30 p.m. The show has just launched a cool contest. It's inviting listeners to submit animated versions of WireTap. There's a great prize. Check out the WireTap website for details.

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in the East African state of Rwanda. An orphanage called Gisimba saved the lives of hundred of parentless children. One of the people who helped the orhpahange survive was an American named Carl Wilkens. He came to Toronto this past week for a fundraiser for Gisimba...and that's where Mary Ito talked with him.
Listen audio (runs 11:33)
For more information about the orphanage, you can visit the Gisimba website.

0800 When the topic is the weather, the man to turn to is David Phillips. He's senior climatologist at Environment Canada. And he joined Mary to consider what we can expect from autumn weather patterns.
Listen audio (runs 13:23)
David is also the creator of The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar. The 2013 edition has just been released. If you'd like to know more, visit the Weather Trivia Calendar's website.

0830 Grocery shopping is a commonplace activity for many weekend consumers. But there's more to the retail grocery landscape than you might think. Change is in the air. John Scott is president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. He dropped by to educate Mary.
Listen audio (runs 9:25)
The Federation's website is an excellent source for information about food safety warnings in Canada.

The Clock!

Is it a film? Or is it an art installation? Well...it's both. It's called "The Clock". And it's an intriguing homage to the portrayal of time in the movies. People in Southern Ontario currently have a chance to experience "The Clock". It's at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. And the Power Plant's director, Gaëtane Verna, will join guest Fresh Air host Mike Ewing on Sunday's show. That's just after the 7:30 news. .

CBC Sports Day in Canada


This is Sports Day in Canada. It's a national celebration of sport at all levels. And CBC is your link to all of the action. Scott Russell will host CBC Television's coverage of Sports Day from Niagara Falls. You can get all the details at the Sports Day In Canada website.

What's On for September 29

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Culture Days/activities list
Culture Days/find your activity
Windsor International Airport/Open House
Sudbury/Hiking
Toronto/Nuit Blanche

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
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The Weather Watcher

He's a weather watcher extraordinaire. His name is David Phillips. And he's senior climatologist at Environment Canada. If ANYone knows what to expect---weather-wise---in the weeks and months to come, it's Dave. He'll share his conclusions on Saturday's show, after the 8 o'clock edition of World Report.

SUNDAY September 23

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 Fresh Air's Mary Ito talked with Dr. Judith Laposa from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health about adult anxiety.
Listen audio (runs 11:36)

0800 Mary Ito talked with chef Michael Smith about his new book, "Fast Favorites:110 Simple Speedy Recipes".
Listen audio (runs 11:05)

0830 Mary Ito talked with Jeff Rubin, author of the recent bestseller "The End of Growth", about achieving a truly sustainable future.
Listen audio (runs 12:28)

Free tickets to The Ron James Show

Season Four of The Ron James Show debuts on CBC Television in January, 2013. However, they're already recording episodes of the new series...and you can be in the audience for a studio taping. The tickets are free. Just go to The Ron James Show website. That's where you'll find a handy order form. Tickets are still available for Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm and 9:00pm, and Friday, September 28th at 6:30pm and 9:00pm.

Accent On Toronto

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

SATURDAY September 22

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 FreshFest. Mary Ito talked with Bruce Nicholas, general manager of the Ontario Food Terminal and Zarah Parvinian, director of social enterprise at Food Share Toronto---the only non-profit in the city allowed to buy there---about today's rare opportunity for the public to tour the Terminal.
Listen audio (runs 11:58)

0800 Mary Ito talked with personal finance columnist Hilary Doyle about avoiding student debt.
Listen audio (runs 10:45)

0830 Mary Ito talked with "Remembering Glenn Gould" author Colin Eatock and musician Ron Davis about the "Dreamers, Renegades, Visionaries" celebration of Gould at the University of Toronto on September 25th.
Listen audio (runs 14:25)

Free tickets to The Ron James Show

Season Four of The Ron James Show debuts on CBC Television in January, 2013. However, they're already recording episodes of the new series...and you can be in the audience for a studio taping. The tickets are free. Just go to The Ron James Show website. That's where you'll find a handy order form. Tickets are still available for Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm and 9:00pm, and Friday, September 28th at 6:30pm and 9:00pm.

Accent On Toronto

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

Fall Books Preview

Fresh Air's book panel---book columnist and editor Becky Toyne and Erin Balser from CBC Books---joined Mary Ito with a preview of the hot books to read this autumn.
Listen to that conversation. audio (runs 13:40)

Here are Becky and Erin's reading recommendations, beginning with Becky's list:

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown

Marjorie Celona, Y
PUBLISHER: Hamish Hamilton Canada

Miranda Hill, Sleeping Funny
PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

Jon Klassen, This is Not My Hat
PUBLISHER: Candlewick


And here's Erin's list:

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf Publications)

NW by Zadie Smith (Penguin Books)

The Blondes by Emily Schultz (Random House)

Return Of The Thousandaire

Fresh Air's personal finance columnist Hilary Doyle---AKA "The Thousandaire"---will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend. Hilary will share advice on how to deal with a university student's worst enemy---debt.

SUNDAY September 16

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 Andrea England's new album is called Hope and Other Sins. She joined Mary to talk about it...and the rather signifigant challenges that she's faced in making her musical career a reality.
Listen to that conversation. audio (runs 10:25)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about her music at Andrea's website.

0800 It's a "Royal" weekend in southern Ontario. Prince Edward and Sophie---also known as the Earl and Countess of Wessex---are concluding a visit to the province. And Cian Horrobin is following their activities here with interest. Cian is Greater Toronto Area Chair of the Monarchist League of Canada. He talked with Mary about the role of the monarchy in Canada...and why more people should become acquainted with it.
Listen to their conversation. audio (runs 10:10)
You can learn more about the Monarchist League at its website

0830 Fresh Air's book panelists---Erin Balser from CBC Books and book editor/reviewer Becky Toyne---looked ahead to the fall book season and chose some offerings that have caught their attention.
Listen audio (runs 13:40)

Here are their recommendations:
First, from Becky:

- J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy.
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown

- Marjorie Celona, Y
PUBLISHER: Hamish Hamilton Canada

- Miranda Hill, Sleeping Funny
PUBLISHER: Doubleday Canada

- Jon Klassen, This is Not My Hat
PUBLISHER: Candlewick

And here's Erin's list:

- The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf Publications)

- NW by Zadie Smith (Penguin Books)

- The Blondes by Emily Schultz (Random House)

And be sure to visit the CBC Books website for more book-related information.

What's On for September 16

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Armenian Festival/Ottawa
Polish Festival/Toronto
Ukranian Festival/Toronto
Feast of Fields/Ottawa

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SATURDAY September 15

CBC Hamilton Open House Our co-workers at the CBC Hamilton digital bureau are holding an Open House today. If you drop by, you can meet the CBC Hamilton team, sample the bureau's new website, get your photo taken at the CBC Hamilton photo booth and even win a great prize. You can also meet some of your favourite CBC Radio and TV personalities, including Craig Norris and Tom Power from CBC Music, Jonny Harris from MURDOCH MYSTERIES, and Lauren Hammersley from MR. D. The CBC Hamilton Open House runs from 11am-11pm. The bureau is at 118 James Street North. Learn more at the CBC Hamilton website.

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 You know him best as the host of CBC Radio One's "Q". Before that he was a member of the satirical musicial group Moxy Fruvous. But there's much more to Jian Gomeshi. And you can read all about it in his new literary memoir. It's called 1982 And Jian sat down with Mary Ito to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 13:19)
1982 is published by Penguin.
Learn more at Jian's website.

0800 Hamilton was known for years as "steel town" But these days, "arts city" might be a better description. And that explosion of artistic endeavours is being celebrated today with the James Street SuperCrawl. Tim Potocic is part of what's going on. He's co-founder of the SuperCrawl. He's also co-owner of Sonic Unuyon Records in Hamilton. That's where Mary reached him by phone.
Listen audio (runs 5:16)
Learn more about today's gi-normous arts and music festival in Hamilton at the SuperCrawl website.

0830 Steve Brinder is a substitute teacher. He's also a comedian. And the first job provides plenty of material for the second. Steve will be part of CBC Toronto's Accent On Toronto show on October 17th at the Music Hall on Danforth. But first, he came into the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 15:36)
To purchase tickets to Accent On Toronto you can visit the Ticketmaster website.
And you can learn more about Mr. Brinder at Steve's website.


What's On for September 15

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Cinefest /Sudbury
Lantern Festival/Toronto
Danforth East Arts Fair/Toronto
Biketoberfest/Fenwick
Doors Open/Ontario

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SUNDAY September 9

0700 Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest presents its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth.
You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan profiled singer/songwriter Danny Michel's new album. It was recorded under rather...extreme conditions. Get the lowdown by going to Reuben's column.

0800 Toronto child psychologist Dr. Robin Alter has written a book called Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination. She joined Mary Ito to talk about the ways that children's anxiety can be channelled into positive results through the use of their imaginations.
Listen audio (runs 11:47)
Learn more at Dr. Alter's website.

0830 Director Simon Ennis has made a film about the moon. More accurately, about people with lunar fixations. It's called Lunarcy. And it's part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Simon talked about the film and its participants when he came into the Fresh Air studio and sat down with Mary.
Lunarcy will screen Thursday (Sept. 13).
Learn more at the TIFF website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

New Books For Fall

The autumn book season is shifting into high gear. But with so many books to choose from, how can you be sure you're getting the best of the bunch? Fresh Air's resident "bookies"---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---will join Mary Ito to preview some of their picks for "best books to read" this fall. That's this coming weekend on the show.

Danny's Excellent Belize Adventure

Toronto singer/songwriter Danny Michel went out of town to record his latest album. WAAAAAY out of town...all the way to the Central American country of Belize. The album is called Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me. And Reuben Maan provided Mary Ito with the story behind the recording.
Listen to what Reuben had to say. audio (runs 6:10)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
You can check out the CBC Music website for Reuben's Q&A with Danny Michel.

What's On for September 9

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Feast of Fields/Cold Creek Conservation Area
Vegetarian Food Festival/Toronto

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SATURDAY September 8

0600 Accent On Toronto is back. The eleventh edition of CBC Toronto's annual laughfest takes place on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can buy tickets by going to the Ticketmaster website.

0700 Host Mary Ito featured an excerpt from today's episode of CBC Radio's comedy show The Debaters. You can hear the whole show at one o'clock this afternoon on CBC Radio One. For more info, check out The Debaters website.

0730 The kids went back to school this week. It's always an exciting time...but getting into the "back-to-school" routine can bring on some bad habits...bad ENVIRONMENTAL habits. But there are ways to "GREEN your school routine" according to Gill Deacon. She's the author of the best-selling books "Green for Life" and "There's Lead in Your Lipstick."
Listen to what she told Mary. audio (runs 11:22)
Both of Gill's books--- Green for Life and There's Lead in Your Lipstick ---are published in Canada by Penguin.
You can learn more by visiting Gill's website.

0800 Turn on your furnace! That's what Jorge Rodrigues says. Jorge is the owner of J-B Rodrigues and Associates, building contractors and consultants in Toronto. And he joined Mary to talk about the importance of making sure your heating system is working NOW...before it gets cold.
Listen to their conversation. audio (runs 9:07)

0830 Rick Green is a popular comedian and broadcaster. Think: The Frantics, History Bites, Prisoners of Gravity and The Red Green Show. But Rick has ADHD---Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder. And he's currently engaged in a campaign to make people better acquainted with the condition and how to deal with it.
Listen audio (runs 10:25)
Learn more about ADHD at Rick's Totally ADD website.

Lunarcy!

It's a film about the moon. Actually, it's more than that. LUNARCY! is an out-of-this-world look at the past, present and future of humanity's always fascinating, and often bizarre (and hilarious) obsession with the Moon. Simon Ennis is the film's director. He'll join Mary Ito in the final half hour of Sunday's show to elaborate.

What's On for September 8

Here are Karen's What's On selections:

Art Festival/Grimsby
Water Buffalo Festival/Stirling
Dragon Boat Race/Toronto
Kam River Heritage Festival/Thunder Bay

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SATURDAY September 1


0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with draws and fades. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0730 We may be reaching the end of summer but one of the wonderful things to look forward to are the fall fairs in this province. Many are over a hundred years old. Jodey Nurse of the University of Guelph came in to talk about the history of the fall fair and why it's alive and well today.

0800 This is the weekend to relax with family and friends... celebrate the last days of summer and toast the coming fall season. What better way than a Labour Day barbecue! Greta Podleski and her sister Janet wrote the successful Looneyspoons cookbook series. Their latest is called "The Looneyspoons Collection".
Greta joined Mary with some recipes (posted separately).

0830 Men's fashion was the topic. To help us understand men's perspective on fashion, Mary invited three men who are all known for their stylishness into studio
Russell Smith is the men's style columnist for the Glove and Mail. He's also a personal style consultant,
David Rocco is a producer, celebrity chef and author--his latest book is "MADE IN ITALY". and he is well known for his sense of style
And Dwight Drummond is an award winning journalist and the co-anchor of the CBC Toronto local news hour--whose job requires him to look good.


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SUNDAY September 2

0730 Mark Rheaume joined Mary Ito with the September 2012 edition of his Mark's Music column. You can find his picks posted separately.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans came in to talk about insomnia. You can hear that conversation by going to Mike's Your Health column.

0830 The Sunday Salon reconvened with Anne Kingston, senior writer for Maclean's Magazine; Priscila Uppal, poet, professor of English at York University, and Poet in Residence for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams; and Dilip Soman, professor of Marketing at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

A Winter's (Coming) Tale

It may be hard to believe...but the season of dropping temperatures and falling white stuff will soon be upon us. Which raises the inevitable question...will your house be ready for the worst that winter can throw its way? Toronto contractor Jorge Rodrigues will join Mary Ito with a checklist of what you can do to make sure YOUR home is ready for winter's fury. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Insomnia Explained

Fresh Air's Your Health columnist, Dr. Mike Evans, joined Mary to explore the issues surrounding insomnia. It's a growing concern for Canadians. Dr. Mike explained why...and what can be done to treat it.
Listen. audio (runs 12:50)
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

Mark's Music for August

Mark's Music for August 2012
Links to artist websites will open in a new window.

Artist: Anouk Laure
Album: Shades of Rain
Song: Dance When You're Down
Website: Anouk Laure

Artist: Paul Federici
Album: Relative Importance
Song: Conveniently Yours
Website: Paul Federici

Artist: Austin John
Album: Please Everyone
Song: Please Everyone
Website: Austin John

Artist: Michele Mele
Album: Cha Cha
Song: Hold Back Trigger
Website: Michele Mele

What's On for September 2

Here are Daniel's What's On selections:

Canada's Largest Ribfest/Burlington
Ribfest 2012/Sudbury
Stoop Loggy Log's Underground Rave: Vinyl Toys, Vinyl Records and Remixes/St. Catherines

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5 Recipes from Janet and Greta Podleski

As Mary mentioned in her interview with author and TV personality Greta Podleski, we've posted five recipes from the cookbook she co-wrote with her sister Janet called The Looneyspoons Collection.

GRAINola Bars
Chewy homemade granola bars with oats, flax, pumpkin, cranberries, nuts and mini chocolate chips

2½ cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup chopped raw almonds, pecans or pistachios
½ cup chopped dried cranberries
½ cup mini chocolate chips
⅓ cup whole wheat flour (see tip)
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
¾ cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup liquid honey
¼ cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting the paper overhang on two opposite sides (so you can use it as a sling to pick up the granola bars after baking).

Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, honey, butter and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients. Mix using a wooden spoon until dry ingredients are coated with pumpkin mixture. Make sure there aren't any dry oats in the bottom of the bowl! Stir, stir, stir!

Pour the wet granola mixture into the prepared pan and spread it evenly to the edges. Using your hand, press down firmly on the granola so that it's tightly packed in the pan.

Bake on middle oven rack for about 25 minutes, until top turns a light golden brown and feels dry to touch. Remove pan from oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Lift cooled slab of granola from pan by holding on to parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the granola into 16 bars, about 1½ x 4 inches each. (Tip: Press down with the knife to cut the bars and avoid a sawing motion.) Wrap bars tightly in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container, either at room temperature or in the fridge.

Makes 16 granola bars

Per bar: 214 calories, 9.7 g total fat (5 g saturated fat), 4 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 3.4 g fibre, 9 mg cholesterol, 83 mg sodium


Honey, I Shrunk My Thighs!
Marinated, grilled honey-garlic chicken thighs

12 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 3 lbs/1.4 kg)
½ cup liquid honey
¼ cup hoisin sauce
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp grated gingerroot
½ tsp each ground curry and ground coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Arrange chicken thighs in a shallow glass dish. Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chicken. Turn pieces to coat both sides with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat grill to medium setting. Remove chicken from marinade and place on a grill rack that has been lightly brushed with oil. Grill chicken for about 10 minutes per side. Be careful not to burn them. (You can brush the chicken with extra marinade as long as you boil the marinade first to kill any bacteria.) Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 294 calories, 7.4 g total fat (1.9 g saturated fat), 34 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate, 0.3 g fibre, 151 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium


Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
These mouthwatering turkey burgers get their Mediterranean flair from the addition of feta cheese, sundried tomato pesto and spinach.

2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
1-1/2 lbs (680 g) lean ground turkey
½ cup finely chopped COOKED spinach (see tip)
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp sundried tomato pesto
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste (optional)

Process the oats in the bowl of a food processor or blender until they're the consistency of bread crumbs (but not powdery). In a large bowl, combine oats with ground turkey and all remaining ingredients. Mix gently using your hands. Form mixture into 5 large patties or 6 regular-sized patties. Cover and refrigerate while you preheat the grill to medium-high setting.

Brush grill rack lightly with oil. Grill burgers for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the centre. Serve on multigrain buns or with grilled Portobello "buns" (pictured; eat with knife and fork!) to keep them gluten free. These burgers taste great topped with tzatziki, hummus, sliced tomatoes and/or cucumbers, sprouts or even zesty tomato sauce.

Makes 5 large burgers or 6 regular-sized burgers

Per burger (based on 6 burgers): 227 calories, 11 g total fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 26 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 1.9 g fibre, 129 mg cholesterol, 272 mg sodium

Cooking Tip: If using frozen spinach, thaw it and drain it very well before chopping and adding to the recipe. To make Portobello "buns," simply brush large Portobello mushroom caps with olive oil on both sides and grill alongside burgers. Variation: Use basil pesto instead of sundried tomato pesto and use minced roasted red bell peppers instead of spinach.


Moroccan and Rollin' Quinoa Salad
Colorful quinoa salad with chickpeas, veggies, lemon and mint


1 cup uncooked quinoa (see tip)
2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
¼ cup dried currants
1 tsp medium curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp honey (or sugar)
½ tsp salt
1 cup no-salt-added canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup each finely chopped red bell pepper, grated carrots (packed) and peeled, diced English cucumber
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


Combine quinoa, broth, currants, curry, cumin, coriander, honey and salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all liquid. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and leave uncovered to cool completely.

When quinoa is cool, transfer to large mixing bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour or two before serving. Tastes even better the next day!

Recipe Tip: To save time, look for quinoa that says "pre-washed" or "pre-rinsed" on the package. Quinoa must be rinsed before using to remove the bitter outer coating. If you buy quinoa that isn't pre-rinsed, put it in a mesh strainer or sieve and run cold water over it for about 30 seconds.

Makes 6 servings

Per serving (about 1 cup): 231 calories, 7.4 g total fat (0.7 g saturated fat), 6 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 5.4 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium

Corn, Black Bean and Mango Fandango
Colourful corn and black bean salad with mango and avocado

This fresh-tasting, high-fiber salad will make your taste-buds dance with joy!

1 can (19 oz/540 mL) no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 oz/398 mL) whole-kernel corn, drained
1 large mango, peeled and diced
1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
1 cup diced red bell pepper
½ cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper
⅛ tsp each ground cumin and chili powder (see tip)
1 cup diced avocado (see tip)


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Serve immediately or chill before serving. (We prefer this salad at room temperature.) As with most dishes containing avocado, this dish tastes best when eaten the day it's made.

Recipe Tip: For added "kick," try chipotle chili powder--it's sold beside the regular chili powder in the spice aisle. Avocado turns brown quickly, so peel, slice and add it to the salad just before serving.

Makes 4 meal-sized servings

Per serving: 236 calories, 10 g total fat (1.4 g saturated fat), 7 g protein, 37 g carbohydrate, 10.4 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 385 mg sodium

What's On for September 1

Here are Daniel's What's On selections:

Drumming and Astronomy Weekend/Manitoulin Island
Ashkenaz Festival/Toronto
Candy Apple Clinic/Clarksburg

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
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