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Better Together: #HandsOnCookoff

I am very excited and honoured to be asked to judge the Hands On Cookoff this year! Michael and I have been involved with this for the past few years, but we haven’t always been especially successful in creating our own entries. Oops.

The Hands on Cookoff is a contest sponsored by Better Together, which is an online community forum that is trying to encourage us to spend more time together in the kitchen. This is, as you can well imagine, a concept I can get behind!

Food and love go together for me. Food is a huge part of my social life. There are few things I love more than catching up with friends over a great meal–and it’s always fun to cook with people.

The Hands-on Cook-off contest is a way to raise awareness of the significant benefits of cooking and eating together, and inspire families to reap the associated benefits. Cooking and eating together is linked to many benefits for children, youth and families. These include better grades in school, better health, and overall social adaptability.

Food is bonding experience in our lives, and I think it’s really important that we teach our kids how to cook. It’s good for them to learn these kinds of skills–independence and life skills that will set them up for a much healthier lifestyle.

Here’s how to enter: get together with a friend or relative and create a home video cooking show three minutes long or less. Videos must include two or more generations or two youth preparing a recipe together, but you don’t have to be related to each other. The best video (judged by yours truly and TV personality and cook, Art Napoleon; Michelle Tang, Co-founder of Foodie Kids Inc.; Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen;and award-winning cooking instructor, Chef Heidi Fink) will win $1000!

Here are some more details:

  • The contest is open to anyone in BC.
  • Get your entries in by noon on May 18.
  • This year’s contest theme is celebrating and redefining “family”. Here in BC, family means something different to all of us and we’d like to see what it means to people around the province! Cooking together is a grounding and deeply bonding tradition for individuals, families, and for communities.
  • New this year – an Instagram component! People can enter through Instagram with a short video for a chance to win a $250 gift card! They must simply follow and tag @bettertogetherbc and include the hashtag #handsoncookoff. Videos must be one minute or less and feature two generations cooking together. One winner will be chosen by random draw.
  • For more info, or to enter, visit

S’mores Popcorn & Captain America: Civil War [Contest]

What happened to summer?

The kids are back at school, and I’ve already broken out my Hunters and long sleeved shirts.

As sad as I am to see summer go, there is a coziness to this time of the year as the leaves begin to turn and the temperatures go down.

It means comfort foods, and cozy evenings inside snuggled up on the couch catching up on movies.

smores popcorn

I have two things today to help you get into the spirit of fall. The first is a recipe for a movie snack that will knock your socks off. The second is a contest to win a copy of Captain America: Civil War and some fun Captain America swag and and movie snacks.

The contest is courtesy of Telus Optik TV; you must be an Optik subscriber to enter. You can actually see the movie 10 days before everyone else if you are an Optik subscriber.

The snacks? A classic summer campfire treat turned into a movie snack. Who doesn’t love the marshmallow/ graham cracker/ chocolate combo of a S’more? Well, it gets even better when you put it together with popcorn.

It’s everything; sweet, salty, crunchy, awesome.

Make a big batch, and curl up with your sweetie under the blanket and witness the epic battle between Captain America and Iron Man.

campfire smores popcorn the ultimate movie snack

S’mores Popcorn


  • 1/3 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 7 graham crackers


  1. Pop the popcorn using whatever method you like. I have an air popper.
  2. Once the popcorn is popped, dress it with 2 tbsp of melted butter and the salt and toss well. Toss in the marshmallows as well, and crush the graham crackers into smaller bits about the same size as the popcorn and with your hands and throw those in as well.
  3. Spread the popcorn out onto a large cookie sheet.
  4. Place the chocolate chips and 1 tbsp of butter in a microwave-safe dish and place it in the microwave. Microwave it at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until it’s smooth. Add a little more butter if needed–you want the chocolate to be drippable, but not too runny or it will never set.
  5. Drizzle the melted chocolate over your pan of popcorn. Allow to set, placing in the fridge if necessary. Once the chocolate has set, break it up, and place it back in a big bowl to serve.

captain america civil war telus optik tv

To Enter the Contest:

Comment below and tell me whose side you’re on; Captain America or Iron Man. Contest closes Sunday night (Sept 11).

For an additional entry, tweet:

Good luck!!


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