Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon
Mar13

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

INGREDIENTS: 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 3ozs) 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, peels on 1 ¼ tsp kosher salt ¾ tsp black pepper 2 med. avocados,peeled, pitted, and diced 1 tbsp fresh lime juice DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400°F and cook bacon, place on a paper towel lined plate and pat dry. Once cool enough to handle, dice and set aside. Move oven racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven....

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Curry Bowl
Mar13

Curry Bowl

Recipe courtesy of: Healthy Cravings Holistic Kitchen INGREDIENTS: 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil yellow onion, diced celery chopped fined 2-3 med carrots 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp ground cumin 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 4 tsp curry powder 4 tsp garam masala (optional) 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 4 cups veggie broth 1 cup frozen peas 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk...

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Rhubarb Spice Cake
Mar13

Rhubarb Spice Cake

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup sugar 2 cups rhubarb, chopped 175 g butter, melted egg, whisked 1 ½ cups plain flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg, grated ½ tsp all spice 1 cup raisins ¾ cup walnuts, chopped Icing sugar DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line baking tin with parchment paper. Put the rhubarb and sugar in a large bowl, then stir well. Add the butter and egg and mix well. Fold in the sifted dry...

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“Skinny” Mozzarella Sticks
Mar13

“Skinny” Mozzarella Sticks

Serves: 8 INGREDIENTS: large egg 4 string cheese, halved 8 wonton wrappers ½ cup marinara sauce (for dipping!) 1 tsp olive oil DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Working one at a time, brush wonton wrapper with egg mixture. Place string cheese in the center of each wrapper. Bring bottom edge of the wrap tightly over the cheese, rolling from bottom to top until the top of the sheet is reached (be...

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Chili
Mar13

Chili

INGREDIENTS: 1 ¼ pounds ground beef 1 can red kidney beans 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained 14.5oz can beef broth 12oz bottle lager beer or 1 ½ cup beef broth 1 tbsp yellow mustard 1 cup chopped onion cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp ground pasilla or ancho chili pepper 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp salt DIRECTIONS: In a Dutch oven cook ground beef,...

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Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
Mar13

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

INGREDIENTS: nonstick vegetable oil spray 1/3 cup demerara or raw sugar 2 blood oranges, very thinly sliced, seeds removed 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup granulated sugar – plus 2 tbsp 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ¾ tsp kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 large egg yolk 1 ½ cups buttermilk ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled 1 tsp blood orange zest, finely grated 2 tbsp fresh blood orange juice DIRECTIONS: Preheat...

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Seared Scallops with Bacon Jam & Sweet Potato Pûré
Mar13

Seared Scallops with Bacon Jam & Sweet Potato Pûré

Recipe courtesy of: The Edge Restaurant + Bar INGREDIENTS: fresh Scallops ½ pound of bacon ½ cup of white wine 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar olive oil 4 cloves of garlic 1 large sweet potato 2 red onions 1 red bell pepper 1 cup of heavy cream 2 tablespoons of butter chopped parsley and chives salt & pepper PREPARATION: Bacon Jam: Dice bacon strips. Finely dice red onions and red pepper and garlic. Cook bacon over medium heat...

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Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar
Mar13

Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar

INGREDIENTS: 2 jalapeños 2 cups roast chicken, finely shredded 4 oz  sharp cheddar cheese shredded (1 cup) ½ tsp cumin seeds Salt Freshly ground pepper 12 corn tortillas 4 radishes, thinly sliced ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp red onion, chopped 1 tsp fresh lime juice Vegetable oil, for frying DIRECTIONS: Skewer the jalapeños on a metal skewer or fork and roast over a flame until blackened, 3 minutes. Wrap in foil and let cool...

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Kahlua, Walnut and Brown Sugar Baked Brie
Mar13

Kahlua, Walnut and Brown Sugar Baked Brie

INGREDIENTS: 12 oz wheel of Brie 2/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup Kahlua 1/2 tsp instant espresso (optional) 2/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped & toasted Crackers Apple slices   DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the top of the Brie wheel and place in a baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring brown sugar and Kahlua to a boil. Add espresso powder if using and simmer for approximately 10 minutes...

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Vanilla Cupcakes
Mar13

Vanilla Cupcakes

Yield: 15 cupcakes INGREDIENTS: 1 ¼ cups cake flour or all-purpose flour 1 ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda ¾ cup sugar ½ cup canola oil ½ cup buttermilk ½ tsp salt 2 large eggs room temp. 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl beat eggs on medium speed....

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Bean & Radish Salad
Mar13

Bean & Radish Salad

Dressing: 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper fresh chopped herbs (optional) Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a jar. Seal lid; shake well for 30 seconds or until blended. Add fresh chopped herbs, if desired. Salad: 3 cups baby spinach leaves 2 ½ cups green beans, trimmed, cut diagonally into 1” pieces 5 radishes, sliced paper-thin 1 cup red...

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Fun drink ideas for Game Day!
Mar13

Fun drink ideas for Game Day!

Beer Sangria INGREDIENTS: 1½ cups white grape juice 1 cup vodka 1 cup seedless grapes, halved red apple, quartered, cored and sliced ¼” thick orange, quartered, sliced 5 – 12oz bottles wheat beer, chilled DIRECTIONS: Combine grape juice, vodka, grapes, apples and oranges in a pitcher. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 8 for the flavours to infuse. Fill wine glasses halfway with the grape juice mixture and some fruit. Fill...

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The Olive Experience Inc. “experience”
Mar13

The Olive Experience Inc. “experience”

It seems that most of us buy our olive oil in the supermarket, and we generally just look for the words “virgin” and “cold-pressed” if we are feeling a little pickier. I have even heard it said now that these words don’t really matter anymore on labels, as with modern technology, they can be taken as “given”. But “Whoa”! You’ll discover first hand that there’s much, much more to it when you visit “The Olive Experience Inc” in Guelph!...

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FEATURED RESTAURANT: Deja Vu Diner
Mar13

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Deja Vu Diner

When you walk in here, you’re family. Not only do I speak from experience, but Jennifer Betz, the owner of Deja Vu Diner in Orangeville, ON, will tell you that’s just how she and her staff want every customer to feel, just as if you’re coming home. While the host and serving staff will make you feel comfortable and well taken care of, it’s the incredible kitchen crew’s homemade cooked meals that’ll keep you coming back for more. “I’ve...

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A Seasonal Feast
Mar12

A Seasonal Feast

You can always tell it’s spring, when Rock Garden Farms hangs out the sign to say it is opening. That is one of the first signals of spring, along with the return of the birds and plants budding through the flowerbeds! If you live locally, you even start looking for that sign, and the decoration which goes with it. That means there is light after the long winter and good things are going to be happening. “Fresh” is what Rock Garden...

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