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Pasta For Good – Amatriciana TO

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Our hearts go out to the people of Italy after the devastating earthquake that hit in August. We are so pleased to see the outpouring of compassion and help from people all over the world and from restaurants and chefs right here in Toronto.

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Bourbon: It’s Not Just For Sipping

Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings, photo and recipe by Extraordinary Barbecue.

Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings, photo and recipe by Extraordinary Barbecue.

 

Most cooks at one time or another cook with alcoholic beverages. Whether it is wine, beer or spirits, cooking with alcoholic beverages adds a depth and sophistication to so many dishes, both sweet and savoury.

Rum is most famously employed in rum babas and the traditional truffle-like rum balls that roll our way every Christmas, we even throw in a few raisins and add rum to ice cream. Scotch whisky is the eponymous main ingredient in Scotch Whisky Cakes, sherry is a must have ingredient for the best trifles and brandy has been glugged generously on fruitcakes and puddings for eons. We brine our poultry, mussels and even bathe our beef tongue in beer, we marinate cuts of beef in red wine and use it to enrich our sauces, and in short, many of us have decided that if we are going to cook, we often look to the liquor cabinet for inspiration. Continue »



The Royal Winter Fair Starts Today

Piled squash with labels, just a peek at the food bounty at the Royal.

Piled squash with labels, just a peek at the food bounty at the Royal.

Today is the first day of the Royal Winter Fair, showing off Canada’s agricultural excellence. It’s more than just a horse competition, (although the horses are fantastic) this year the focus is on food, For the Love of Food, especially of the local variety, with lots of activities for kids and adults alike. It’s a perfect family destination for its 10 day run. For kids, there is the petting zoo, a playground (and rest area for parents) called Ag-tivity Central, and a really cool looking interactive exhibit called the aMAZEing Food Journey, showing how food travels from farm to table, with gigantic hanging vegetables at the entrance.

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Video: A Few Minutes with Chef Hans

We sat down with Momofuku Noodle Bar’s Executive Sous Chef, Hans Vogels, recently. We asked him what ingredient was most important to his kitchen and what he’s cooking with in anticipation of colder weather.

 



Support Toronto’s Small Breweries

“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.”-Queen Victoria

 

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It would kind of suck if you wanted to put out a nice cheese board, but the only stuff available came from KRAFT. Here we have KRAFT single slices, here, Velveeta, how about a little cheese whiz on that cracker? Imagine not having access to great local cheese like Monforte or Thornloe or any of your favourites, if all your cheese came from some conglomerate more concerned with the bottom line than anything else. It’s important for us as consumers to support our local artisanal brewers, bakers and candlestick makers, not simply for altruistic reasons, but because most often the product they craft is more delicious. So it is with one of our favourite food groups, Beer.

 

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