Chicory is blowing my mind!

 

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Have you ever driven along a country road in Ontario and noticed the proliferation of pretty wild blue flowers in adjacent fields and rubbing shoulders with your road’s? Those ubiquitous blossoms are those of the chicory plant, a versatile perrenial that is a chameleon in the culinary world. Chicory is one of those amazing plants that is a master of disguises, and it will work its way in to your heart and into your diet without you being aware of it. Continue »



Toronto’s Biggest Tea Party!

 

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Are you a tea lover? If so you will be excited to learn that next weekend, February 3rd and 4,th the Toronto Reference Library will be hosting The Toronto Tea Festival, a weekend-long celebration of , after water, the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Indeed, according to anthropologist Allan MacFarlane, author of Empire of Teamore tea is consumed throughout the world than coffee, pop, alcohol and cocao combined. Continue »



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 »



Less Beef, More Mushrooms

 

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Keep the beef – add mushrooms. Consider this new idea for changing your favourite dishes – adding mushrooms allows you to cut down on meat without going full on vegetarian. Consider mushrooms your gateway drug to a healthier diet.  Continue »