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 »



Molasses: Cookies & A History Lesson

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A few weeks ago we wrote about our ardent affection for Molasses Candy Kisses, and since then we can’t get molasses out of our mind. It really is a wonderful thing, this sweet dark treacle from the West Indies, and it has an interesting Canadian connection as well. Continue »



Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes

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Technically speaking Thanksgiving is a relatively new statutory holiday, having been proclaimed so by Parliament in 1957. But it has caught on, in a big way. One of the enduring images of Thanksgiving is that of the cornucopia, the “horn of plenty”, overflowing with ears of corn, shiny red apples, yellow, green and even blue squash, dusky grapes…a celebration of all good things from the fields. One of the most enduring of these is that unmistakable image of autumn, the pumpkin. 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 »



No Knead Ciabatta

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I came across this recipe in a recent issue of Food and Wine. In an article by Ray Isle, in which he flies to Puglia, Italy to attend cooking school at iSensi, recently opened by the owners of the Cantele winery. We’ll get to the no knead part in a minute, but first lets talk about the wines of Puglia, Isle is a wine writer after all. Out of the top five Puglian wines that he recommends I could only find two listed with the LCBO, these include a 2012 Tormaresca Neprica ($14.95) and a 2012 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva ($14.95), both would go great with this amazing no knead ciabatta recipe. Continue »