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December 16, 2010

Get Back Into the Kitchen with The Fridge Whisperer

So you've got a beautifully designed what?

According to local chef and cookbook author Deb Rankine, it's time to listen to the "whisper, whisper" of your new stainless steel refrigerator and start enjoying more dinners at home.

In addition to being a seasoned national food writer, caterer and personal chef, Durham Region cooking teacher Deb Rankine is also author to two cookbooks aimed at getting families back to the dinner table every night of the week.

Her first cookbook, The Fridge Whisperer: 50 Fast & Fabulous Family Faves, was inspired by her Loblaw Cooking School students, many of whom--as Deb was horrified to discover--really didn't know how to boil water.
"The Fridge Whisperer: 50 Fast & Fabulous Family Faves is chock full of nutritious, budget-friendly and easy-to-follow recipes designed to get people back into their kitchen and families back to their dinner table every night of the week," says Deb. "To make the entire process as painless as possible, I've included a list of pantry must-haves and cooking hints...ideal for students going off to university, newlyweds and parents on-the-go."

Deb's second cookbook, The Fridge Whisperer: Condiment Confidential, celebrates the return to a homemade weeknight supper with recipes the whole family will love. Using nine easy-to-find condiments--curry paste, mango chutney, basil pesto, chicken cubes, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomato & oregano dressing, pure maple syrup, jerk seasoning paste and olive tapenade--Condiment Confidential contains over 75 recipe ideas that are as easy to prepare as they are delicious.

To learn more about the cookbooks, watch Chef Deb's cooking videos or follow "Deb's Daily Dish," visit