The Best Soup Recipe Of All Time

 

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Toronto set a record yesterday. Thursday was the coldest December 28th ever recorded in the city, a bone-chilling -22 degrees. The previous record was set back in 1960, when John Diefenbaker was Prime Minister and Toronto and Montreal met in the Stanley Cup final.

You need some hot soup. Stat!

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Who Needs Chestnuts? We Got Marshmallows!

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Roasting chestnuts (I mean marshmallows) on an open fire…

 

If you’ve got a fireplace this is the time of year that you most want it to be filling the house with its soft scent of woodsmoke. While a fire is lovely all winter, it takes on special cozy significance at Christmas time.  Continue »



Fish and Cheese Are an Awesome Couple.

 

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When it comes to cooking, there are a few old-fashioned rules that most home cooks consider sacrosanct, and even though they don’t necessarily make sense, many observe them religiously. One old-school rule, now pretty much flouted by everyone, is the practice of serving red wine only with meat and white wine with fish. Another so-called fish-rule many of us grew up with was, “fish and cheese don’t go together.” Continue »



 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 »