The Underappreciated Onion

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Simply put, onions have to be one of the most universal of all vegetables; extraordinarily versatile, readily available in a multitude of cultivars, inexpensive, healthy and delicious, they are delicious fried, baked, roasted, boiled, grilled, eaten raw on burgers, sliced and diced into salads chopped chunkily into a salsa, they are an integral component to a mireppoix, caramelized into classic French soup and are even at home whilst garnishing a Gibson. And they’re even a fast food/junk food favourite; battered and deep fried as onion rings or exploding onion blossoms, they manage to steal a little thunder from the french fry. Continue »



Squash Is Amazing

Our Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash Stuffed with Kale & Blue Cheese on Canada AM

Our Bacon-Wrapped Butternut Squash Stuffed with Kale & Blue Cheese on Canada AM

 

Did you know what a powerhouse of nutrition your everyday average squash, pumpkin or zucchini is? In my new book, The Everyday Squash Cook, we delve deep into the world of squash and turn up some surprising information about this humble fall fruit. It is the most versatile and affordable superfood, it is also the most effortless to turn into something delicious. Continue »



Cookbook: Jamie’s Comfort Food

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Jamie Oliver has a new cookbook out this fall and it is a beautiful piece of work. Even though this is his 16th cookbook (!) it is still fresh and vibrant with gorgeous photography and fun, interesting recipes to share with family and friends. Called Jamie’s Comfort Food it is filled with what he terms “scrumptious happy classics” and is a real pleasure to leaf through.

We thought we’d share our favourite recipe from the book and give you a sneak peek into its pages. Here goes! Continue »



Avocado – More Than Just Guacamole

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It all started with some devilled eggs. Always searching for a way to bump up the filling I came across a recipe for Guacamole Devilled Eggs. Sometimes we forget that avocado can be used for more than just guacamole, and while it was delicious in the devilled eggs it got me on a hunt to find more ways to use avocado in the kitchen.  Continue »



Let’s Go To The Rodeo

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One of our favourite places in Toronto is the Evergreen Brickworks, it is a beautiful spot year round with lovely gardens in the summer and an ice skating rink in the summer. There’s a year round farmer’s market and always fun and creative food programming for kids – cooking classes and gardening lessons help educate our city’s youngsters so they’ll grow up knowing where there food comes from and how to cook it up for themselves. We are big supporters of any programming that teaches kids about food and that’s why we’re excited about an event they have planned for later this month. Continue »