Food & Drink
Take a Taste Holiday with These Winning Wines
It's finally summer and the sipping is easy. Well, it should be. But finding a taste treasure is not so breezy. Thousands of bottles like unknown soldiers populate the store shelves. Which to choose? The process takes time, and dogs abound. So today I am uncorking my chosen wines suited to laid-back summer life. These were chosen from more than 1,000 wines recently tasted. It does not matter if you are on a city backyard deck, or basking at the cottage. Why spend $30 or more for fine wines if the same quality exists for much less? Besides, these lazy, hazy days are best spent having fun. Serious is out. More
GOURMET@HOME: Scrumptious Salads
Local chefs share their favourite salad recipes With the mercury rising, it's time to enjoy some fresh salads. With that in mind, we asked four local chefs to share their favourite gourmet salad recipes. Here are their tasty leafy creations. More
Cook Your Catch
In terms of locally sourced food, there's perhaps no entrée better than fish, caught fresh from the lakes of Muskoka. Fishing in the summer is a relaxing sport with every opportunity to not only pursue the best locations as you skip across the lake, but also sunbathe in the July and August heat. Here are some quick ways to prepare your catch for a great feast. More
GOURMET@HOME: Celebrating  Local Food
GOURMET@HOME: Celebrating Local Food
Foodland Ontario Offers Seasonal Recipes For Local Food Lovers. Hankering to eat more local food? Foodland Ontario's recipe collection is well worth checking out. From apples to zucchinis, when it comes to preparing dishes featuring in-season fresh local ingredients, I haven't met a Foodland Ontario recipe I didn't like. Read More..
Gluten-Free Mania
Gluten-Free Mania
Local food producers, shops and restaurants are catering to this growing market Read More..
Spring into a Glass of Wine
Spring into a Glass of Wine
We are just emerging from a profoundly deep tunnel of winter, and spring is joyfully on our minds. The barbecue will emerge from its 10-foot snowdrift, the planks on our decks will shed their cloak of ice and, best of all, friends and neighbours will emerge from their caves to frolic outdoors. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Comfort From The Kitchen - Three delicious recipes to take the bite out of winter
GOURMET@HOME: Comfort From The Kitchen - Three delicious recipes to take the bite out of winter
When the mercury drops, I start digging into my recipe files for comfort food. After all, one needs something hardier than a salad to warm up on a cold wintery night. With that in mind, here are three of my family's favourite comfort meals. Just like at home, I've also included a non-meat version of the dish that I would normally serve to our youngest son, Jamie, age 11, a committed vegetarian for the past three years. Read More..
RECIPE: Limerick Lamb Tacos
RECIPE: Limerick Lamb Tacos
The recipe for this delicious twist on tacos is courtesy of chef Carol Smith of Donaleigh's Irish Public House. Enjoy! Read More..
GOURMET@HOME:The Sweet Goods on Bakeries in Simcoe County
GOURMET@HOME:The Sweet Goods on Bakeries in Simcoe County
Want to sweeten up the holidays? Touring local bake shops is a great place to start. Showcasing mouthwatering goodies ranging from cookies, chocolates, and gingerbread houses to sticky buns, butter tarts, pies, candy cane cupcakes and more, the region's bakeries will satisfy any sweet tooth. Read More..
Best Buy  Sparklers
Best Buy Sparklers
When it comes to celebrating birthdays, or the holidays, or simply serving a glass as guests arrive for a dinner, nothing beats sparkling wines. So-called “real” Champagne from France runs $40 and up, which is ridiculous, as the same exacting methods of production are now used all over the world, at a fraction of the cost. I've tasted through dozens of bubblies available on shelves at less than $15 and these are my value winners. Why take out a second mortgage? I have included several styles, from the floral sweetie Bera, including light, organic, and winding up with a heavier style Segura made using real Champagne methods. There's a sparkler for everyone's taste here. Please enjoy! Read More..
Holiday Mixer
Holiday Mixer
Barrie's top bartenders and restaurateurs share their favourite holiday drink recipes. Read More..
Holiday Dinner With a Twist
Holiday Dinner With a Twist
Christmas is my favourite holiday feast, I love the savoury dishes, roast birds, and of course, the gingerbread and short bread. But while Christmas dinner carries a lot of tradition, it can't hurt to mix things up and create some new festive dishes that will quickly become your family's favourites. At our table, there was always something new along with the traditional recipes. Read More..
Uncrated Local Wines
Uncrated Local Wines
Once native to the Niagara region, Ontario wineries are popping up closer to home. From Grey and Bruce Counties to Muskoka, there are several local cellars worth discovering. Along with wines, many producers are also bottling hard ciders made from local apples and pears. Here are three wineries worth visiting: Read More..
In The Kitchen with: Dave Phillips of The Mill Cafe
In The Kitchen with: Dave Phillips of The Mill Cafe
A year ago, restauranteurs Dave and Linda Phillips decided to take on a management challenge. The daunting task? Bring the Mill Cafe in Thornbury back to its former glory as a unique and successful dining destination for locals and tourists alike. “Despite its spectacular setting, it has struggled for an identity for the past several years,” muses Dave, who owned the successful Fireside Cafe in Wingham, Ont. (about an hour outside of London) along with his wife Linda. So far, the couple's hard work seems to be paying off. “Since we took over the management duties, the Mill's recovery is well underway and diners are pleased with the changes.” Read More..
In The Kitchen with: Carl Viveiros & Dave Oncui of a Taste of Freedom
In The Kitchen with: Carl Viveiros & Dave Oncui of a Taste of Freedom
Tucked away in the quaint village of Tottenham, a Taste of Freedom Country Inn and Restaurant serves up great food and historic charm. Originally built in 1854, the country residence was initially a bank. Today, the beautifully restored Victorian-era home offers intimate dining with a French accent. “People love the history attached to this place,” observes 31-year-old Carl Viveiros, who runs the country inn and dining facility with his mother Helene. “They get a real kick out of the wine cellar located within the building's original 150-year-old bank vault.” Recently, this GoodLife reporter caught up with Viveiros and a Taste of Freedom's red seal chef Dave Onciul. Here's how the conversation unfolded. Read More..
Great Food & Wine Pairings
Great Food & Wine Pairings
Wine is meant to go with food. The best matchups become classics because they consistently sing together. This kind of harmony can make dining a sublime experience. Read More..
A Culinary Adventure in Midland
A Culinary Adventure in Midland
Jen and Rob Reader opened Explorers Cafe in May of 2006 and look back every day — it forms their foundation for their restaurant on a daily basis. Rob is a historian and Jenn has worked in the industry for years. In fact, they met in Antarctica on a Russian research vessel in 1996 and, two years later, were married in the presence of 5,000 Gentoo penguins with a ship's Captain presiding over the ceremony — all in Russian. The Explorers Cafe is a celebration of exploration in all its forms ­— geographic, scientific, musical, artistic and culinary. Read More..
Fall Flavours
Fall Flavours
The harvest season is in full swing and with plenty of local food to enjoy, it's the perfect time to explore farm markets. With that in mind, we toured four nearby farms and asked growers to share their favourite fall recipes. Along with mouthwatering culinary submissions, the farmers interviewed offered up delicious details on their markets including the latest news on seasonal events, interesting crops and tips on enjoying this season's bounty. Read More..
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