Archive for July, 2012


Vol. 3, No.16, Monday, July 3oth, 2012  


“the art of food, wine, family & more*”

By Antoinette La Posta



Last week, I wrote about BBQ . This week, I will continue on with the BBQ topic –  I am glad that you could come. I hope that you remembered my rule … everyone must bring their own buns!  I promised you a recipe;  I wanted to give you something different.  And then it came to me … grilled red peppers – I call them roasted red peppers. It’s just the ticket! (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on Antoinette’s Kitchen & recipes.)


I remember my family’s BBQ day at the beach. We were a huge group made up of my parents, my siblings with their families and my children along with aunts, uncles, cousins. Everybody brought food and once there we shared what we brought.  Not only was it a very delightful BBQ outing, but it gave us the opportunity to socialize with family.  I always looked forwarded to these outings.  One of us would always bring roasted red peppers. And so that is how it has become our family’s summertime custom to grill peppers.  It is an easy recipe, and so delicious!


Red Peppers

Bell pepper, also known as sweet pepper or a pepper (in the United Kingdom) and capsicum (in India, Australia and New Zealand), is a cultivar group of the species Capsicum annuum.  Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients and contain the antioxidant lycopene. The level of carotene, like lycopene, is nine times higher in red peppers. Red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers.[6] Also, one large red bell pepper contains 209 mg of vitamin C, which is three times the 70 mg of an average orange. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –


Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium.(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –


Parsley (Petroselinum hortense) is a species of Petroselinum in the family Apiaceae, native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia), naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as an herb, a spice and a vegetable.[1][2] (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Why I prefer extra virgin olive oil?

I prefer extra virgin olive oil because it has a rich, smooth texture.  I had a new favourite brand. But a funny thing just happened on the way to the grocery store. I heard that it was declared flatulent.  Apparently, they ( by the way …who are they?), were mixing olive oil with other lesser quality oils.  So now, I’m looking for a new brand … I’ll let you know how I’m doing.


To make these green peppers you need a barbecue grill.

Barbecue Grill

A barbecue grill is a device for cooking food by applying heat directly from below. There are several varieties of such grills, with most falling into one of two categories: gasfueled and charcoal. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Why I prefer Master Chef e500 Natural Gas BBQ/Grill?

I use Master Chef Natural Gas BBQ grill because it lights up quickly and ingredients are ready in no time. To give you a specific reference, I have checked on-line and I found information on this BBQ grill – Product #85-3045-4 – price $349.99

Antonietta’s Recipe of the Month – Roasted Red Peppers


  • 6 red sweet bell peppers (grilled and cut into strips)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • Parsley (¼ cup) chopped
  • Olive oil (2-3 tbsps)
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. Grill red peppers on BBQ
  2. Peel skin and remove inside of peppers
  3. Slice into strips
  4. Add garlic, parsley, olive oil and salt in a medium size bowl along with the peppers
  5. Mix well and serve


The grilled red peppers recipe reminds me of happy summer BBQ outings with my family.  It is the perfect side for a grilled main dish. It’s a mouthful of flavour. I think that it’s quite a hoot if I can pepper your taste buds at a BBQ feast.    

Take this dish out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my food favorite for the week, what’s yours? *


PREVIEW (tentatively Monday, August 6th 2012): Now, that we’re at the end of July, I know that many Moms & Dads out there will be soon thinking about the children returning to the classrooms. That is why I will do an update of my post, first published on August 28, 2011, titled“FINDING BEST (PRE-, GRADE, MIDDLE OR HIGH) SCHOOL, COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY FOR YOUR CHILD- I say: Every parent should research this thoroughly!*” It’s such an important topic, that I think that you should not skip this post. Also, be forewarned that I will take attendance. And don’t be late – I will give detentions to all latecomers!  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on schooling and returning to class.)

PREVIEW (tentatively Monday, August 13th 2012): Continuing on in with this theme, I will do an update of my post, first published on August 21, 2011, titled, “FIRST DAY OF (BACK TO) SCHOOL:  I  say, “let’s make this year the most educational ever!*” Oh by the way, it’s not obligatory, but I ask everyone to bring a pencil and paper. It’s on the list! (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on schooling and returning to class.)

PREVIEW (now, tentatively Monday, September 17th 2012): I will return to the romance theme. I am hearing a lot about Fifty Shades of Grey by T.L. James. I say: “Now, that’s a VERY spicy  meat ball!” I want to add my two cents to the discussion. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)

P.S. Big News: There are big changes FINALLY coming to my blog – Please stay tuned.
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Posted by on July 30th, 2012 9 Comments

SAVE & READ* S & R* NEWS* : Olympic Extra!

SAVE & READ* S & R* NEWS*: Olympic Extra

Vol. 3, No.15, Monday, July 30th, 2012  

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Cyberspace.

We at Save and Read* S & R* are working on some new features and improvements.  Happily, we’re nearly there. Watch for them soon.


And since the Olympic Games have just opened this past Friday, July27th, 2012, I am writing a  special Olympic piece.  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on special dates and also activities, hobbies and sports.)

ANTOINETTE’S LIFE & TIMES*: personal comments  

The Olympics are now here.  I’m watching, aren’t you? I loved the Opening Ceremony: while there was the standard fare like the speeches of dignitaries, oaths by the athletes, etc. , there was an unmistakable British flair to the festivities. Bravo to all involved!  

I say:

  • I particularly love the thought of so many athletes from countries all over the globe  competing in harmony. The entrance of the nations was so lovely to watch! 
  • I appreciate that so many cultures come together in one place and they all have a common interest – sports, athletics.  Viva our diversity!
  • I see the participants … our world’s youth, so clean cut and vigorous; and I am reassured that they will succeed in making our world an even better place.
  • Let’s all be part of this great celebration of the games.  My better half and I will be glued to the television screen cheering on the athletes for the next two weeks. (Friday, July 27, 2012, and ends Sunday, August 12, 2012.).  Hope you will join us.

“For today, my word/phrase(s) is:  “Olympic Games”

The Olympic Games (French: les Jeux olympiques, JO),[1] is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.[2] The Games are currently held biennially, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, meaning they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games. Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894. The IOC has since become the governing body of the Olympic Movement, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter.

The Games have grown in scale to the point that nearly every nation is represented. Such growth has created numerous challenges, including boycotts, doping, bribery, and terrorism. Every two years, the Olympics and its media exposure provide unknown athletes with the chance to attain national, and in some cases, international fame. The Games also constitute a major opportunity for the host city and country to showcase themselves to the world.

The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were the first Games to be broadcast on television, though only to local audiences.[74] The 1956 Winter Olympics were the first internationally televised Olympic Games,[75] and the following Winter Games had their broadcasting rights sold for the first time to specialized television broadcasting networks—CBS paid US$394,000 for the American rights,[76] and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) allocated US$660,000

The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place after all sporting events have concluded. Flag-bearers from each participating country enter the stadium, followed by the athletes who enter together, without any national distinction. Three national flags are hoisted while the corresponding national anthems are played: the flag of Greece, to honor the birthplace of the Olympic Games; the flag of the current host country, and the flag of the country hosting the next Summer or Winter Olympic Games.[98] (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –


I have posted a new edition of my blog – it’s a BBQ recipe. Psst, you’re going to need a napkin.

Last, I invite reader communications.1 I work better with feedback. Thanks.

That’s all for now.

Have a great week.

Yours truly,

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Posted by on July 30th, 2012 6 Comments

BARBECUE: Hungry for BBQ chicken, hot dogs & hamburgers, steaks / chops, salmon, ribs, etc. and thinking of sauce and recipes, I am planning a party*

 Vol. 3, No.14, Monday, July 23rd, 2012  

TITLE:”BARBECUE: Hungry for BBQ chicken,  hot dogs & hamburgers, steaks/chops, salmon, ribs, etc. and thinking of sauce and  recipes, I am planning a party*”


FOODIES ALERT! Now that it’s grilling season, I will turn to barbecue – you might know it better by its acronym, BBQ. My topc then is the Wide … Wide World of BBQ. My book of the week is “Barbecue” [Hardcover] by Eric Treuille (Author), Birgit Erath (Author).  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on homemakers: homes and garden. Do you notice any changes in the blog format? We’re doing some fine tuning. Hope you like it!) 


“Barbecue & Me” …how’s that for a title of a movie? Maybe not … but it’s certainly a lead-in to my post on barbecue. Barbecue is a cooking instrument with special tools.  It’s also a cooking style with classic foods – there is even a BBQ chicken dish. More, it’s a kind of party or get-together, Whatever it is, I like it! Here’s more info.

Cooking instrument: Barbecues used to be simple. They started and went from big to bigger and also “Hibachi”. Charcoal became little squares. There was even wood slices for the smoking taste.  And then came propane gas powered BBQs.  Gas is now just about everywhere; while charcoal is going the way of the near extinct dodo bird.

Cooking tools: My kitchen BBQ storage cabinet contains:  a) BIG  knife; b) Long fork; c) BIG tongs – don’t confuse these with thongs as your face will get red from embarrassment and your hands will get burned from the fire; d) Long spatula; e) BBQ grill (wire mesh) cleaning brush; f) Condiment Bottles (red & yellow);  g) Corn cob handles; etc.

Classic foods: If asking:”What’s cooking?”, here are several dishes: chicken,  hot dogs & hamburgers, steaks/chops, salmon, ribs, etc.

Cooking style: Barbecuing is different from  frying and baking. It is similar to broiling but the BBQ cooking element is only underneath.  I am under the impression that Rotisserie chicken better known as BBQ chicken has some roots in my home town, Montreal. 

Party type: Barbecuing in my home is an event of summer and autumn. Although, I had a neighbor who barbecued all year round.  In the winter, it was brought up to the patio door and she would grill from inside.  As they say, different strokes for different folks. 

Weather is always something to check when throwing a BBQ party. Last week, I was invited to a BBQ at the home of my brother and his wife. With the threat of rain, it turned to a deli- meat party.  Late last summer, I invited some friends for a barbecue.  It poured buckets of rain during the time we barbecued and for the rest of the evening – we all ate inside.  Of course, barbecuing is better done in good weather. But, be ready with an alternative if the sun changes places with storm clouds.

BBQ horror story: Approximately 10 years ago, we had a bad experience with the barbecue.  On a beautiful sunny day, I came back from work to find my daughter in terrible distress.  We had a gas barbecue.  She decided to put it on and start barbecuing for supper.  As she turned the knob, big flames sparked out close to her face.  We were lucky, she was not injured. I refused to use it again and for years didn’t buy one.  Last year, we bought a new BBQ and we use it every other week. But we’re very careful in starting it up and turning it off.  Safety is always on my mind. 

THE AUTHOR: Eric Treuille & Birgit Erath

This twosome is from Notting Hill in the UK. This township was made famous by a movie of the same name starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Treuille, director of the BOOKS FOR COOKS cooking school. He travels between the south of France and London. He is also an author. Check him out at .

Erath is the proprietor of a spice store. She lives in London, traveling extensively seeking new herbs and recipes. Check her out at



To name a few, several are

THE BOOK: Barbecue [Hardcover] by Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath (Authors)

Are you barbecue savvy? If so-so or not at all, pick up this book. In one word, ”Barbecue” says it all. It’s the ”A-Z“ instructional book all-in-one. The use of the barbecues, both gas and charcoal. It covers the best tools, safety and cooking the food just right. And don’t forget the recipes – there`s 150, but who’s counting$? A major lesson is the preparation.  Spice, sauces and marinades work. Smoke adds to the flavor. It will be an aid to have a better BBQ.


Barbecuing is a pleasure of summer and later into autumn. Of course, it’s good to do it. But, it is better to do it right. The enjoyment level will soar!

Personal Comments

I say:

  • Since our summers are so short, I ask: “Why not enjoy every minute of it?” One way is to barbecue.
  • With the barbecue season finally arrived, it’s such a thrill to be able to cook outdoors. The sizzling sound of barbecuing. makes my mouth water…can’t you just taste it! 
  • Barbecued foods are a real treat. They are delicious.
  • Barbecue is also a great way of socializing outdoors and having fun. 
  • I have a few barbecues to organize.  I better get them done before the summer is over.

The Point

If you’re going to BBQ, then do it right. 


Every BBQ pit chef or wannabe should:

Step I

  1. Plan the menu; in this regard,

      1.1    Consider pre-dinner finger foods: dips, salsas, chips, nuts, etc.

      1.2   Choose as your main dish from: meats, poultry, fish and even vegetables.

      1.3   Add extra grilling foods like Italian sausages, salami slices, etc. 

      1.4   Include a salad: chef, Caesar, Greek, etc.

      1.5   Select side dishes such as potato salad, coleslaw and vegetables – corn on the cob is a real favorite

      1.6   Finish with a pie, cake, ice cream and fresh fruit.

      1.7   Try marshmellos as a special bonus 

      2. Serve Sangria or have plenty of chilled beer in a tub of ice.

      3. Prepare the foods beforehand; in this regard,

     3.1 Keep meats and vegetables separate;

     3.2 Wash your hands with soap and water before handling the meat;

     3.3 Rinse all meat, poultry or fish;

      3.4 Consider a marinade;

      3.5 Wash your hands with soap and water after handling the meat.

Step II

       4. Add a spice, sauce, etc.

       5. Clean the barbecue before using.

        6. Remember the extension cord to plug in the music outdoors and lights if it’s late in the day.

        7. Use a plastic table cloth and set the table with paper or plastic plates and paper or plastic glasses; and take out an exterior garbage can.

         8. Do it with safety; in this regard,

         8.1          Do not wear loose clothing like ties, scarfs, etc.; 

        8.2          Keep young children away.

        8.3          Have a pitcher of water and a fire extinguisher close at hand;

         8.4          Keep the flame low;

         8.5          Douse your charcoal fire with a pitcher of water when the cooking is done; or if with gas, close the knob securely shut. Our trick is to turn off the gas and once the flame is extinguished, turn off the burner dial control.

Step III

          9. Cook all meat well to prevent food poisoning –Do not cook the meat till it’s black as this can lead to cancer causing agents in the meat

        10. Place the cooked meats on a CLEAN  platter … not the one first used 

        11.  Serve a platter of fruit plus a pie, cake, ice cream, etc. and then bring out tea and coffee

        12.  Set rules for those guests driving – there is no drinking and driving at your party!

I say: “Don’t get grilled or cooked up. Instead,  take out your grill and have a cook out. Now that you’re here, please …please squeeze …the mustard that is NOT me ….you see my hands are full … I am holding a hot dog in one hand and a beer in the other!*”

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (Monday, July 30th, 2012): Next week, I will continue on with the BBQ topic – I will put up a BBQ recipe post. You’re invited; but I have a rule…everyone must bring their own buns!  And since the Olympic Games are opening this coming Friday, July27th, 2012, I will add a special Olympic section. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on Antoinette’s Kitchen & recipes.)

PREVIEW (tentatively Monday, August 6th 2012): I will return to the romance theme. I am hearing a lot about Fifty Shades of Grey by T.L. James. I say: “Now, that’s a VERY spicy  meat ball!” I want to add my two cents to the discussion. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)

P.S. Big News: There are big changes FINALLY coming to my blog – Please stay tuned.
P.P.S. #1 I have a TWITTER page. Consider becoming a follower? Visit –   saveandread
P.P.S. #2 I also have a FACEBOOK page. Consider becoming a friend? Visit: – Alp Save Andread – please check it out.
P.P.S. #3 I am on Linkedin. Consider becoming a connection? Visit – Antoinette La Posta


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S & R* QUOTE #1: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“[W]e are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. The individual or nation that feels that it can live in isolation has allowed itself to sleep through a revolution. The geographical togetherness of the modern world makes our very existence dependent on co-existence. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. Because of our involvement in humanity we must be concerned about every human being.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Matthew Arnold

“Is it so small a thing To have enjoy’d the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done…” (Source:Wisdom Quotes)-

S & R* QUOTE #3: Emily Dickinson

“Love — is anterior to Life —
Posterior — to Death —
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth — ” (Source:Wisdom Quotes)-

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “Barbecue”; “Grill”; etc.

Barbecue or barbeque

Barbecue or barbeque (common spelling variant)[1] (with abbreviations BBQ, bar-B-Q and barbie), used chiefly in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France,[2] New Zealand and Australia (called braai in South Africa) is a method and apparatus for cooking meat, poultry, and occasionally fish with the hot smoke of a fire, smoking wood, compressed wood pellets, or hot coals of charcoal.(Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –


A barbecue grill is a device for cooking food by applying heat directly from below.(Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –


“The term as a noun can refer to the meat, the cooking apparatus itself (the “barbecue grill” or simply “barbecue”) or to a party that includes such food or such preparation methods. The term as an adjective can refer to foods cooked by this method. The term is also used as a verb for the act of cooking food in this manner.

Barbecue is usually done in an outdoor environment by cooking and smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Restaurant barbecue may be cooked in large brick or metal ovens specially designed for that purpose.

Most etymologists believe that barbecue derives from the word barabicu found in the language of the Taíno people of the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida, and entered European languages in the form barbacoa. The word translates as “sacred fire pit.”[3] The word describes a grill for cooking meat, consisting of a wooden platform resting on sticks.

It has been suggested that both the word and cooking technique migrated out of the Caribbean and into other languages and cultures, with the word (barbacoa) moving from Caribbean dialects into Spanish, then Portuguese, French, and English.

The word barbecue is also used to refer to a social gathering where food is served, usually outdoors in the late afternoon or evening.

Barbecuing encompasses four or five distinct types of cooking techniques. The original technique is cooking using smoke at lower temperatures (usually around 240–270 °F or 115–125 °C) and significantly longer cooking times (several hours), known as smoking. Another technique is baking, utilizing a masonry oven or any other type of baking oven, which uses convection to cook meats and starches with moderate temperatures for an average cooking time (about an hour plus a few extra minutes). Yet another technique is braising, which combines direct dry heat charbroiling on a ribbed surface with a broth-filled pot for moist heat, cooking at various speeds throughout the duration (starting fast, slowing down, then speeding up again, lasting for a few hours). Finally, grilling is done over direct dry heat, usually over a hot fire (i.e., over 500 °F (260 °C)) for a short time (minutes). Grilling may be done over wood, charcoal, gas (natural gas or propane), or electricity.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)-


S & R*NEWS ALERT* #1:Always have an indoor option with a backyard barbecue

“An unexpected thunderstorm can certainly dampen plans for an evening under the stars. If you’re planning to host friends and family at a backyard barbecue this summer, don’t forget to have a back-up plan that keeps guests out of the rain.

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, David Watson from Netflix suggests the following tips for keeping guests entertained indoors by hosting a movie night fit for the whole family:

Bring outdoor furniture in. This will ensure you have enough seating space for all of your guests. Keeps the furniture out of the rain and makes sure your guests are comfortable.

Turn barbecuing into baking. Simply turn on the oven and bake the food that you were planning to grill. Serve everything family style for easy snacking.

Take it to a vote. A streaming service like Netflix has become really popular and it will give your guests thousands of movie or TV show selections. Appoint someone as navigator to search for the movie by genre, title, or action superstar, and give the group the option to vote on their favourite. There is also a specialized ‘Just for Kids’ section that offers tons of family-friendly titles.

Pause for play. Every movie has a catchy phrase or an amazing action sequence. Pause the movie and get guests in on the action by role playing scenes from the movie. It’s a great way to avoid getting restless as the evening progresses.

No need to let a little rain ruin your evening with friends and family. Instead, pull up your favourite chair and enjoy the movie.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Top 10 smoking tips on the grill

“From Weber’s Smoke cookbook written by New York Times best-selling author Jamie Purviance take a look at the 10 secrets to infusing rich, smoky flavours into almost any dish and with any barbecue, from a traditional smoker, a

1. Start early.

Many of the flavour compounds in smoke are fat and water soluble, which means that whatever you are cooking will absorb smoky flavors best when it is raw. As the surface cooks and dries out, the smoke does not penetrate as well.

2. Go low and slow (most of the time).

Real barbecue is cooked slowly over low, indirect heat with wood smoke because that’s a traditional way to make sinewy meats so moist and tender that you hardly need teeth. But don’t miss easy opportunities for adding sweet wood aromas to foods that are grilled over a hot fire for just minutes, like steaks, shrimp, and even vegetables.

3. Regulate the heat with a water pan.

Big fluctuations in smoking temperatures can tighten and dry out foods. Whenever you cook for longer than an hour with charcoal, use a pan of water to help stabilize the heat and add some humidity. Obviously a water smoker already has one, but for a charcoal grill, use a large disposable foil pan, and don’t forget to refill it.

4. Don’t overdo it.

The biggest mistake rookies make is adding too much wood, chunk after chunk, to the point where the food tastes bitter. In general, you should smoke food for no longer than half its cooking time. Also, the smoke should flow like a gentle stream, not like it is billowing out of a train engine.

5. White smoke is good; black smoke is bad.

Clean streams of whitish smoke can layer your food with the intoxicating scents of smoldering wood. But if your fire lacks enough ventilation, or your food is directly over the fire and the juices are burning, blackish smoke can taint your food or lead to unpleasant surprises when you lift the lid.

6. Keep the air moving.

Keep the vents on your charcoal grill open, and position the vent on the lid on the side opposite the coals. The open vents will draw smoke from the charcoal and wood below so that it swirls over your food and out the top properly, giving you the best ventilation and the cleanest smoke. If the fire gets too hot, close the top vent almost all the way.

7. Don’t go golfing.

Smoking is a relatively low-maintenance way of cooking but remain mindful and be safe. Never leave a lit fire unattended, and check the temperature every hour or so. You might need to adjust the vents or add more charcoal.

8. Try not to peek.

Every time you open a grill, you lose heat and smoke two of the most important elements for making a great meal. Open the lid only when you really need to tend to the fire, the water pan, or the food. Ideally take care of them all at once and quickly. Otherwise, relax and keep a lid on it.

9. Let the bark get dark.

When smoked properly, ribs and large chunks of beef and pork should be enveloped in a dark mahogany, borderline black crust called bark. This bark is the consequence of fat and spices sizzling with smoke on the surface of the meat developing into a caramelized crust. So before you take your dinner off the grill or wrap it in foil, make sure you’ve waited long enough for the delicious, dark bark to develop.

10. Feature the star attraction.

The main ingredient in any smoked recipe is like the lead singer in a rock-and-roll band. Every other flavor should play a supporting role. In other words, don’t upstage something inherently delicious with a potent marinade, heavy-handed seasonings, or thick coats of sauce. Harmonizing flavors in ways that feature the main ingredient is what separates the masters from the masses.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #3: Summer is Served!

“Dust off your barbecue and serve up summer BBQ style! After a long cold winter we look forward to one of summer’s most simple pleasures cooking on the grill. Prepare for the season with these five foolproof tips from Chef Tom Filippou, Executive Chef for President’s Choice Cooking Schools:

1.         Get equipped with the right tools:

Long handled steel brush to clean the grill

Long handled tongs for flipping

Long handled basting brush

Spray water bottle to dampen hot flames

2.         Get those perfect grill marks on your meat by generously oiling the grill before cooking. You can use a clean rag soaked with cooking oil or even a piece of beef or bacon fat.

3.         To keep meat juicy, add salt right before you put your meat on the grill.

4.         Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness to ensure your meat is properly cooked without cutting.

5.         Do not prick, pierce or stab meat while grilling. Instead, use tongs with a long handle to flip the meat. This will help maintain the natural juices and tenderness.”

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Posted by on July 23rd, 2012 15 Comments

BRIDAL / BABY SHOWER – I have thoughts about etiquette and some ideas: themes, games, gifts, etc.*

TITLE:  “BRIDAL/BABY SHOWER – I have thoughts about etiquette and some ideas: themes, games, gifts, etc.*”

Vol. 3, No.13, Monday, July 16th, 2012  


I recently went to a baby shower.  It got me thinking about showers  … not the rain kind … instead of the marriage and baby kind. Now, that’s a real girl thing, isn’t it?  Therefore, this week I would like to talk abut wedding/baby showers.  My book of of the week is “Bridal and Baby Showers:  Surefire Recipes and Exciting Menus for a Flawless Party!” [Hardcover] Rick Rodgers (Author), Robbin Gourley (Illustrator).  (Editor’s Note:  This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)

PREVIEW (Monday, July 23rd 2012):  FOODIES ALERT! Now that it’s grilling season, I will turn to the Wide … Wide World of BBQ.  It’s a cooking appliance. It’s also a type of food. It’s even an excuse for a party. Nowadays, many people are getting grilled. “I say: Don’t get cooked-up. Instead, get up at a cook out.” (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on homemakers: homes and garden.)

PREVIEW (Monday, August 6th 2012): I will return to the romance theme. I am hearing a lot about Fifty Shades of Grey by T.L. James. I say: “Now, that’s a VERY spicy  meat ball!” I want to add my two cents to the discussion. (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.)


My marriage: When I was getting married, I wasn’t given a bridal shower – my mother was against it.  She said (roughly translated from Italian): “We don’t have to beg for household stuff.” As far as my mother was concerned, since she had bought me an extensive trousseau,  we therefore did NOT need anything from anyone. But later, when I was expecting a baby the first time, my sister-in-law organized a baby shower.  It was wonderful. 

My eldest daughter’s marriage: When my first daughter got married, my second daughter, who was the maid-of-honor, organized a bridal shower.  We had over fifty women, so we booked a small reception hall.  We ordered our menu and hired a D.J. to host the party.  Close family and I brought in baked goods and had a very impressive sweet table.  The D.J. was great – he had many games and kept the ladies entertained.  The men were invited at the end of the party to have some sweets and coffee with us.  My daughter and I worked hard to organize it and made sure that everything went without a hitch.  Oh and don’t forget the lacy shower umbrella for the bride-to-be. THIS IS THE SYMBOL FOR A BRIDAL SHOWER. I can still see when my daughter was given a beautiful white lacy umbrella as she entered the hall by her maid of honor. What a memory! 

My eldest daughter’s pregnancy: When my daughter was expecting her first baby, my second daughter, who was the godmother-to-be, and I organized a baby shower.  This time, we reserved a restaurant with a pre-set menu.  We again had a big crowd.  This shower was easier than the bridal shower.  Our mother-to-be was surprised and happy with all the wonderful gifts for the baby.

Shower horror story: One shower that I attended does stand out. A thirty something lady walked in and started arguing with another young woman with whom she had a long- standing dispute. At the time, they were not talking. It got so bad at the shower that the mother-of-the-bride asked this person to leave and even escorted her out before it was over. It was uncomfortable for everyone to watch this play out. It also put somewhat of a damper on the event. 

THE AUTHOR: Rick Rodgers (Author), Robbin Gourley (Illustrator) Rick Rodgers (

Rodgers is a NYC cooking teacher – his classes always sell out.  He is an award winner: the distinguished Bon Appetit Food and Entertaining Award for Outstanding Cooking Teacher. Rodgers is also a food writer, cookbook author, freelance cookbook editor, speaker at many seminars/festivals and a media personality He has made TV guest appearances on such programs as: Today, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, Cooking Live with Sara Moulton, Food Network Challenge, etc. This is a man who really loves good food.  His sense of humor also comes through. 

Robbin Gourley

Gourley is an author and an illustrator of children’s books. 



Rick Rodgers

Here are some – to name a few:


Robbin Gourley

Here are some – to name a few:

  • Bring Me Some Apples
  • I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis and Mermaids (Magic of the Ocean). 

THE BOOK: Bridal and Baby Showers: Surefire Recipes and Exciting Menus for a Flawless Party! [Hardcover] by Rick Rodgers (Author), Robbin Gourley (Illustrator)

This book is about a ladies lunch or afternoon tea party for one lucky woman on the occasion of her bridal/baby shower.  It is in house rather than at-a-hall. While the food is somewhat “hooty- tooty” gourmet, the book has some down-to-earth suggestions. The careful, detailed instructions help even a beginner hostess organize the perfect baby shower.  And picture perfect illustrations show how it all should look. The book is an aid. Everything helps!


A (bridal/baby) shower is to help a young couple get started in their life together or as parents-to-be.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That it’s not only a nice gesture to give a bridal or baby shower. It’s important to recognize: (a) That two young people getting married need to put a household together and the bridal shower gifts are a big help; (b) That when these young people are having their first baby, many items are needed for the baby.  A baby shower helps the couple with the expense.
  • That while the bridal shower may be more elaborate, the baby shower can be less so. 
  • That today, most people I know give a shower for their loved ones.  It’s very common.  
  • That a bridal or baby shower is pure joy to share with those close and dear. It’s a moment that will be treasured for a lifetime!
  • That it’s proper etiquette to ask the future in-laws or grandparents to be involved.  I recommend that you give them the option.

The Point

Organizing a bridal/baby shower is worth the effort. Do it!


Bridal/Baby Shower:


1.      Write up anticipated contributions from guests in order to establish a budget.

2.      Pick a venue for the shower. It could be at a private home or a hall/restaurant.  

3.      Choose a menu for the shower. At home, it could be party sandwiches and salads with fruit and cakes plus coffee and tea. In a restaurant/hall, it could be a several course pre-set menu.

4.      Set the theme for the shower. It could be a cooking bridal shower; and guests will bring gifts for cooking. Or it could be a tea party shower;  and guests will bring gifts for entertaining. (Personally, I don’t believe in having a theme.) 

5.      Compile a guest list. Forget a formal pre-set seating plan – there is a time and place and this is not one of them!)

6.      Decide if men are to be included/invited.

7.     Select type and style of invitations – mail at least 1 ½ months before.

8.      Hire a D.J. or bring with a CD stereo.

9.      Determine the party games to play.

10.  Organize a sweet table for the party.

11.  Buy the “bombonieres” to be given to all attendees – in Italian families, these are gifts usually a dish, statue or kitchen utensil, etc. 

12.  Make sure the bride/mother-to-be has a registry.

13. Buy a gift. For a bridal shower, it could be: crystal or household appliances. For a baby shower, it could be: infant clothing or baby items.


1.      Put up decorations: streamers, balloons, etc.

2.     Remember the lacy shower umbrella for the bridal shower.

3.     Write up a list of gifts received – it is useful when preparing “thank you” notes.

4.     Write out handwritten “thank you” notes; and if possible, send them out no later than one month afterwards.

 A bridal/baby shower is no time and place to sing in the rain. Quick pass me the lacy umbrella!

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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: Al Franken: Baby Shower

“After the birth of their first child, Al Franken and his wife Franny were invited to a baby shower hosted by the lovely Gilda Radner.

“My wife came with her sister first,” Franken later recalled, “and I was to bring the baby. My other sister-in-law came with me. So I got a doll the exact size of the baby and swaddled it – I told Franny I was going to do this – and there’s like thirty women, and I walk in and they’re all going like, ‘Ohhh… ahhhh,’ and I walk in and I hit the baby’s head on this piece of furniture and I go up in the air and I come down with everything – everything – going onto this doll, so that there is no way I didn’t kill the baby. And the screams, the screams!

“And then my sister-in-law Carla walks in with the real baby.” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Main Squeeze

“During the filming of her video for “Jenny From the Block” at L.A.’s Barefoot Bar & Grill in 2002, Jennifer Lopez reached over to Ben Affleck, shoved her hands inside his pants, and gave him a big squeeze. Affleck responded with a giant smile – as did several members of a nearby bridal shower party which had caught the grope on tape from the other side of the restaurant!” (Source: Anecdotage) –


“Prince Michael Golitsyn of Russia had taken an Italian Catholic wife, to the intense displeasure of Czarina Anna Ivanovna. Although the prince’s bride soon died, the czarina remained bent on punishing him. She had a vendetta against the prince and his family, who opposed her rule; she also had a vicious sense of humor.

“She ordered an ice palace built in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1739, completely outfitted with ice furnishings – dishes, toilets, tables, even a four poster ice bed. When all was finished, she selected the ugliest woman she could find to be the prince’s second bride and forced the couple to parade about town on an elephant before the wedding. Accompanying them was a procession of freaks.

“The procession made its way to the ice palace, where ‘the Bridal Pair of Fools’ were stripped and sent to their icy nuptial chamber. Then all exits were sealed. The couple survived the frigid night, and nine months later, the prince’s wife gave birth to twins.” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: Han Suyin [Elizabeth Comber]

“…love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Mark Twain

“Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #3: Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “bridal shower”; “baby shower”; “bridal registry”

Bridal Shower

“A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding.” (Source:

Baby Shower

“In some countries, a baby shower is a way to celebrate the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the parents at a party. The term “shower” is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts.  (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia –

Bridal Registry

“A bridal registry is a service provided by a website or retail store to assist engaged couples in the communication of gift preferences to wedding guests.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –


“The custom originated in the 1890s and is today most common in the United States, Canada, and by North American influence, in Australia.

The history of the custom is rooted not necessarily for the provision of goods for the upcoming matrimonial home, but to provide goods and financial assistance to ensure the wedding may take place.

The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practices, when a poor woman’s family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.

Sociologists like Beth Montemurro write that the ritual of the bridal shower “socializes women into the hyper-feminized traditional wife role,” with its emphasis on the future role of the bride-to-be as family cook, homemaker, and sexual partner.[4] Historian Elisabeth Pleck echoes this dynamic in pointing out that traditional shower gifts were “for the bedroom or the kitchen.”[5] But this role is more of an homage to the mothers and grandmothers than a reflection of how the bride-to-be will actually behave in the marriage.

Traditionally, hosting the bridal shower falls to one or more close friends of the bride, often one or more of the bridesmaids. Mothers, sisters, and other close family members should not host bridal showers, as it is rude and greedy for the family to ask for gifts for their own members.[8][9] Instead, the Maid/Matron of honor, Bridesmaids, close friends and even future in-laws, who wish to celebrate the upcoming wedding may host a bridesmaids’ luncheon, engagement announcement party, or other non-gift-oriented party. Some organizations, such as social clubs or religious groups, host bridal showers for every member who is being married.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –

Traditionally, baby showers were given only for the family’s first child, and only women were invited. The original intent was for women to share wisdom and lessons on the art of becoming a mother.[citation

According to etiquette authority Miss Manners, because the party centers on gift-giving, the baby shower is typically arranged and hosted by a close friend rather than a member of the family, since it is considered rude for families to beg for gifts on behalf of their members.[1]

Baby showers and other social events to celebrate the impending or recent birth are popular around the world. They are commonly “women-only” social gatherings. (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) -

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:
Adding sparkle to a baby sprinkle

“(Summer is prime time for baby showers. According to Statistics Canada, July, August and September all rank in the top five most popular birth months, which means that many expectant mothers will soon be celebrated by their nearest and dearest.

While the centuries-old tradition of honouring mothers-to-be shows no signs of stopping, many women are now opting for smaller-scale festivities, also known as baby sprinkles. Guests are invited to a casual celebration where they sprinkle the expectant mother with simple gifts like diapers, clothing and books. Games are often abandoned in favour of light-hearted conversations about parenting, and in a nod to modern times, the guest list can go beyond close family and friends to include co-workers, neighbours and other friendly acquaintances.

Once reserved for a couple’s second or third child, baby sprinkles are becoming a popular option for budget-conscious Canadians taking a more frugal approach when preparing for their family’s new addition. And, experts like Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of crafting and décor company Stampin’ Up!, note that making even the most casual sprinkle special for the mother-to-be can be easy and fun.

Adding a personal touch to a baby sprinkle makes the event meaningful and memorable, says Gardner. With just a little creativity, you can customize every stage of the event, from invitations and décor to favors and thank-yous, to match the mother-to-be’s personal taste and style.

As baby sprinkles grow in popularity, now is a great time to get inspired. Gardner’s suggestions include:

Creative handmade invitations: Get the event off to the perfect start by foregoing pre-printed boxed invitations in favour of decorative handmade cards that will also be a keepsake for guests. Select and colour-print a favourite photo of the mother-to-be, and paste it onto folded colour cardstock or Designer Series Paper. Embellish with some themed accents, such as teddy bears and mobiles (Stampin’ Up! offers a popular Little Additions stamp set; see for details).

Personalized sweet treats: Add a special touch to home-made cookies and other snacks. For example, try decorating cookies with fun cookie stamps. Stampin’ Up!’s sweet-pressed cookie-stamps come in an array images including stars, gifts, flowers, doilies and hearts. This will add a memorable touch to your sweet bites.

Don’t send guests home empty-handed: Show your appreciation with a tasty party favour. Package coloured candies in a miniature paper box, which you can embellish yourself using Baby Tees stamps as cut-out shapes printed on paper with delicate patterns.

There simply is no better way to celebrate the arrival a newborn than with simple crafts and hand-made party favours that represent the personality and character of expecting parents.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Wedding favours that last By Melissa Wallace

“Edible bonbonnières are always a popular wedding favour at receptions. In fact, sometimes that beautifully wrapped bag of candy coated almonds or chocolates are eaten on the spot, depending on what time dinner is served.

Meanwhile, bonbonnières of the non-edible variety sometimes consist of little trinkets and heart-shaped keychains that you never use. Instead, you add it to the collection you’ve accumulated on a dusty shelf, along with other items you never touch.

This time, it’s your turn to get hitched, and you and your spouse-to-be are wondering if wedding favours are really worth the cost.

Instead, as a meaningful gift that will show appreciation to your guests and have a lasting impact, consider making a charitable donation in their honour. For example, Organizations like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada have an online gift catalogue where you can purchase fruit trees, clean water wells, insecticide-treated malaria nets, and medical supplies for a clinic in developing countries. As you and your spouse-to-be happily start your lives together, take pride in making life a little easier for others around the world who are in need.”

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Vol. 3, No.12, Monday, July 9th, 2012 



In my province, young people are protesting about the increase in the cost of higher  education.  It got me to think about the importance of a higher education.  This week, my topic is going to college. My book of the week is “Does Quality Pay?: Benefits of Attending a High-Cost, Prestigious College” [Hardcover] Liang Zhang (Author) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on parenting and education.)

PREVIEW (now set for July 16th 2012):  I will next turn to the romance theme next week … well sort of. I will write about showers … not the rain kind – instead of the marriage and baby kind. Now, that’s a real girl thing, isn’t it? (Editor’s Note: Oops, sorry for the resceduling.  This is another post in a continuing series on dating, relationships and marriage.) 


My parents didn’t have the opportunity for higher studies.  Regardless, they did very well, but they worked hard in physical jobs. 

Childhood: My siblings and I did better.  My parents were in a position to pay the costs of education for us.  It was easier as our colleges and universities are very affordable. 

Motherhood: When it came to my daughters, university was not an option, but rather the rule.  It was very important for me that each of my daughters get a degree. We gladly paid the fees and the books. We had planned ahead and had an education plan.

Grandparenthood: At present, my granddaughter, 3 years old, is in a pre-school and loving it. When it comes to my grandchildren, an educational plan has already been bought for them.  Hopefully they’ll aspire to higher education. 

By the way, a few years ago, I took a computer program course.  One day, I complained to the teacher that when I asked some people in my office to help me with the program, I was given the runaround.  She answered that knowledge is power and by having that knowledge they felt they had the power over me. It was a real eye opener.

THE AUTHOR: Liang Zhang

Zhang Ling (Chinese: 张翎) is a senior audiologist and fiction writer in Canada. Born in Wenzhou, China, she came to Canada in 1986 to pursue her MA in English at University of Calgary. She obtained her second MA degree in Communication disorders at the University of Cincinnati. She has published three novels, and two collections of short stories (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –

Several are:



THE BOOK: Does Quality Pay?: Benefits of Attending a High-Cost, Prestigious College [Hardcover] Liang Zhang (Author)

According to prior research, attending high-quality college, shows a very small although statistically significant economic benefit.  It was surprising as student college selection and social theories seem to tell a different story. The explanation appeared when expanding from examining only the economic benefit to considering other student outcomes including job satisfaction and graduate degree accomplishment.


Going to college is a good thing.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That education is very important in every aspect of life; it’s knowledge and knowledge is power.
  • That education:  (a) Can give you a better quality of life; (b)  Increases your earning potential; (c) Opens many doors in your career – opportunities.
  • That while informal learning never stops, higher education should be the rule not an option.
  • That I feel fortunate that I live in a country where education is relatively inexpensive. But wherever, you reside, it’s never too early to start planning for a child’s schooling after high school.
  • That with the cost of education rising, it is expedient to try to save more than the current cost of college.
  • That it is a terrific idea to open an educational plan by the time the child is a year old.  Not only is it easier to pay for an education, but it is also an incentive for the child to go on to university.
  • That one will meet many different people in university while getting an education.
  • That a person should never stop learning.

 The Point

I encourage everyone, if possible,  to attend college and once there don’t just coast, study hard and enjoy the experience. 


Every parent should:

  1. Make sure you’re prepared by the time your children are ready to go to higher studies.
  2. Buy an educational plan.
  3. Encourage your child to find his-her strength and go to university to earn a degree in it.

Speaking for all parents out there (of college age kids), please pass me the beer. I think that you should try to concentrate. But I don’t!  

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“In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University.”

“Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, ‘Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship.” (Source: Anecdotage) –


“One day shortly after his retirement from the University of Chicago, Robert Hutchins was pointedly asked whether communism was still being taught at the university. “Yes,” Hutchins drily replied, “and cancer at the medical school.”  (Source: Anecdotage) –


“Dr. Joseph Bell (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical school mentor and the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes) customarily subjected each new class to a curious test: holding a jar of liquid, he would explain that it contained a potent drug with a very bitter taste. “We might easily analyze this chemically,” he would say, “but I want you to test it by smell and taste and, as I don’t ask anything of my students which I wouldn’t be willing to do myself, I will taste it before passing it around.” The students would watch uncomfortably as Bell dipped a finger into the liquid, put his hand to his lips, and sucked it. With a grimace, he would then pass the jar around the class for each student to follow his example. The experiment over, Dr. Bell would make an announcement.” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: Oscar Wilde

“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

S & R* QUOTE #2: Remez Sasson

“The difference between can and cannot is only three letters. Three letters that can shape your life’s direction. ” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

 S & R* QUOTE #3: Alice Miller

 “Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “education”; “tuition payments”


“Education in its broadest, general sense is the means through which the aims and habits of a group of people lives on from one generation to the next.[1] (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –

Tuition Payments

“Tuition payments, known primarily as tuition in American English[citation needed] and as tuition fees in British English, Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Indian English[citation needed], refers to a fee charged for educational instruction during higher education.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) –


“Tuition payments, known primarily as tuition in American English[citation needed] and as tuition fees in British English, Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English and Indian English[citation needed], refers to a fee charged for educational instruction during higher education.

Tuition payments are charged by educational institutions in some countries to assist with funding of staff and faculty, course offerings, lab equipment, computer systems, libraries, facility upkeep and to provide a comfortable student learning experience.

Nearly 84% of college students (American) need financial aid to help pay for the rising tuition prices that are taking place all across the nation. Some 50% of those rely almost fully on aid of some kind.” (Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia) -

“In 2009, more than 4 out of 5 (85 per­cent) adults aged 25 and over reported having at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, while over 1 in 4 (28 percent) reported a bachelor’s degree or higher. This reflects more than a three-fold increase in high school attainment and more than a five-fold increase in college attainment since the Census Bureau first collected edu­cational attainment data in 1940.2

A larger proportion of women than men had completed high school or more education.3 A larger propor­tion of men had received at least a bachelor’s degree. However, because women 25 years old and over outnum­ber men aged 25 and over, the number of women with bachelor’s degrees is larger than the number of men with these degrees. Among people aged25 to 34, the percentage of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 35 percent compared with 27 percent of men.” (Source: U.S. Census Bureau) –

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:
Health care colleges boost public confidence

“To ensure your well-being, you count on capable treatment from your health care professionals. But what assurance do we get for their performance? For this, the public can rely on their colleges not the type where you get a degree, but Ontario’s 26 health regulatory colleges.

Together, these colleges govern almost 260,000 regulated health professionals, from doctors to dentists, midwives to massage therapists. The colleges are legally responsible for ensuring their members meet the standards for education, conduct and practice and participate in a quality assurance program. As well, all colleges have the duty to respond to public concerns about treatment.

Health colleges exist to protect the public, says Linda Gough, president of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO). The goal is to ensure that the regulated health professionals in Ontario have the knowledge, skill and judgment to provide safe, competent, and ethical health care to their patients.

This happens in several ways. First, each college confirms that their professionals meet all required training and educational standards. Only members of the colleges in good standing can practice as a regulated health care professional and use a professional title.

Each college establishes guidelines for conduct and practice, and holds members accountable. To enhance the skills and knowledge of health care professionals, the colleges also administer quality assurance programs. Regulated health care professionals must continually improve their practice, which means a better level of care for the public, Gough says.

If you ever have an issue with your care, the regulated health care professions alone, through their colleges, have a formal process to address concerns and complaints.

Recently in Ontario, several new categories of health care providers have come under the umbrella of regulated professionals, including homeopaths, naturopaths, kinesiologists, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists, and registered psychotherapists and registered mental health therapists.

Once these new colleges are registering members, patients can be assured that these providers will be held to the same high standards as Ontario’s other regulated health care professionals, states Gough.

For a list of Ontario’s regulated health professions, see FHRCO’s website links to the websites of all the colleges, where you can learn about their practices, discover their complaints process, and search a public register to confirm that you’re dealing with a regulated professional.

Because the colleges always act in the public’s interests first, people can have confidence in the standards of the profession and the quality of their regulated health care professional, says Gough.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Prevent accidents on the water through education

“Although Canadian boaters are now mandated to carry a pleasure craft operator card (PCOC), it is estimated that nearly four million boaters still need to obtain one according to a new study by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Commonly known as a boating license, the PCOC is required by law for operators of pleasure crafts in Canada, regardless of age, size of boat or engine horsepower. All boaters caught without the PCOC could face a minimum fine of $250.

In Canada each year, it is estimated that more than 100 boating fatalities and 6,000 non-fatal injuries occur as a result of accidents on the water.

According to BoatSmart, a leading educator in boating safety, the majority of these incidents can be avoided, by:

Always wearing a personal floatation device (PFD);

Never drinking and boating;

Being aware of surroundings at all times, including markers, buoys, shorelines and other boaters; and

Keeping the proper equipment in the boat in case of an emergency.

Boating should be fun, says Cameron Taylor, president of BoatSmart in Canada. Being educated can truly make a difference in avoiding tragedies. In fact, up to 86 per cent of boating fatalities could be avoided just by wearing a personal floatation device.

The multiple-choice exam is available online at, or at participating Canadian Tire locations across the country. The card is good for life.”

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