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  1. chrismorvan
    Jan 09, 2016 @ 12:57:25

    Hi Sharon,
    I love the concept of Vinny. How’s the book going? I’ve been thinking of doing one myself, maybe on Amazon. Why did you choose to do it the way you do it? You can contact me via Windingroadblog.com or chrismorvan@gmail.com.
    Chris

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  2. Anna
    Dec 01, 2013 @ 16:42:38

    Thanks for liking my post and sharing your opinion! Your blog is great!

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  3. .SplitPea. Edible Landscaping
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 18:02:13

    Thank you so much for liking my post! Great Blog you have got!

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  4. Riba
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 18:22:01

    I just popped in to say thank you, Vinny, for liking my recent post, “Manna from Heaven.” I always get a real kick out of this when it happens. πŸ™‚

    And look at you guys here with all your followers! It’s awesome.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Jun 11, 2012 @ 21:08:14

      I had only just heard of Mate tea, so I was particularly interested in your thoughts about it πŸ™‚

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      • Riba
        Jun 11, 2012 @ 21:39:33

        Oh! I adore yerba matΓ©. It is this incredible dark green color and feels like it is filled with life and vibrant health. And I love the buzz of it—much cleaner and more enjoyable than any other caffeine I know of. But I’m afraid I’m terribly addictive and can’t (yet?) seem to be moderate about drinking it, so I mostly don’t allow it. Still, it is the one “drug” I do let myself return to now and then. πŸ˜‰

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        • Vinny Grette
          Jun 11, 2012 @ 22:27:43

          I read recently that tea drinkers can reduce the caffeine by allowing the tea to steep for 30 seconds (when most of the caffeine is released), then pouring off the liquid and adding fresh water. Could be worth a try πŸ™‚

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          • Riba
            Jun 12, 2012 @ 14:57:10

            I posted this in the wrong place so am posting it again. This may be true for black tea, not sure. It is no good for me, Vinny. The tea is supposed to only steep about a minute, as I recall, and then there seems to be very little caffeine. But because I am an addict, I steep it for a long time. The caffeine is very strong then. πŸ™‚

          • Vinny Grette
            Jun 12, 2012 @ 19:12:56

            Sounds like a love hate relationship with caffeine. We all have our soft spots – I’m addicted to ice cream!!!

  5. Vinny Grette
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 11:56:47

    Blurb bookstore is no longer carrying readers’ comments. Here is a recap of a few comments from that site:

    Sharon has just started to talk to independent book stores. A recent comment:
    β€œThe book looks very professional and we would like a few copies for the store.” Curiosity House Books and Gallery, Creemore.
    posted at 09:20am Nov 14/11 PST

    β€œI got them!!! Yay, I love the book! I received my copies a couple of Fridays ago, and have already sent one home to my niece for her birthday in November. What a great, unique book. And the photos are such an added bonus.” DM – Catholic school teacher, Calgary. posted at 07:30pm Oct 26/11

    β€œMy daughter loved the book and shared it with the cook at school. Now even more people are benefiting from Vinny’s advice. Good Work!” Janice – nurse
    posted at 01:09pm Oct 22/11 PST

    The Ottawa Public Library has bought Cook Up A Story – Yay! posted at 07:20pm Oct 07/11 PST

    β€œMy grandchildren love this book and it has lots of accessible information about nutrition and good food choices for the whole family. I have recommended this book to many friends who have grandchildren. I have also recommended Cook Up A Story to the foster parents that I work with who have foster children in their homes on placement needing to experience healthy lifestyle choices. Rather than just being a cookbook for children, Cook Up A Story has nutritional information that can be generalised to children’s choices regarding healthy snacks and meals. The illustrations are really entertaining as well!” – NLH
    posted at 01:47pm Sep 26/11 PST

    The last two Sundays Vinny has been to the Ottawa Farmers Market. He’s met some wonderful kids and their families. Leona and her brother said she loved Vinny’s stories. Vinny and I loved meeting them and telling the stories. For Leona and all the other wonderful kids we met this weekend, keep cooking!
    posted at 05:50pm Sep 11/11 PST

    β€œI have had a few days now to appreciate the whole book from cover to cover… It is fantastic! Everyone I’ve showed it to has really loved the book. I’m going to make Birdies on a stick with my godchildren. My favourite story was Birthday Bumps… could really relate to that.Your dialogue is fantastic by the way…. quite captivating, and I see hundreds of teachers using this book as a resource in their classrooms for nutrition/ health units from grades 1 to 5, as well as the grade 5 chemistry unit. I really think it should be submitted to ETFO and the College of Teachers for review. I was also touched by the story β€œMelting Moments”. I can’t wait to try the orange campfire cupcakes up north… what a great idea!”—J.H. posted at 08:37pm Jul 13/11 PST

    β€œI love the drawings! I have just ordered two copies, one for my sister and one for myself – the book looks a lot of fun.” Sandra posted at 08:05pm Jul 07/11

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  6. nicole
    May 22, 2012 @ 16:04:17

    i really liked the melting moments, they where delish! I also really liked the campfire birthday cakes. they ware really fun to make and eat. This time Iloved both of the treats!!! I think I am going to order the book so I am really happy to try more food and read all of the stories to my family!!!

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 22, 2012 @ 20:41:49

      Hi Nicole and Madison – Thanks for writing to let me know you liked the desserts. Sweets are yummy, but we shouldn’t eat a whole lot of sugar, so sharing them is a great idea! Keep cooking!

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  7. Steven
    May 22, 2012 @ 15:56:41

    Dear Author: is it possible to make a second recipe for the cookies without the nuts inside of it. We used chocolate sauce becuase no peanuts or any nuts are allowed at our school. Do you think that’s why they were so runny?? I liked the cookies but with the orange birthday cakes I learend i would try to fill it with an inside filling surprise like with caramel or whipped cream. That would make it even better!!!! I really loved to come to the cooking club on tuesdays and it helped me to figure out some recipes and how to measure things…. I am definately going to get the book to try the other recipes. Mr. highley is going to order the books for us soon!!!

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 22, 2012 @ 20:38:52

      Great idea, Steven, for a change in the cupcake recipe. I tried to keep this one a easy as I could, thinking that people would be cooking it at the cottage or on a camping trip – so wouldn’t have many fancy ingredients with them. I’m wondering how it would taste if we added some of the orange pieces to the batter, seeing as if we have oranges with us, we’d also have orange pieces… Making these at home, though, you can go crazy!

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  8. Madison
    May 22, 2012 @ 15:51:38

    We just finished our cookies they were delishis and i am taking three more home,we are also eating the birthday cake.Im taking my two home for my parents and i am going to share them because they are very filling. I leared to look carefully at the measurement because you can make it turn out different.

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  9. jack
    May 22, 2012 @ 15:45:19

    hi vinny!
    i just made melting moments with Mr. Highley!!!, my teacher! and it`s really liquidy
    to! we wonder if we made a mistake of putting water in it by accident?? I really liked them… I am taking some home for my mom and dad to experience how good they tasted!!!! and It’s our last day doing Cook up a Story… I really liked it a lot . I learend some recipes . I might get the book.

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 22, 2012 @ 20:33:15

      Hey, Jack, it’s great to know you’re liking the cooking club. Mr. Highley sounds like a great teacher – so proud of you all! I guess there was no harm done if the cookies set into a solid shape in the oven. With baking, if you want the same thing every time, the measuring is very important. Many bakers use only a scale, so they can be sure of the amounts. Hope you keep learning about food and trying new and healthy things!

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  10. Nicole K
    May 15, 2012 @ 16:20:14

    i just hepled make the “tourtiere” they smell really good. I am so excited to eat the tourtiere! i just ate the tourtiere and i did not really like it. It was not the best, sorry.
    The story was very cool i learned that eliane is french for child of light

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 15, 2012 @ 23:42:37

      Hi Nicole – Glad you enjoyed cooking up the tourtiere. When you taste a new food you don’t like, sometimes it helps to figure out what it is about it you don’t like. In this case, the filling might have been too lumpy (I heard you had to grate the veggies by hand). Or maybe it was too spicy, or the spices used were an entirely new flavor. Or maybe it was too dry (I like moister foods, myself), but others really don’t like juicy foods and prefer things drier. It might even have needed a little more salt (but not too much, as salt is a food that isn’t so good for our health). If you can figure out what you don’t like about a new food or a new recipe, you can make a few notes and try something a little different the next time you make it. Thanks for trying!

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  11. Courtney
    May 15, 2012 @ 16:19:42

    I just tried the tourtiere and it was delisous!!! It honestly tasted better with maple syrup.

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 15, 2012 @ 23:48:59

      Hi Courtney – Maple syrup is probably one of the healthiest sweeteners we can use in our cooking – so glad you liked it! A little goes a long way and has been a favorite in French Canada (and other places too) for a long time. Catsup is popular too – partly because it has a lot of sugar. Happy cooking!

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  12. Courtney
    May 15, 2012 @ 15:44:24

    I just helped make “Tourtiere” I helped by peeling and grating the carrots,plus I stirred the mix fora few minutes. Can’t wait to try it!!!!!

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  13. Madison klingbeil
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:46:01

    I just finished making “Birdys on a stick” it smells really good and we havent ate them yet they are cooking in the oven but i am so exited!

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 08, 2012 @ 17:52:06

      Hi Madison, Nicole, Shirrene and Courtney – I’m so happy you are cooking up your own food and trying out different things with the recipes. Sounds like you’re all on your way to becoming great cooks – yay!

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  14. shirrene
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:29:52

    i am with my favorit teach mister highley and we are macking a birdy on a stick
    o and when we where reading the sory and i thout it was cool because i want to try frog leges and i am the only person in the group that wants to try them and i am 11 mister Highley told me I have guts and courage. Oh we are just about ot go eath them and they look just delicioius!!!!!

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 08, 2012 @ 17:59:02

      Hey, Shirrene – I think you would like frogs legs. They are as easy to make as chicken wings but they are better for you because they are less fatty. However, they are indeed hard to find in a grocery store. Sometimes you can order them at a resaurant… Let me know if you ever get a chance to taste them πŸ™‚

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  15. Steven
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:25:55

    How did you come up with the recipes for birdies on a stick? How did you get the inspiration for the story birthday bumps that Mr. Highley read??? Please write back… from steven

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 08, 2012 @ 21:45:04

      Hi Steven – Birthday bumps is more than half true. I took a log across the river with my best friend to visit the hydro falls. We never did get to camp out that summer! And I definitely had a very hard time saying I was sorry. We were a lot more careful (thoughtful) after that. The birdies on a stick is a fairly ordinary recipe. I just reduced the salt and sugar – easy peasy! PS – I like your name!

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  16. Nicole K
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:23:36

    I just made the ”Birdy On A Stick” and it smells delicous. they are cooking right now and I really want to eat them soooo badly!!!
    I also really liked the story it was so intertaningand and funny!!!

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  17. Courtney
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:21:52

    We just made Birdies on a Stick and I made mine extra spicey by adding more Paprika and then we were making jokes and joking around while we were massaging the oil into the chicken. I can’t wait to try them!!!!!

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  18. Holly
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:30:44

    I just made the Melting Moments and they where amazing to make and could make for a amazing quick treat to make πŸ™‚ The recipe was really choclately witch was sooo yummy πŸ™‚

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    • Vinny Grette
      May 03, 2012 @ 20:45:39

      Hi Emily, Holly, Harpeet, Quinton and Danny – I’m glad all you cookie monsters liked making the chocolate cookies! The campfire orange cakes are made with a cake mix because when you’re camping it’s hard to take along a lot of baking ingredients. If you are baking at home you could make it even healthier, I think, by starting from scratch. Enjoy!

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  19. Emily R
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:26:36

    I think the “Melting Moments” & the birthday cupcake, were really good!
    The parts i did to help make the cookies, was i made the cookie dough, and I put them in the oven.
    & I know for sure, that I am going to buy the book! :] Bye!:D

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  20. Quinton
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:22:30

    we just ate the tripple fudge cookies they were chocolate. ( melting moments ) we are goign to eat orange cakes cant wait you have the best resipies….. cant wait to get your book! πŸ™‚

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  21. Danny
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:14:24

    Today I made the Triple chochlate cookies delight also the orange cake i tried the cookies and they where so good i had 7. I haven’t had the orange cake yet.

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  22. Harpreet
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:10:57

    We had the triple chocolate cookies and they were SOO good! were still waiting for cake in a orange they smell good too ;).I love how both recipies are healthier then original cake or cookies…

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  23. Anonymous
    May 01, 2012 @ 16:09:10

    We had the triple chocolate cookies and they were SOO good! were still waiting for cake in a orange they smell good too ;).I love how both recipies are healthier then original cake or cookies.

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  24. SlowMoneyFarm
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 01:23:04

    You visited my blog a while back and commented on a post. This month to increase engagement I was doing a giveaway – for those on the blog and Facebook. You won a copy of “Getting By: Lessons From a Rural Past” – I just need to know where you would like it emailed. You may email me if preferred – slowmoneyfarm@yahoo.com – thanks for visiting! Yummy stuff on your blog!

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  25. Holly
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:38:35

    We just made the tourtiere pie! it was amazing πŸ™‚ We added more of each spice and made even more amazing πŸ™‚ The story was great to πŸ™‚

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  26. Quinton
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:37:34

    Hi Again, we just made the Tourtiere and it was the best thing i have ever tased. I dont really like meat pie but this one was the best. i cant wait to try the trippel fuge cookies. and the orenge cake. we ended up have to cut the potatos and carrots insted of shreding it.

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  27. Emily R
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:34:56

    Hello πŸ™‚
    I really enjoyed the tourtiere, it was really good!
    I was very excited to try it , because when the other group of people ate it at lunch, I thought it look really good, and i’m glad that i got to try it! πŸ™‚
    What i did to help was helped putting the spices in, put the 1/2 of water, and i took off the skin of the potatoes! πŸ˜€

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 13:28:59

      Good work, Emily. Cooking is the art of turning food from the way it comes into something delicious. Peeling potatoes is the first step in the art of tourtiere making. Chopping the veggies by hand is harder work than grating them in a food processor, Quinton and Danny, but it gets the job done. Glad you are experimenting with the spices, Holly – Vinny would be proud of you all!

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  28. Danny
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:34:07

    today I had tourtiere we doubled the herbs and spices and it was really lgood…..today I was cutting the potatoes and carrots, shaving off the skin because we didn’t have a grater so we made the vegetable into really small pieces and then we put them in a pot of pot of hot water to make them softer before we put them in he pie… tomorrow we will try it for lunch!!!.

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  29. Harpreet
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:31:29

    Hello again Vinny, it was so much fun making the Tourtiere.I’m so exited to try the tourtiere tomorrow :D. Because I cant eat it again today and we made an extra pie for tomorrow and i’m able to eat it tomorrow.But it smelled GREAT!

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  30. Harpreet
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 21:46:46

    I’ll try the eggplant on a stick on tuesday.the next cook up a story club day πŸ˜‰ I bet they will be delicious.Also on Wednesday I got to try the birdies on a stick.they were so good! πŸ˜€ thanks for reading πŸ˜‰

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  31. Danny
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:49:05

    today i made birdies on a stick it was interesting to know that u use 2 table spoons of sea salt, The birdies on a stick was good it was really good with the sea salt also with the hot sauce i could eat them forever.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 17:18:02

      Hi Danny and Emily – Yikes, there’s only 2 TEAspoons of salt in the rub (not 2 tablespoons, Danny), and salt is only 10% of the rub mixture. I had lots of rub left over after making one batch of birdies on a stick, so there is enough rub for a whole lot of birdies (which means even less salt on each birdie). So yes, salt is something we have to watch in our diet (not to use too much, that is). Vinny used a whole lot less salt in the recipe than there is in most recipes for rubs, for that very reason. if you think you could use even less than Vinny does, go for it. Try just 1 teaspoon salt next time and see how that turns out. Enjoy!

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  32. Holly
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:49:04

    I just made birdies on a stick! It was so fun to make πŸ™‚ the story was really funny to go with recipe πŸ™‚ and i cant wait to try to the meat pie called tortiere! We just ate the birdies and they are amazing! I will make this recipe some time because it was amazing and want it to eat it again and with hot sauce it was even better! πŸ™‚

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  33. Harpreet
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:48:11

    Hello Vinny, I really loved making the birdies on a stick! They also REALLY smell great.I think they will be delicious . Can’t wait till there done cooking πŸ™‚ I was suprised on how there were 2 tablespoons of paperika and seasalt.
    Today I was not able to eat the birdies on a stick 😦 because of my religion.So maybe if you have a veggie suggestion that i could make.please suggest something πŸ™‚
    ~Harpreet B.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 17:23:47

      I’m sorry you went to all the work of making something you couldn’t eat, Harpeet – how frustrating! I think the rub might work well on eggplant strips, though. I’d probably sprinkle some rub on both sides of some eggplant cut into long strips, let them sit for maybe 20 minutes or so, then brush them with some olive oil. You could then thread them onto sticks (like the birdies) and grill them until they get brown on the outside and soft on the inside.

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  34. Emily
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:48:10

    Hi Vinny!
    I thought it was very fun making the birdys on a stick, because Ive never made a “meal” before! It looked like there was alot of salt (2 teaspoons), but it will still taste good! πŸ™‚
    The chicken wings were really good, and i thought the extra salt made it really good! I will for sure make this again at home! πŸ˜€

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  35. Quinton
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:48:03

    Hi I am Quinton, we are making bridie on a stick. They smell super good the story is great! next week we are making meat pie its called tortiere. By the way the story is good. then we ate them and they were amazing. i could eat them all day.

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  36. godshealingplants
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 17:22:59

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. You have a great one and I love the book that you have available. Will look into it. Come and visit us again. Blessings!

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 13, 2012 @ 18:53:02

      You have a wealth of information and recipes on such a range of plants – am trying to eat more plants as they are so good for us! Will visit often. Thanks for liking my book πŸ™‚ The kids seem to like it too. I think it makes a great family book for people who want to learn more about food with their kids.

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  37. Brandon
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 20:05:11

    wow youre food recipes look really good cant bare to try them

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  38. Holly
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:26:36

    I am very very excited to be starting cooking club on April 17th! I am looking foward to cooking some of these recipes πŸ™‚

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  39. Ian Rotz
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:25:55

    Hello, It’s Ian I think you have some amazing recipes that i would enjoy cooking. Good book too, my mom would love your book πŸ˜€

    Thanks for sharing the recipes, Ian

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  40. Carson
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:25:38

    I really like all the cool and fantastic ideas this is a fun website/blog and I like the food pictures . What gave you the idea of this website/blog ?
    -carson

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 14:26:52

      Carson – I’ve always loved cooking AND eating, so needed to learn about food so I didn’t gain too much weight for good health. Cooking at home means I’m in control of what I eat – yummy and healthy! People don’t cook as much as they used to, so just thought I’d share. πŸ™‚

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  41. Evan
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 10:00:49

    Hi its Evan in M.r Highleys, I dont cook a lot but I was wondering what is a good recipe to start with for a beginer

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 14:48:09

      Eggs are always a good place to start – do you like omelettes? Scrambled eggs? There’s a recipe for devil eggs here where you learn how to hard boil eggs properly then make a filling from the yolk – it looks harder than it is and you would impress the gang at Easter (because these eggs are party foods). And they’re better for you than too much candy over Easter πŸ™‚ . Look here: cookupastory.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/devilish-eggs-easier-than-pie/

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  42. Erin
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:58:20

    Hi it’s Erin! I just wanted to tell you about some things I’ve made! πŸ™‚ I’ve made some cookies and some cake with the help of my Mom πŸ™‚ I have made some pancakes by myself and I’m really good at making scrambled eggs! My favourite thing to eat is Crepes!!!! I absolutely LOVE them!!! Do you know about any delicious cookie recipes? Please answer back! πŸ˜€
    From,
    Erin

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  43. Quinton
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:56:07

    I am in the Cook up a Story club starting on April 16 for 3 weeks. I can’t wait to try whats is in your cookbook, like the meat pie, the birdies… How much is the book? I want to get it for my mom for her birthday….. What is your favourite recipe in your book? From Quinton

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:05:53

      Thanks, Quinton! Click on Book Details on the main menu for info on the book. Mr. Highley might be helping some kids order.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:44:56

      I love the Prune Puff, Quinton – it’s so easy to make (for a cake) and I can decorate it many ways. Plain is good (it tastes like a brownie), but for special occasions, I slice it in half, cover the first layer with low-sugar strawberry jam and whipped cream, and cover the top with whipped cream and cocoa. The cake is low on bad fats (except for a little in the whipped cream…), and high in fiber and protein. The prunes keep the cake moist and take the place of fat in the recipe. No-one guesses the cake is made with prunes, it is just so good.

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  44. liam :)
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:53:35

    the food looks good and i might try to make something like the peach pie πŸ™‚

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  45. Daniel
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:53:29

    Next week we are making the melting moments and the orang birthday cakes do you have any tips or suggestions?

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:10:28

      Don’t leave the cookies in too long. Watch them and take them out when the top loses its shine but is still soft. The bottom should be firm, but not burnt. This part is the hardest for me!

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  46. Erica
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:52:23

    Hi I love cooking at home with my Mom so I cant wait to try your recipes!

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  47. Daniel
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:50:02

    Hi its Daniel, I made your tortierre recipe with liam and charlie and a few other people and it was absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. The spices were great, I didn’t even know what sage is until we used it. DELICIOUS!!! Still great with out any sauces!

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  48. Jamie
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:48:23

    Hi it’s Jamie
    Me and my dad just recentley cooked bacon and eggs together, they were great!
    my dad loves to cook, his favourite meal to cook is “Chicken Pacata” with a side of Kale (its a Vegtable). The chicken pacata is basicley chicken with a special type of sauce with capers on top, and Kale with onions and carrots. I was wondering what suggestions you have for trying next?

    From, Jamie

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:19:56

      Wow, can I come to your house for dinner? Sounds great! If you like kale, maybe you’ll like the quinoa salad. No need to make as much as the recipe says – and taste it to see if it needs more salt and pepper or garlic. The feta cheese adds more flavor too, so if you can eat milk products, go for it!

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  49. Graham
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:46:11

    Wonderful food that you, make it look’s so delicious. I really wanna try some of the food some day.I’m just starting to learn to cook and I really wanna make those Fry up a little love this Christmas do you think it’s hard to make?

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  50. Quinton
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:44:14

    Hi my name is Quinton! i Am in mr.highleys Grade 6 Class. I am in cook up a story group with MR. Highley but we have not started we start in 2 weeks. how much is the book i really want to get one for my moms Birthday.

    thanks, Quinton

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  51. liam :)
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:41:48

    preety nice food it looks good so ya preety nice πŸ™‚

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  52. Brendan
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:41:40

    Hi. I’m not in the cooking up a story club, but would love to try one of your receipes. They sound good. Do you have an idea of which one I should start with. I know how to cook grilled cheese by myself and pizza. It’s Brendan.

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  53. Sofia M.
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:39:41

    Hi I really like how the hearty breakfast looks like it loks really yummy and easy. I’m going to try and make it some time. πŸ™‚

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  54. Anonymous
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 09:38:33

    im not in the cooking club but I would love to try some of your recipes they sound good.do you have any ideas on which one I should start with

    thanks,Brendan

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  55. charlie
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:39:20

    Hi it’s charlie that was some good ( tourtierr) i loved it πŸ™‚ you know have to cook.

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    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:55:41

      Glad you liked it! Was it hard? What was the easiest and most difficult part?

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      • Liam
        Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:21:52

        Liam….. AGAIN…. AGAIN! So what I was going to say was that the most difficult part making the pie was the filling also known as the meat and carrots plus onions.
        Wow, that was alot of words in one sentence. Nice book.

        Thanks, Liam

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      • charlie
        Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:27:05

        Hi it’s Charlie the hardest part was puting the mix in the pie ( tourtiere ) it was so fun πŸ˜› . The easiest part was cuting the meat so fun. πŸ™‚

        Reply

  56. Liam
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:34:34

    Hey its Liam again and I just ate the pie…… DELICIOUS! I loved it. I really want that book now for my mom. Nice job writing the book I hope you write some more.

    Thanks, Liam

    Reply

  57. Lisa
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:13:46

    today we made tourtiere we are just about to eat it ,it just has to cool first it smells soo good I can’t wait to try it!! I really enjoyed the story ,did you here the story the grandmother told to the ellie from your grandmother?

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:37:00

      Hello Lisa – I hope the tourtiere tastes as goods as it smells! Glad you liked Ellie’s story. My grandmother lived on the prairies, like Ellie’s, and her mom was Cree and French, just like in the story. My great-great-ever-so great grandfather traveled the rivers of Canada in a canoe and met the Huron people on his many trips. His son was a real voyageur and worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company up North. The story about how Fort Qu’Appelle got its name is an old legend that many people have changed or built on over the years, like Ellie’s grandma did. I have been on Lake Qu’appelle, and there is indeed a lovely echo. But did Pierre really hear a voice over the water calling his name that moonlit night? I wasn’t there, but many believe he did – who am I to say otherwise?

      Reply

  58. Liam
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:12:19

    Hey, Im Liam and we made one of the tortiere pies I can’t wait to try it. It smells very good and I was just wondering how and where I could get one of the books. My mom loves to cook and she would like that for mothers day. Also Mr. Highley and Mrs. Jensen started the whole thing. Please reply.

    Thanks, Liam

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Apr 03, 2012 @ 16:20:54

      Hi Liam – Wow, so glad you like the recipes! You can buy the book on-line. Look in “Book Details” in the main menu. If you get together with a few other people who want the book, the cost is lower, because there is a shipping charge. if there is more than one book in the package, the shipping charge is less per copy. When you order on line, make sure you use a promotion code. You get 15% off the order. Also, order in US funds.
      Finally, there will be a new book format on line tonight, which is smaller, but has the same stuff in it as the book you are using. It looks just as nice but the pictures are smaller and the paper isn’t glossy. But it is half the cost of the larger book with its glossy paper. Have a look at the preview and see if you like that one. Maybe Mr. Highley can help you decide?

      Reply

  59. Harpreet
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:35:47

    How can we order a copy of the book?We would love to get one!

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 13:38:48

      Hi Harpeet – Vinny thinks it’s great that you’d like a copy of the book! You can order it on-line right now, if you’d like a book exactly like the one you’re using at school. To order, click on the picture here: https://cookupastory.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/save-20-on-on-line-purchase/ This is the first link under Vinny’s picture on the website. Make sure you read all the info there, to get the best price.

      If you want something a little less expensive, a new version is coming in April… smaller and less glossy, but otherwise just the same. I’ll post a link when it’s available – Sharon

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  60. Fatima
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:34:28

    I really liked the develish eggs because it looks really easy to make, and really cute ,
    I might even get the book so I can show my mom! I was wondering if you create these recipes yourself.

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:08:58

      Hi Fatima – I think you’ll like these tasty little devils! I do create the recipes, although I read a lot of recipes to get ideas. There’s a new version of the book coming soon – it’s a little smaller and the paper is different but it’s less expensive. The book you’re using at school is great for gift-giving and school libraries etc where it gets a lot of wear. But at home, maybe the smaller book will work just fine πŸ™‚

      Reply

  61. Harpreet
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:31:45

    These look really cool! Im so exited to try one!The eggs look the best.Mr.Highley has a cook up a story club (related to this book) and I am so happy that im a part of it πŸ™‚ Thanks Mr.Highley!,Where could you buy this book?

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:17:03

      There’s a new version of the book coming soon – it’s a little smaller and the paper is different but it’s less expensive. The book you’re using at school is great for gift-giving and school libraries etc where it gets a lot of wear. But at home, maybe the smaller book will work just fine πŸ™‚ I’ll post the information when it’s available – you order it online.

      Reply

  62. Courtney
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:29:03

    I just tried the birdy on a stick ( chicken wings ) and they were sooooo good!!! I’m in the last group but my friend had extra and gave me one.

    Reply

  63. Amber
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:27:27

    me and my friends made the chicken wings called birdies on a stick and we made them extra spicy by adding 2 tablespoons of paprika and it was very very delicious but a little greasy!!!! We are doing Cook up a Story Grade 6 Cooking club and next week I think we are making meat pie or something like that… maybe Irish Meat pie? from the cookbook. I have had an Irish Bakery an onion and steak meat pie in Ajax and it was amazing!!!

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 13:22:47

      Hi Amber – Sounds like you enjoy trying different foods – that’s great! The birdies are best when you make them on a barbecue, because the extra grease drips away while they cook. In the oven, maybe if you baked them on a rack, you could get the same effect. Other people cut off the skin to get rid of extra grease if they don’t like the taste. As long as you have a balanced meal, a little fat isn’t harmful.

      Reply

  64. Lisa
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 16:08:47

    I am making birdy’s on a stick , it looks very tasty. our tescher is Mr. Highley he said it would be fun,it is! I can’t wait for the next meet.

    Reply

  65. Valley Forge Flowers
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 08:47:04

    Thanks for liking VFF’s post! I enjoy the playful nature and refreshing content of your blog, so I went ahead and followed you. Have a great weekend!

    Reply

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