A versatile spice blend

Za’atar is an essential part of middle eastern cooking, and every cook has their own version. You can buy it pre-made, but why not put together your own blend, and customize it to suit your tastes? It’s easy, and once it’s done there’s so many ways to use it. The word za’atar can be used […]

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Tomato, corn, potato and basil salad

One of the delights of cooking at this time of year is how simple dishes can taste amazing. It’s really just a matter of getting the freshest ingredients you can find and treating them with respect. This simple salad from the Food Network is a perfect example. You could make it at any time of […]

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Linguine to be proud of

Linguine with lemon, garlic and thyme mushrooms Nigella Lawson calls this “one of her proudest creations,” which is an interesting thing to say about a dish that only contains ten ingredients and three steps. On the face of it, this is a ridiculously simple dish, the sort of thing you might throw together when you […]

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Tomato mint quinoa salad

The combination of fresh mint, parsley and toasted almonds is a common mix found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In this dish from All Recipes, quinoa gives a salad a hearty heft that makes it perfect for lunch at home, or ideal to pack for a picnic or a brown bag workday meal. […]

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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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