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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September 2019 events

BLUEBERRY BLUES FESTIVAL Aug. 31. Music and berries at the Muskoka Lakes farm & winery. The Soul Brothers and other musical talents and performers throughout the day. There will be tours, wine tasting. Sample blueberry theme product and enjoy a BBQ. PIRATE CRUISE Sept. 1. The good ship Wenonah II sails from Gravenhurst through pirate […]

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August 2019 events

THE ARTFUL GARDEN – FINAL SEASON Until August 11. An outdoor gallery featuring the works of over 40 artists. Sculptures, ironwork, stone carving, jewellery, birdhouses, pottery and wall hangings; all displayed in the gorgeous Muskoka gardens of Jon and Suzann Partridge. Partridge Lane, Bracebridge. www.theartfulgarden.ca DEAN & JERRY: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN – CREATED BY […]

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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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Toys on the water

Getting a bit bored with lounging in your giant inflatable unicorn? Give a little novel boost to your waterfront with something new: how about a motorized surfboard, a slide that attaches to your boathouse roof, or perhaps an inflatable coffin? There’s always something new being developed for waterfront fun, and it doesn’t take long before […]

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Help the bees

To help the bees, find their homes For bees to thrive, they need food, a summer home, and a place to winter. The flowers we plant are fantastic food sources, but what about their homes? Researchers at York University are asking for help to figure out what we can do to create and protect summer […]

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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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July events 2019

HARVEST – COMEDY BY KEN CAMERON June 26 – July 19. Hilarity that hits close to home: A retired couple decides to trade in their country life for a condo in the city. When they discover that the “nice young man” leasing their home has been raising a different crop altogether, they are thrown into […]

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Celebrate with a bang

There are some fantastic fireworks displays to be seen in Muskoka this weekend. But with Canada Day falling on a Monday, not everyone can stick around to enjoy the show that night. If that’s you, then perhaps this is a great year to supplement those public displays and do a little show of your own. […]

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Controversial cormorants

They are an environmental success story, a species that was once driven to the brink of extinction by chemical pollution but has now rebounded tremendously. But do we have too much of a good thing? Certainly the Ontario government thinks so. Last year it introduced a proposal to allow cormorants to be hunted, essentially treating […]

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