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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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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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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JOY’n Us Events
Sep25

JOY’n Us Events

Doing what you love. It’s a simple concept, but not always are we lucky enough to find a career that truly is a labor of love. When we sat down with Karen Kamphuis, owner of JOY’n Us Events, we were not only impressed, but inspired by her company’s vision is to assist not-for-profit organizations reach their operational goals. Beyond her passion for the not-for-profit sector, Karen also loves to help people achieve their event and...

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Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville
May08

Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville

A Sweet Little Place I had never tried a cabbage roll. I’m of Irish decent, love meat, love cabbage, love most foods actually, but for some reason it has taken me 45 years to have an opportunity to enjoy this very popular “comfort food”. So, when the restaurant feature for this edition’s article was to profile “Son of a Chef”, I began to research what this eatery had to offer, and I knew then that I was going to get my chance… and boy...

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