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Perfect pavlova

August is all about fresh fruit, as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries all come into season. This simple and elegant dessert elevates a bowl of berries to something sublime. The dish is named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, whose dancing was light and elegant, like this dessert. it was invented in Perth, Australia in 1935. […]

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Still time for glogg

The season is changing, but there’s still plenty of winter left. Which means still plenty of excuses to have a warming cup of glogg. Most northern European countries have some form of drink that is made from hot wine. In Germany it’s Gluhwein (a lovely name which means “glow wine”), in France it’s vin chaud, […]

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Blueberry galette

Blueberry pie is one of the delights of summer. Heck, any fruit pie is a perfect dessert when the fruit is in season. You can make pies year-round with frozen fruit, of course, but somehow they just don’t taste… summery enough. Maybe it’s because the effort that goes into making a perfectly shaped pie is […]

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A Christmas party in your mouth

Most holidays don’t have their own special baked good – there is no grand tradition of whipping up a batch of Victoria Day Jam Tarts, or a Labour Day Pound Cake. But Christmas and Hanukkah… now you’re talking sweets! From fruit cake to rugelach to gorgeous houses made of gingerbread, this is the season to […]

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Butternut squash soup with sage

Squash soup is incredibly easy and reliably delicious. To elevate yours to even greater heights, try topping the bowls with some fried sage leaves. This recipe from Deborah Madison is a nice variation. The three cheeses she offers as options are all quite different from each other: the soup would also work nicely with brie, […]

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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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