FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel
Feb12

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel

I’m always amazed by the many places in our area that there are to enjoy a wonderful meal. This little unassuming cafe and eatery, located in downtown Grand Valley, certainly fits in to the “must visit” category, when you’re looking to enjoy the best of what local culinary skills and ingredients are all about. I sat down with chef and owner Daniel Bonello of Brewed Awakenings Cafe and Eatery, to find out why this popular spot is...

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Ask The Health Expert: Hypothyroidism … the right treatment
Feb08

Ask The Health Expert: Hypothyroidism … the right treatment

As many as 20 million Americans are suffering from some form of thyroid problem and of these, low thyroid function is probably the most prevalent, especially in women. The function of the thyroid gland is to take in iodine, which is found in many foods and convert it into thyroid hormones T4 [thyroxine] and T3 [triiodothyronine]. T4 is produced by the thyroid gland in much greater amounts than T3 about 90% more, but T3 is the...

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The Benefits of Investing in New Windows
Feb08

The Benefits of Investing in New Windows

My husband and I moved to the Orangeville area a few years ago, and fell in love with our home. It’s simple, the perfect size, and as the previous owners had taken such good care of it, any maintenance required would be minimal. The house itself was built in the mid-eighties, and despite many upgrades still had its’ original windows, and they were definitely starting to show their age. The interesting thing is that while they still...

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Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True
Feb07

Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True

When it comes to a chef’s dream working environment, most would think of a “state of the art” kitchen, and they would likely be right. With that in mind, owner Zach Koolen, along with his team at Cedarcroft Landscape & Design, have provided that dream, creating the outdoor version, and with so much more than the client could have ever imagined. For this featured project, Zach pointed out that the first meeting between he and his...

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Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!
Feb07

Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!

You find the home of your dreams. You love it, but you’re not so much in love with the steep hill that makes up the majority of your back yard. One particular client of Dutch Touch Landscaping had just this issue to deal with, and so Maarten Randeraad and his team came up with a fabulous solution! This particular project was an interesting one for Maarten and his team, as the client wanted a flat-surfaced backyard so there would be no...

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovation
Feb07

Ensuite Bathroom Renovation

There’s nothing like the luxury of having a master bedroom ensuite. It’s so easy and accessible to use, whether it’s on cold, crisp mornings, or when there are two of you, and the space needs to house “two” of everything. There is also nothing like having a master bedroom ensuite renovation designed by Paula Coffey, from The Plumber’s Wife in Arthur, On. Our clients needed to update their “builder’s grade” ensuite not only up to the...

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Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!
Feb07

Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!

FERGUS ONTARIO. In a word, beautiful. When you enter this charming little town, it’s almost as if you’ve been transported to another time and place. I suppose the obvious correlation would be that you have entered a small Scottish village, rich in character, history, and natural charm. If you’ve not had the pleasure of visiting Fergus, it’s a trip that’s definitely worth making. If you have been lucky enough to spend time amongst its...

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Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!
Feb07

Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!

In a perfect world, one could decide an upgrade is needed on the house. A reliable building contractor is found the next day, plans are put into motion within a week and the project is completed, to everyone’s utmost satisfaction, within a month or two. In the real world, that is highly unlikely to happen. Home renovations and/or additions are meticulous undertakings with many factors to take into consideration. As well, communication...

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Vegetarian Borscht-Authentic Russian Beet Soup
Feb07

Vegetarian Borscht-Authentic Russian Beet Soup

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 45 mins | Serves: 12-14 INGREDIENTS: 2 med   beets, peeled & grated 1 large   carrot, peeled & grated 1 tbsp    olive oil 1              tomato, diced 2 tbsp    water juice      of ½ lemon 2 L         water/vegetable broth 1 tbsp    salt 5 med    potatoes, diced ½           cabbage 1             small onion, diced 1 tsp      olive oil 5-7        whole black peppers 3-4        bay leaves 1 tbsp   dried...

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Bacon Mushroom Spaghettini
Feb07

Bacon Mushroom Spaghettini

YOU WILL NEED – PER PORTION: 6oz wt. Spaghettini Noodles (cooked) 2oz wt. Mushrooms 1 tbsp    Butter 1 tbsp    Shallots (fine dice) 4-6         cloves Roasted Garlic 2oz wt. Back Bacon (med dice) 150ml    35% cream 1 tbsp    Grated Parmesan Salt & Pepper – to taste garnish Brassica Microgreens and Salt Cured Egg Yolk (optional) DIRECTIONS: Sauté shallots, roasted garlic, mushrooms and bacon in Butter for 1 minute Add...

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Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Dip
Feb07

Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Dip

INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch asparagus chopped 1 tbsp olive oil Salt & Pepper 4 slices cooked bacon (chopped) ¼ block cream cheese (2 oz) 1 cup sharp white cheddar shredded ½ cup shredded gruyere ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup freshly chopped chives DIRECTIONS: Heat broiler. On a baking sheet, toss olive oil with asparagus and season with salt & pepper. Broil for approximately 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and reduce heat...

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White Wine & Garlic Mussels
Feb07

White Wine & Garlic Mussels

INGREDIENTS: 16-20     fresh mussels 1 oz        Canola Oil (warm) 1 oz        julienned onion ½ oz      julienned carrot 1 oz         sliced celery ½ oz      chopped garlic 5 oz        white wine 1 tbsp     butter DIRECTIONS: Lightly sauté the onions & garlic in canola oil for caramelization. Toss in the carrots and celery. Add 16 to 20 fresh mussels. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the wine and butter. Cover to steam the mussels...

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Refreshing Summer Drinks
Feb07

Refreshing Summer Drinks

WHITE FREEZIE INGREDIENTS: .5 oz       Banana Liquor .5 oz       Raspberry Sour Puss 7Up Rim a Highball Glass with sugar Fill half way with ice Add Banana Liquor & Raspberry Sour Puss Top with 7UP Stir drink Garnish with maraschino cherries BLUE FREEZIE INGREDIENTS: .5 oz       Melon Liquor .5 oz       Blue Curacao 1 oz        Lime juice 7 Up Rim a Highball Glass with sugar Fill half way with ice Add Melon Liquor, Blue...

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BBQ Ribs
Feb07

BBQ Ribs

RIB RUB INGREDIENTS: 1             full rack of ribs 1 tsp      Chili Powder 1 tsp      Paprika ¼ tsp   Garlic 1/8 tsp  Salt 1/8 tsp  Pepper 1/8 tsp  Ground Mustard ¼ tsp    Oregano 1/8 tsp  Chicken Soup Base RIB RUB COOKING (1 full rack of ribs): Mix ingredients together. Sprinkle onto both sides of the ribs; rub in so spice mix sticks to the meat. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit for 4-24 hrs (24 hrs for max flavour). Place ribs...

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Gazpacho
Feb06

Gazpacho

Serves 4 People Ingredients: 1 ½ lbs   vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped Tomato juice 1 cup     cucumber, peeled and chopped ½ cup    red bell pepper, chopped ½ cup    yellow bell pepper, chopped ½ cup    red onion, chopped 1 small  jalapeno, seeded and minced 1 med.  garlic clove, minced ¼ cup    extra-virgin olive oil 1              lime, zested 1              lime, juiced 2 tsp      balsamic vinegar 2 tsp     ...

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Abandoned Spaces: Maplehurst, Mono, Ontario
Feb06

Abandoned Spaces: Maplehurst, Mono, Ontario

A beautiful old red brick farmhouse, nestled not too far off a country sideroad in Mono, Ontario, is this edition’s pick for our Abandoned Spaces series. While the home itself still has an owner, currently a construction corporation, it sits empty, waiting for someone to restore it back to its original beauty, and continue its rich tradition as part of Mono’s history. Known as Maplehurst, the home is unique in many ways, not the least...

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Gardens and Parties And Fun … Oh My!!
Feb06

Gardens and Parties And Fun … Oh My!!

It’s that beautiful time of year, when thoughts of warm sunshine, budding flowers, bright colours, and plans for the summer, all begin to fill our minds. It also just happens to be the popular season for bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, and other special celebrations that this lovely time of year brings. Yes, it’s finally Spring! The Spring season brings new life, new colour, and of course, new themes for...

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Cedar Plank Fish
Feb06

Cedar Plank Fish

Ingredients: 2 tbsp    olive oil, plus more for the plank 4              6 to 8 ounce pieces of white fish (Basa, Sole Turbot) 2 tbsp    prepared wasabi (that is wasabi paste from a jar or a tube) 2 tbsp    sugar 1 tbsp    soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option) 1 tbsp    freshly grated ginger salt Directions: Soak the cedar planks in water to cover for 12 or so hours. Blot the planks dry with paper towels. Lightly coat one...

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Perspective on Your Spring Garden
Feb06

Perspective on Your Spring Garden

If you are anything like me, you started gardening by first imagining all the beautiful flowers you could plant, then you bought them, and finally you planted each and every one to create the garden of your dreams. But, by midsummer, your dreams were being dashed by those lovingly chosen seedlings not behaving as you had anticipated – or even dying. By hard-earned experience you learned some were shade or sun loving, some...

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Apple Rosettes
Feb06

Apple Rosettes

Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 3 Red Gala apples ½ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar 1 lemon 1 tablespoon cinnamon Directions: -Peel, half and core apples. Cut into very thin slices. -Make simple syrup of ½ cup sugar, juice from the lemon and 1 ½ cups of water. -Add apple slices to syrup then place on stove top and cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat or until tender and almost translucent. -Strain and cool (this can be done the...

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