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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Bring some Electric Love to the cottage

Does your garden need a little love this summer? How about a little Electric Love? Electric Love has been named as the Plant of the Year by Canada Blooms, the annual garden and horticultural industry show that takes place each winter in Toronto. It’s the first weigela ever bred with deep red blooms and dark […]

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Watch your lake flip

If you’re at the cottage in spring, you can see all kinds of changes happening. Migrating birds arrive, leaves and flowers emerge, frogs start to peep… and the lakes flip. That last one may come as a bit of a surprise, but nearly all lakes do it. To see it happening, you just have to […]

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Drink your way across Muskoka

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when you couldn’t legally buy a drink in this province. In fact, for ten years – 1916 to 1926 – it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol here. Oddly enough, for most of those years you could still manufacture alcohol, as long as it was […]

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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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April Events 2019

A CANADIAN MOSAIC To April 20.  A retrospective of paintings by Laura Carter and photographs by the late Ulrich Kretschmar at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com MATT WEIDINGER PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF VAN MORRISON April 20.  Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer-songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a […]

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Excited about annuals

Every year plant breeders release new varieties of annuals, which landscapers and homeowners eagerly snap up. There are fresh colours, bloom configurations, and growth patterns, all giving designers some exciting new options. Here are some of the ones we’re excited about. Angelface Snapdragons It’s hard to believe that breeders could do something new with such […]

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Rabbits and hares abounding

When snowshoeing through the woods this winter, there’s a good chance you’ll come across tracks of cottontail rabbits or snowshoe hares. Their numbers seem to be high this season, as part of a natural population cycle. Most animals go through some sort of population cycle. Because hares and rabbits breed like – well, like rabbits […]

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Skating through the woods

The massively popular skating trail at Arrowhead Park will draw thousands of visitors this weekend. The trail may have been this region’s first, but it’s not the only one now: there are some others in Muskoka that aren’t as well known, letting you avoid the crowds. And believe us when we tell you there will […]

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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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