May 12, 2014 2:45 pm

Are you stressed about cooking?

May 12, 2014. About 14 years ago I met Sandi Richard who was promoting one of her early “Cooking For The Rushed” books. She was at Chapters and she actually cooked something for us in the back shelves to show how quickly it could be done. Getting families to cook good meals and actually sit down with each other on a nightly basis has been her passion. She’s on her 7th book right now plus she has her own show on the Food Network. What has always been a wonderful part of Sandi’s passion is her willingness to talk to the smaller market people like us here in Lethbridge. I got a tweet from her last week saying she was in Calgary talking about her latest research on how stressed out mothers are about having to cook every day for the family. She said she’d be happy to drive to Lethbridge to do an interview with us just to let everyone know there are solutions to the stress. We set it up and she was in town the next morning. Watch the interview tonight on Scene & Heard to learn more about the stress survey and what you can do to alleviate your downward spiral. It could make all the difference in the world for you.

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We also met Whitney Houston tribute artist Belinda Davids today. When she showed up at the U of L theatre this morning where the show will take place tomorrow night I thought, “Wow…Whitney came back.” She’s a lovely gal with a big voice and it’s going to be a dynamic show with a full band and dancers. We got a nice acoustic performance today. I was very impressed. Tickets are available at the door at the University Theatre.

Also this week we’ll meet MaryLou Balkharm whos daughter Carrie is suffering from colon cancer. She’s been dealing with the disease for the past 2 years and when the conventional treatment wasn’t doing enough she went to an alternate method which involves a hyperbaric chamber. It has an over 80% success rate but she has to fly out to BC to get the treatment and it’s not covered. Since Carrie is an artist, there are a number of artist friends who decided to help out by having an Art Auction this Saturday at CASA. All proceeds will go to her ongoing treatment. That interview goes tomorrow on Scene & Heard.

Also tomorrow a look at Arts Alive & Well in Schools and a new cookbook put out by the Lethbridge Family Services Immigrant Services. There are some very cool ethnic dishes in there. I asked Program Director Sarah Amies who’s originally from the UK if there was a recipe for Bangers and Mash. There isn’t. Guess it’s not that hard to make.

And congratulations to the PBA who had to win 3 games Sunday to win their fourth straight College baseball championship. Nicely done. Maybe some of that winning will start rubbing off on the Hurricanes.

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