Our Proud Producers: Monforte Dairy

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Ruth Klahsen makes some of the most delicious cheese in the country and we’re very proud to sell her Monforte Dairy cheeses at our cheese counter.

Not only does she produce incredible cheese, she does so in a way that supports small dairy farms and allows her to source her milk from the local community. Alternatives Journal touted her in a recent article saying,

“Monforte’s founder, Ruth Klahsen, recognized that an interdependent relationship with local farmers would not only give her the best quality raw materials, but it would also allow Monforte to connect with the local community and develop personal ties that would encourage trust and interdependence among all of the partners involved.”

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Toronto Cooks

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Housemade Semi-Firm Tofu from Ursa

 

September is cookbook month – that’s when all the publishing houses release their newest cooking titles in time for the Christmas shopping season. There are some big ones coming out this fall, including a new one by Marcus Samuelson, Sean Brock’s first ever book and, the one we are most excited about, a cookbook devoted specifically to the chefs of Toronto. Penned and compiled by Amy Rosen, Toronto Cooks, delivers introductions to fifty top Toronto chefs and offers two recipes from each. The result is a dizzying collection of delicious food porn and revealing intros that explain how the talented chefs of our city get their inspiration. Continue »



Chefs For Oceans

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Ned Bell is one of Vancouver’s top chefs but you won’t find him in his kitchen at the Four Seasons this summer. He’s cycling across Canada instead.  Continue »



A New Spin On Fruit Cocktail

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If you immediately think of a can of syrupy fruit with a maraschino cherry on top when you read the word fruit cocktail think again. We’re talking cocktails made with fruit and berry infused vodka. Infusions you can make at home in a matter of minutes. Steer clear of those fruit-flavoured vodkas at the LCBO, it is super easy to infuse your own spirits at home, especially now that Ontario is awash with all manner of fruit, from strawberries to blackberries, rhubarb to cherries, peaches and pears. Vodka, a clear almost tasteless spirit, is the logical choice as a base to concoct your own, uniquely flavoured potent potable. And one that is free of any artificial ingredients. When you infuse your own spirits you can ensure the quality of the ingredients that go into it. Fresh local fruit and berries, in season and perfectly ripe, make such a difference.  Continue »



Recipes to Celebrate Caribana Weekend

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The long weekend is here and so is Caribana – both inspire me to get in the kitchen and try some new recipes. Caribbean cuisine is simple to execute and the flavours are so fresh and fiery. Now seems like a good time to celebrate Caribana, in your home kitchen! Continue »