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 »



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 »



Sri Lankan Spiced Nuts for the Holidays

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Last week we looked at DIY shortbread as a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, a small token of love, thanks or gratitude, a tasteful and tasty expression of good cheer. And today we’re looking at another classic little holiday gift, a small jar of mixed nuts. But these are no ordinary mixed nuts!

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Homemade Gifts For the Holidays: Shortbread

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No matter how you’re celebrating this December, the holidays are a time for sharing, giving and receiving gifts to and from the people that are important to you. You may have your major gift –giving all figured out, but if you’re looking for small gifts, tokens of appreciation that you can share with your letter carrier, paperboy or girl, shopkeepers and fellow office workers, look no further than good the old fashioned shortbread cookie. Continue »