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Meet our five Health Club challengers

Meet our five Health Club challengers

The Times Colonist Health Club Challenge participants each have their own reasons for entering. Here are their stories. Tania Bonfield, 38, Colwood Business Controls Manager, IBM Canada Bonfield isn't new to exercise.
Let the challenge begin

Let the challenge begin

A plumber, a former B.C. Lion and a granny-cum-nanny are three of this year's winners in the Times Colonist Health Club Challenge, a 12-week lifestyle makeover.

Tasty recipes for ground beef

Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Taco or Burrito Filling A nicely spiced, easy to make beef and bean filling to mound into taco shells, or roll in flour tortilla shells, with other ingredients.

Toast Robbie Burns with a fine single malt

With Robbie Burns Day approaching Jan. 25, I find myself digging deep for a personal nexus with Scotland.

Beef Liver for two with Wine, Mushroom and Onion Sauce

Budget-friendly, full flavoured beef liver enhanced with a winespiked sauce accented with onions and mushrooms. Serve the liver with boiled, mashed or roasted potatoes and your favourite vegetables.

Book opens window on Victoria's glorious old houses

Glorious Victorians: 150 Years - 150 Houses: Celebrating Residential Architecture in British Columbia's Capital By Nick Russell Old Goat Press, 160 pages, $34.95 Nick Russell's subtitle has it right: This is a celebration of houses in Victoria.
Revew: The Black Hat a force to be reckoned with

Revew: The Black Hat a force to be reckoned with

THE BLACK HAT**** 1/2 1005 Langley St. Victoria 250 381-2428 Open for dinner, 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards and Interac accepted. Wheelchair accessible.

Make-ahead holiday side dishes

Mashed Yukon Gold Potato Bake with Leeks and Old Cheddar Make-the-day-before mashed potatoes you can bake and reheat when needed. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: About 50 minutes Makes: 8 servings 5 lb.

A toast to bubbly, even if it's not Champagne

Quick: what wine do you most associate with special occasions and the holidays? Chances are, you answered Champagne. (If you answered First Growth Bordeaux, you enjoy obscene wealth and inhabit another reality.

Maple pecan squares, light fruitcake ring

These squares from baker Anna Olson are very much like buttertart squares, but the addition of chocolate makes them easy to slice and store.