Veggie Chilli
Dec04

Veggie Chilli

Prep 25 minutes | Ready in 30 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup onions, chopped ¾ cup carrots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup sweet potato chopped in bit size squares 1 cup red peppers, chopped ¾ cup celery, chopped 1 tbsp chilli powder 1 (28oz) can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped 1 (19oz) can kidney beans with liquid 1 (19oz) tomato baked beans 1 tbsp ground cumin 1½ tsp dried oregano 1½ tsp dried...

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Vanilla Cake
Dec04

Vanilla Cake

INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar ½ cup liquid egg whites 1 ½ cups buttermilk 2 ¼ tsp baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp vanilla ½ tsp each baking soda and salt DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg whites and...

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Steamed Lobster
Dec04

Steamed Lobster

INGREDIENTS: 4 live lobsters, ¾-2 lbs ½ lb unsalted butter  4 wooden skewers DIRECTIONS: Choose a pot with a tight-fitting lid that is large enough to fit the lobsters with room for the steam to circulate around them. Wrap the lid tightly with a kitchen towel. Place a steamer basket or an upturned colander in the pot, and pour in cold water to a depth of about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, put the lobsters on a...

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Seafood Chowder
Dec04

Seafood Chowder

INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp butter 2 slices bacon, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 leek, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 2 med potatoes, peeled and chopped 1⁄3 cup plain flour 3 cups vegetable or fish stock, heated 1 cup white wine 1 lb haddock or sole, cut into ¾ “ cubes 8 ozs scallops, cleaned and halved 8 ozs small shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1 cup heavy cream 1⁄3 cup fresh...

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Roasted Whole Red Snapper
Dec04

Roasted Whole Red Snapper

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 serrano chili, seeded and minced 1 tsp thyme, chopped 1/8 tsp allspice, ground 1 tbsp canola oil, plus more for rubbing DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 425°. Mix all of the above ingredients (except the oil) together with a large pinch of salt. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil. Make 5 parallel 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper,...

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Lemony Spinach & Chicken Soup
Dec04

Lemony Spinach & Chicken Soup

Yields: 1 serving | Cook Time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS: 200 gram chicken 2 cups chicken broth  (or substitute 1 cup water for 1 cup broth) ½ lemon with rind ½ cup closely packed spinach, cut in strips 1 tbsp onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced & crushed 1 stalk lemongrass (optional) ¼ tsp thyme (to taste)  cayenne pepper (to taste)  salt & pepper (to taste) DIRECTIONS: Lightly brown the chicken in a small saucepan with a...

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Festive Favourites – Drinks
Dec04

Festive Favourites – Drinks

Winter Wonderland INGREDIENTS: 2 oz rumchata 1 oz grenadine Garnished with candy cane or cinnamon stick Sparkling Mistletoe INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp honey  (slightly melted) 1 shot lemon cordial 1 shot gin 1 cup tonic water 1 cup ice cubes DIRECTIONS: Combine the honey and lemon cordial together. Pour mixture over ice. Add a shot of gin and top with tonic water. Stir gently. Jack Frost INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ ozs vodka 1 ½ ozs blue curacao 1 ½ ozs...

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Curried Rice
Dec04

Curried Rice

INGREDIENTS: 1 onion, finely diced 3 cloves garlic, finely diced 3 tbsp olive oil 4 tsp Curry Powder 2 cups rice 2 tsp salt 3¼ cups water DIRECTIONS: Cook onion and garlic in a 3-4 quart saucepan over med-low heat until softened. Add curry powder and rice and cook, stirring often, about 1 min. Add water and salt and bring to a boil, uncovered, without stirring, until the surface of the rice is covered with steam holes and the grains...

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Cranberry, Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls
Dec04

Cranberry, Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls

Prep time: 10 mins | Makes: 30 Holiday entertaining has never been easier or more delicious! So easy to make and gorgeous too! Perfect for Christmas, and New Year’s! (Can be made in advance!) INGREDIENTS: 2 – 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened 4 oz goat cheese 4 oz white cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup roughly chopped dried cranberries ½ cup finely chopped pecans ¼ cup thinly sliced chives Coating: ½ cup thinly sliced chives ½...

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Dec04

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Yields: 12 servings | Prep: 45 min. | Bake: 50 min INGREDIENTS: 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup butter, melted 1 pkg (14oz) caramels ²⁄³ cup evaporated milk ½ cup chopped pecans 2 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1½ cups chopped peeled apples ½ tsp ground cinnamon DIRECTIONS: Place a greased 9” springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Securely wrap...

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Brie, Salami and Cranberry Crostini
Dec03

Brie, Salami and Cranberry Crostini

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 15 min Serving: 18 pieces 1 whole grain baguette ¼ cup olive oil 1 pkg quality salami 1 round  Brie cheese 1 cup dried cranberries ½ cup fresh mint leaves Cut baguette into one-third inch slices, on a bias. Lightly coat with olive oil and bake for eight minutes at 375 degrees F° until lightly toasted. Slice brie into thin strips and place on bread. Top with salami and a teaspoon of dried cranberries....

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Planning for the Present and the Future
Dec03

Planning for the Present and the Future

It’s not often we get an “insider view” of an educational institute’s strategic plan. Humber College has done an incredible job in creating a 5 year strategy plan in order to ensure the college is aligned with the best practices, and community vision. There are 3 main pillars of the strategy plan at Humber College, which drive all aspects of the organization: Career-Ready Citizens Accessible Education Healthy and Inclusive Community...

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Apple Slaw
Dec03

Apple Slaw

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups cabbage, chopped 1 red apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped 1 green apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped 1 carrot, grated 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 green onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, red apple, green apple, carrot, red bell pepper, and green onions. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise,...

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Mason Jar Craft
Dec03

Mason Jar Craft

What you’ll need: 3 mason jars red, white and green paint planter’s box (I bought mine at the same place I bought the mason jars so I knew it was the right size) Stain (if needed) Christmas greenery Stain the planter’s box your desired colour of stain. Next, paint the mason jars (let them dry and then give them a second coat). Arrange the Christmas greenery the way you like and then you’re...

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Wine Glass Candlesticks
Dec03

Wine Glass Candlesticks

What you’ll need: 2 wide rimmed glasses 2 candles cotton balls an assortment of small Christmas Decorations This is another incredibly easy craft that can add an extra touch of Christmas in a small space. Put everything in the glass and then just tip it over and put a candle on it. So...

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Christmas Wreath Centrepiece
Dec03

Christmas Wreath Centrepiece

What you’ll need: A plain Christmas wreath (you can get one with lights if you prefer) Battery powered candles an assortment of Christmas decorations This craft is very easy and because you don’t glue anything down, it can be changed each year to match your colour...

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Custom Build: A-Frame Design
Dec03

Custom Build: A-Frame Design

I’ve said it before, but I truly believe we are very fortunate to live in the community and surrounding areas we do. All throughout Dufferin and Wellington County and beyond, we have beautiful scenery, storied history, and proud heritage, hard to find anywhere else. So when we received our project sheets for this edition’s feature home, we were thrilled to find out we would be experiencing a custom-build from Scott Hoegy and his team....

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Let The Games Begin!
Dec03

Let The Games Begin!

We live in an age where our social lives, recreational pursuits and base communications are crammed into cell phones and placed in our purses and pockets. It is, indeed, a convenient, virtual universe. Unfortunately, it also causes us to fold into ourselves and have less and less real-time social interaction. There is a time-proven axiom: “The family that plays together, stays together.” What better way to accommodate this truth, than...

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The Art of Dry Stone Walling
Dec03

The Art of Dry Stone Walling

Once again we’ve had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with award-winning landscape architect Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, on this occasion to discuss a very old and very timeless way of constructing beautiful stone creations that leave a lasting impression. So exactly what is “Dry Stone Walling” or “Dry Stacking”? Dry stone, sometimes called dry stacking or in Scotland, dry stane, is a building...

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Featured Restaurant: Rays 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery
Dec03

Featured Restaurant: Rays 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery

Walking through the doors of this lovely space that just happens to be situated across from a quiet, flowing river in Alton ON, you immediately feel comfortable and at ease. Is it the wonderful smell coming from the open kitchen? Is it the rustic “old world” charm the design and decor exude? Could it be the incredible staff whose level of excellent customer service is a rare find? Well frankly, it’s all of those things, and so much...

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