The Perfect Valentine’s Day Ingredient

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It’s not chocolate, or oysters or ribeye steaks – those are all great ingredients to be sure. But there is one ingredient that shines above all others for the most romantic day of the year.

Pepper.

Pink peppercorns to be specific.

Pepper is one of the world’s most precious and storied spices, used in cuisines all over the world. Black, white and green peppercorns are all from the same plant, the piper nigra, harvested at different stages of development, each possessing their own unique flavour profiles. But today, Valentine’s day, it’s time to think pink. Continue »



Making Meatless Mondays Fun with Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is sometimes marketed as “the fun squash,” and for good reason. A super healthy vegetable that can masquerade as spaghetti! What’s not to love about that! Continue »



Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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This weekend is the Chinese New Year, and celebrating it is a tradition that goes back to the Shang Dynasty ( 1766 B.C.E.- 1122 B.C.E). And although this year’s celebrations in China and Hong Kong will be curtailed somewhat due to current events, Toronto will be ringing it in in style. Continue »



Sweet Potato Chowder FTW!

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Did you know that sweet potatoes can grow in outer space? Well, sort of. They are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. And with the mercury set to plummet this weekend, a big cauldron of sweet potato and corn chowder is just what the doctor ordered! Continue »



Viva Chouriço !

 

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We’re talking Portuguese chouriço, here, that wonderful cured and smoked sausage that is ubiquitous throughout that beautiful country. Continue »