Carob; The Unsung Hero

 

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Carob: you either love it or leave it. Most of us first heard of carob in its powdered form, the dark brown chocolate-coloured powder made from the ground pods of the carob tree. This imposter occasionally made it into our household as an ersatz form of cocoa. A virtuous chocolate, as it were. And indeed, carob is a small wonder. Continue »



Turnips and Rutabaga

 

 

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In Canada we do love the change of seasons, and we welcome the onset of cool and cold weather for so many reasons, not the least of which is a change in our menus. In these climes, fall means root vegetables like turnips and rutabaga. Continue »



Gail Simmons Brings it Home

 

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Hot off the press and into your kitchen comes this great offering from our favourite Canadian Top Chef judge. Bringing it Home is the new cookbook by Gail Simmons, who knows a thing or two about food; a judge since 2006 on television’s top-rated Top Chef, Gail brings us this spirited collection of her “favourite recipes from a lifetime of adventurous eating.” Continue »



Celebrate Like an Italian with Lidia

 

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For cooks there is no doubt about it; the best thing about the fall is the abundant harvest. And with that coincides perhaps the second best thing about the fall; it’s new cookbook season. And with that in mind, today we look at Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s new offering, Lidia’s Celebrate Like An Italian, a cookbook brimming with over two hundred new “foolproof” recipes that will make your kitchen your favourite room in the house. Continue »



Invite The Three sisters to Thanksgiving

 

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Beans, corn and squash

 

When you think of Three Sisters, what images come to mind? If you’re a millennial, possibly you think of a trio of Kardashians, or others of a certain age might think of The Andrews sisters. But if you know a bit about companion planting, and the agricultural practices of the peoples native to North America, you will think, beans, corn and squash, this continent’s original three sisters. Continue »