Tourtière perfect for holiday open house

‘Tis the season to celebrate and each year the festivities seem to start a little earlier. Get a head start on your seasonal plans and consider these versatile recipes suitable for the entire holiday season. Traditionally, tourtière was served on Christmas Eve to begin holiday feasting. However, this versatile pie lends itself to buffet dining […]

Quick recipes for the time-starved

“What’s for dinner?” If that question strikes fear into your heart, then this article is for you. The hustle and bustle of everyday life leaves little time for the niceties of meal planning, grocery shopping or cooking, but perhaps these ideas will reduce the tension and give you an opportunity to try some recipes to […]

Halloween treats for young and old alike

Halloween is becoming more popular every year as a celebration. But it is no longer just for kids, adults love it too! Whether you are hosting children or adults, these treats will please everyone at the party. Reese’s Pieces Shortbread Although children are not permitted to come to school with peanut butter products, I have […]

Celebrating Thanksgiving in style

Thanksgiving for Canadians is a feast celebrating our harvest – a final good-bye to summer and an acknowledgement of the autumn and winter months ahead. This happens around a table groaning with produce from the fields – squashes, pumpkins, cranberries, apples, corn, potatoes, peppers – all transformed into special recipes for this occasion. Whether you […]

Quick harvest meals for busy times

Returning to work and school after the “lazy, hazy days of summer” is truly an adjustment, especially at mealtime. Thanks to these ideas from Foodland Ontario, dinner can be ready in minutes, leaving the evening free for the numerous fall activities. Harvest gnocchi with feta Ready in just 25 minutes, this pasta dish makes the […]

Preserving the taste of summer

There is nothing like a jar of preserves to bring back summer memories. The harvest can be transformed into relishes, pickles, jams, jellies, chutneys or simply canned to be enjoyed in the months ahead. If you decide to tackle this satisfying culinary feat, your kitchen will be fragrant with the smell of spices bubbling on […]

Keep grilling with new BBQ ideas

Local vegetables are a natural for the barbecue. Make the most of easy grilling during the summer season to simplify your life and enjoy the fresh tastes of “just picked.” Although the following recipes from Foodland Ontario call for specific vegetables, you can vary them with the best of the season to create your own […]

Recipes for the sweeter side of summer

Summertime is the period of natural sweetness. Starting with strawberries in June and progressing to raspberries, melons, plums, apricots and peaches in late summer, you have a tantalizing array of just-picked desserts ready to sample. However, no matter how luscious the berry or fruit, that added something, be it ice cream or the perfect cookie, […]

The joy of strawberry season

You know it’s summer when you can close your eyes and take a deep breath to smell the most wonderful, aromatic fragrance wafting over the fields – Ontario strawberries. Summer has arrived! We’re lucky in Toronto, we don’t have far to travel for the experience of just-picked berries. Whittamore’s (905-294-3275) at Markham and Steeles is […]

Summer is the time to sizzle

It’s that sizzling time of year again, barbecue season. Time for the best steak ever, especially for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21. This past winter, I had one of the best barbecue lessons in Buenos Aires (it’s their summer when it’s our winter). I would say the Argentinians are passionate about barbecue. They barbecue […]