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 »



Pantry Essentials: Evaporated and condensed milk

 

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There are some essentials that are a good idea to keep in your pantry, you never know when you are going to need them. And as they are shelf-stable they can stay there for ages, ready to be pressed into service at any time. Evaporated milk and condensed milk are two such items, but don’t confuse the two! Continue »



Snack Plating for the Holiday Week

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Ah, the week between Christmas and New Years, you just don’t feel like cooking, especially after a high-powered holiday.There are only a few times of year when the fridge is as overflowing as it will be over the next few days. Magazines are filled with tips for using up all that turkey. Recipes for turkey hash, turkey soup, turkey a la king…We prefer a simpler approach and just use whatever is already on hand to throw together a snack plate. Continue »