I found Cultures for Health while searching for water kefir grains and gluten-free sourdough starter, which if you have delved into the world of traditional cooking, you know can be hard to find!  I was so excited when I finally found a place to purchase reliable starters for myself and my clients.  I am even more excited to announce that I am now a Canadian Distributor for this amazing company and all the fabulous products they have to offer.  You can find more information about all the products offered on the Cultures for Health website (don’t forget to check out the amazing videos).  I also teach classes on how to use a variety of these starter cultures in new and exciting ways. Check out my class information page to learn more!





One of the best parts of my job as a Personal Chef  is helping people reconnect with food, family, and friends. With Epicure Selections spices and cookware I get to make these connections really simple for even the beginner cook.  Epicure can also help  reduce sodium and fillers in meals while make cooking faster and more intuitive. If you would like to learn how to cook in a simple stress free way, host an epicure party, and learn while enjoying time with your friends and family.

I have been an Independent Epicure Selections Consultant since 2005 and have enjoyed sharing my love of cooking and simple meals through such an amazing company.

Here are two of my all-time favourite things to make from scratch (and with Epicure spice blends they take only minutes to prepare):

Epicure’s Creamy Guacamole Dip

Epicure's Creamy Guacamole Dip

For traditional guacamole, prepare without sour cream. Perfect for Mexican layer dip.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (375 ml)

Cost Per Serving: 0.35

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) Epicure’s Guacamole Dip Mix
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon or lime juice


1. Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate dip for 1 hour to allow flavours to mellow.

Eaten in moderation, avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats, which may also help lower bad cholesterol.

Per Serving (2 Tbsp (30 ml)) : Calories 70, Fat 6 g (Saturated 1 g, Trans 0 g), Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 90 mg, Carbohydrate 5 g (Fibre 2 g, Sugars 1 g), Protein 2 g.

Tips: Chef’s Tip: Instead of mayonnaise, add prepared guacamole to canned light tuna for an extra zesty sandwich or wrap.

Serving Suggestion:
• Serve with Epicure’s Salsa and taco chips
• Use as a spread on sandwiches

Epicure’s Basic Salsa

Epicure's Basic Salsa

Create a quick anytime snack, or use as a low-fat topping for Mexican-inspired meals.

Makes 1 cups (250 ml)

Cost Per Serving: 0.16

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) Epicure’s Salsa Mix – your choice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) diced tomatoes – canned or fresh
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) lime juice – optional
  • Fresh chopped cilantro – optional, to taste


1. Add Salsa Mix to tomatoes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro, if desired.
2. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Per Serving (2 Tbsp (30 ml)) : Calories 10, Fat 0.1 g (Saturated 0 g, Trans 0 g), Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 120 mg, Carbohydrate 2 g (Fibre 1 g, Sugars 1 g), Protein 0.4 g.

Tips: Creative Cooking: Jazz up Epicure’s Basic Salsa with extra ingredients to suit your taste.

Serving Suggestion: Serve on top of burgers, fish and tacos.

For more informationo on Epicure please visit the official Epicure Selections site, which can be found here. For more information on ordering or hosting a party please email or call 613.985.6194


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