Chocolate Stout Cake

Dark beers like stout are often described as having a chocolate flavour. Some brewers take that even further by adding chocolate to their stouts.  Muskoka Brewery,  Sawdust City and Lake of Bays Brewing all have stouts with chocolate notes. So why not try that same combination in solid form with a chocolate stout cake? There […]

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Can opener chili

This chili recipe is delicious, healthy, and absolutely ridiculously easy to make. But be warned: as the name implies, you’ll be opening a lot of cans to make it! This recipe also works without the meat if you prefer the vegetarian option. Ingredients 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 pound ground […]

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Mexican fireball hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is such a perfect winter warmer that we tend to forget that it originated in Mexico. The Aztecs prized chocolate as the drink of the wealthy, and prepared both hot and cold versions. Hot chocolate is still a big seller in Mexico, but it’s not exactly the same as you’ll find here. The […]

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Slow cooker dessert

Coming in from a glorious fall day outside, nothing smells better than a cottage filled with the aroma of fresh peach cobbler. You may not normally think of a slow cooker for dessert, but this recipe works beautifully. It’s been a great year for Ontario peaches, and you should still be able to find some […]

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Gazpacho

If you want to know the best ways to use an abundance of seasonal produce, you can’t do better than look at peasant food. People who grew all their own food developed recipes that made the most of what was fresh and in-season. Gazpacho is a classic example. This chilled Spanish soup has roots that […]

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Pavlova

Light and crisp meringue and whatever berries you fancy are the basis for this delightful dessert. It’s so good, in fact, that Australia and New Zealand have been battling for decades over who invented it. Not to take sides, but it does seem that the Kiwis may be right – it shows up in New […]

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Beautiful bird

Barbecued chicken needs to be moist, fully cooked, and not burned. The secret to getting it that way is to take your time, use indirect heat, season early and sauce late. Chicken is a tricky meat to grill. Steak is best when it’s seared on the outside and medium to rare inside. But chicken needs […]

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Three step ribs

Barbecue fans will endlessly debate the merits of rubs, marinades and sauces when it comes to ribs. That’s not surprising, because serious barbecue fans will debate just about every aspect of the craft. Anyone who has travelled in the southern US knows that barbecue is taken very seriously there. There are regional variations – ribs […]

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Maple syrup and hot sauce

If you’ve spent any time in the American south, you’ve undoubtedly tasted fried chicken and waffles. The dish can be bland and boring when done badly: if all you’ve ever had is motel restaurant chicken and waffles, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. But when it’s right, it’s superb. The crispy […]

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Vegan shepherds pie

There’s something wonderfully comforting about shepherd’s pie. This version skips the meat, but it will warm you deep down to your toes. The trick with wintry comfort food is to come up with something that’s rich and thick and hearty… without being dense and stodgy and dull. This recipe from ILoveVegan.com manages to do just […]

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