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  1. 1. YOUR GUIDE TO HOME AND LIFE IMPROVEMENT LateSpring2016|CentralEdition PEN POINT! How to deal with prejudice COOK! Osso Buco: Italian comfort food at its best DECORATE! Bring Tuscan style to your backyard ORGANIZE! Lose weight by decluttering ateSpg06|Cetadto homedigest.ca NEW FABRICS THAT DRESS UP YOUR HOME W FABRICS SS inspiring
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  4. 4. 4 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 Cover image: Lisa5201, iStockphoto.com HOMEdigestVol. 22, No. 3 IN A SUMMER MOOD Can you believe it’s not summer yet? Despite the many warm days we’ve had over the past several weeks, the vacation season officially won’t start until June 20. In this issue, we try to help you plan for the warmer months ahead. Canadian designer Debbie Travis shows you how to bring some Tuscan style to your backyard for relaxing entertaining. Maintaining that Italian theme, our recipe this month lets you make a beautiful Osso Buco that’s both decadent and simple. If you’re feeling stuffed after that, you’ll want to check out research that’s the basis for our Getting Organized column. Yes, some people can lose weight simply by decluttering! To wrap up, our Pen Point column offers helpful advice on dealing with people’s prejudices. It’s all great reading that’ll carry you through to summer. Kelly Duncanson, Publisher Publisher Kelly L. Duncanson Editor Bill Roebuck Art Director Barbara Burrows Food Editor Roslyn Ralph Contributors Hellen Buttigieg Jim Campbell Linda Mazur V.P. Sales and Marketing Kelly L. Duncanson Advertising Sales Rebecca Middleton Administration Kimberlee A. Robinson Proofreader Peter Stanbridge Ad Design/Prepress Harris Media This edition of HOMEdigest is published six times a year. All rights reserved. HOMEdigest reaches over 5 million homes per year in Southern Ontario. HOMEdigest International Ltd. A division of KLR Media Concepts Inc. www.homedigest.ca Business and Advertising 224 Wilcroft Court, Pickering, ON L1V 6N5 Tel.: 905-509-9900 E-mail: home_digest@rogers.com Editorial Inquiries: E-mail: homedigesteditor@sympatico.ca Copyright © 2016. Contents may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever without written permission of the publisher. 10 6 contents|LATESPRING2016 DOWNLOAD OUR APPEstablished 1995 ISSN 1208-557X 20 6 PEN POINT | How to deal with prejudice. 8 HEALTHY EATING | Osso Buco: The epitome of Italian comfort food is easy to make at home. 10 HOME DECOR | Inspiring new fabrics will dress up your home. 14 GETTING ORGANIZED | Surveys show you can lose weight by decluttering. 20 OUTDOOR LIVING | Bring Tuscan style to your backyard with Debbie Travis. 21 OUT & ABOUT | Summer in Ontario means it’s ribfest season.
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  6. 6. 6 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 pen point | by JIM CAMPBELL Herodotus’ history of the ancient world. I don’t recall much about the rest of the lecture, but I remember that letter from Yorkshire as an important observation about life in a time like ours, when there is so much talk about narrow-mindedness, prejudice and political correctness. Could it be that some things deemed to be prejudicial may not be based on fear or the rejection of strangers? How can it be wrong to enjoy the company of those with whom we share common stories and experiences – memories of the songs, stories and struggles, the laughter, the fears and frustrations faced together? It seems we need to think clearly about the way natural processes work in our lives and minds. Also, many years ago, I had a dim view of the Swiss! It was because of Hans, the first Swiss I got to know. We worked together Everyone, from every part of the human family, connects most easily with people who have shared their life’s journey. No one should feel guilty about that. IllustrationforHOMEdigestbyRuiRamalheiro DEALING WITH PREJUDICE A t a summer school at Oxford, our professor wandered off topic. He told us of a letter he received that morning from a newly retired colleague and his wife, who were now living in their dream cottage on the Yorkshire downs. The letter was an invitation, actually a heartfelt plea, for the professor and his wife to come up for a visit. The letter said they missed PLUs – that’s People Like Us. Their neighbours on the downs were lovely people – friendly, kind, generous, always ready to help if they could – but the couple from Oxford could make no contribution to their important conversa- tions about sheep, horses, working dogs and crop rotation, or to their valuable rural skills and traditions. They yearned to be with PLUs, to converse about history and philosophy, about art and culture, about existentialism or the latest translation of
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  8. 8. 8 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 healthy eating | Ingredients 4 veal shanks (bone in), 1 to 1-1/2 inches/ 2.5 to 4 cm thick (about 3 lb/1.4 kg total) 2 Tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour Salt and pepper 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 clove garlic, minced PREPARATION TIME: 20 to 30 minutes COOKING TIME: 3 hours in an oven or 6 to 8 hours in a slow cooker SERVES: 4 NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION 1 Serving PROTEIN: 37 grams | FAT: 11 grams | CARBOHYDRATES: 20 grams | CALORIES: 324 | FIBRE: 3 grams | SODIUM: 750 mg PR CA Recipeandphoto:FoodlandOntario. Comfort foodAT ITS BESTYou don’t have to visit an Italian restaurant to savour an excellent Osso Buco. This recipe can be made at home easily in your oven or slow cooker. Osso Bucois the epitome of comfort food. Less-tender veal shanks are simmered in a richly flavoured tomato sauce until tender and succulent. It can be made in an oven or a slow cooker. It is traditionally garnished with gremolata, a mixture of lemon rind, parsley and garlic. Serve over mashed potatoes or risotto to add to your comfort-food therapy.
  9. 9. Late Spring 2016 | HOMEdigest | 9 Cover and bake in 325°F (160°C) oven for 2 hours or until veal is tender, turning meat over partway through. Transfer meat to warm plates. Put pan over high heat and cook to thicken and reduce sauce, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Spoon sauce over meat. Gremolata instructions Combine lemon rind, parsley and garlic; sprinkle over each serving. Slow cooker instructions Prepare as above, using 1/2 cup (125 mL) broth, as there is less evaporation in a slow cooker. Transfer meat, then sauce, into slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender. To thicken sauce, pour sauce mixture into skillet or wide saucepan (leave veal in unplugged slow cooker to stay warm) and boil over high heat until reduced and thickened. Spoon over meat. Prepare gremolata and serve as above. b 1 cup (250 mL) chicken broth 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) stewed or chunky tomatoes 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) each dried marjoram, basil and oregano Gremolata ingredients Finely grated rind of small lemon 3 Tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh parsley leaves 1 clove garlic, minced Instructions Dust veal shanks with flour; season each with pinch of salt and pepper. In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown veal on both sides. Transfer to plate. Stir onion, carrots and garlic into pan, adding a little more oil if needed. Cook until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to boil, stirring up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in tomatoes, marjoram, basil, oregano and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper; bring to simmer. Return veal shanks to pan, spooning sauce over meat.
  10. 10. home decor | by LINDA MAZUR his year, we have been seeing many amazing fabrics becoming available that are full of colour and lushness, and which have incredible patterns. The designs make the fabrics inspirational, and they can be one of the best places to start when you’re looking at designing a room. But there’s more to fabric than just pretty colours and impactful patterns. There are many aspects associated with fabrics that should be considered, including durability, care, pattern intricacy, the hang of a fabric and,of course, colour. The durability of a particular fabric is determined by its ‘double-rub count’. Fabrics are tested for the number of times a machine can pass back and forth over the fabric before it wears down. Personally, I tend to stay away from lower rub counts for residential use and, to be safe, will not have any often-used upholstery in a fabric rated 9,000 to 12,000 double- rubs. However, I would suggest such fabrics for a low- usage piece of furniture, such as an occasional chair. Domestic fabrics are often rated at 25,000 double-rubs; commercial fabrics can be more than 100,000. If you want high-performance fabrics that are anti-microbial and stain- and moisture-resistant, look FABRICS » pg 12 10 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 Choosing fabrics to dress up your home is about more than colour and pattern.
  12. 12. home decor | continued from page 10 12 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 for something called Crypton or Nano-tex plus DuraBlock. These fabrics are beyond forgiving and are fantastic for high-traffic homes, especially those with kids and pets. One of my go-to fabric suppliers is Robert Allen Design, which produces inspiring and decadent new fabric designs saturated with colours that never fail to impress. As important as durability is in your fabric selection, equally important is pattern intricacy and colour. As a designer, I love mixing colours and patterns. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the fabrics you have selected need to be relevant for their intended use. You may fall in love with a particular fabric, but the scale and pattern repeat may not be the best choice for upholstering, for example, a diamond-tufted sofa. Keep this in mind when you are customizing your furniture. Photo:www.robertallendesign.com
  13. 13. Late Spring 2016 | HOMEdigest | 13 With so much available to select from, be bold in your choice of fabrics for your home. If you find a pattern you adore, but are a bit hesitant to use it generously throughout your home, then try it on some toss cushions or perhaps an ottoman. Furniture fabrics and custom draperies can be a costly purchase, so be sure to select wisely. I like to recommend patterns that are timeless to enhance the longevity Linda Mazur is the principal designer of Linda Mazur Design Group.With over a decade of experience,this multi-disciplinary interior design firm provides innovative interior renovations and full-scale build projects.The firm servicesToronto,the GTA and surrounding areas. For details,visit www.lindamazurdesign.com. of the investment, and they can easily be punched up by choosing trending colours, or they can be mated with other patterns for a bit of fun. Fabrics can and will enhance the design of your home. From toiles, stripes and florals to ikats and jacquards, there are so many different patterns, scales and colours that can be mixed together beautifully to complement your room and add that designer touch. Just remember to keep a common element throughout and watch your home come alive. b Do Not Pay for up to 24 Months OAC* CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE IN-HOME DESIGN CONSULTATION 416-741-9367 1-877-6ALLURE *Min. order $999 before tax, 1 coupon per household, valid at 1st appointment only, must be presented at time of purchase.. Offer expires July 31, 2016 Promo Code: home digest ALLUREDECOR.CA Check out our reviews at Your order with this ad
  14. 14. 14 | HOMEdigest | Late Spring 2016 » pg 17 getting organizedgetting organized || by HELLEN BUTTIGIEG M arcia was a homeowner whose house received a makeover on a TV show I hosted, ‘neat’. My team and I helped her declutter and get organized. About a year later, a woman in the back row at one of my speaking events put her hand up during the question and answer period. “Remember me?” she asked. “I’m Marcia from the show.” (Marcia is an alias.) Photo:AVAVA,iStockphoto.com Now, I’m pretty good with faces – especially when I spend a couple of days in a person’s home, sorting through their precious things. But the reason I didn’t recognize her immediately was she had transformed. She told me that the weight she had been struggling to lose for years had practically melted off after we helped her tidy her home. She had lost about 60 pounds! declutteringbyb Research shows there is a connection between overstuffed homes and overstuffed bodies.
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  17. 17. Late Spring 2016 | HOMEdigest | 17 getting organized | continued from page 14 Offer valid only with coupon. One coupon per customer. Limited quantity of free fans available. At that time, I wondered if there was a connection between overstuffed homes and overstuffed bodies. My clients often say they ‘feel lighter’after the clutter is gone, but I wondered if it was possible that they could become physically lighter as well. A few years after that fleeting thought, I noticed that organizing books were being published that described the connection between clutter and weight. These included Peter Walsh’s Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? and Dorothy Breininger’s Stuff Your Face Or Face Your Stuff. Both authors are highly regarded experts in the field of organizing. Just recently, I was excited to discover a new study (conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and published in Environment and Behavior) that researched how our home environments affect weight. Among the findings was that people eat fewer calories after their home is tidied up. The researchers put one group of women in a messy, noisy kitchen and another group in a clean, quiet kitchen. They put bowls of food in both settings. Those in the messy kitchen ate an average of 65 more calories in 10 minutes. “Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diets,” said Lenny Vartanian, PhD, the lead author of the research. “It seems to lead people to think, ‘Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn’t I be?’” Messy, chaotic environments create stress. We already know that people eat more when they are stressed. If you keep a more organized and less cluttered home, you’ll probably make better food choices, which will likely lead to a healthier weight. b Hellen Buttigieg, CPO, is a certified professional organizer, life coach, TV personality, author and speaker. For details, visit www.weorganizeu.com or call 905-829-2219.
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