Food & Drink
Collingwood is home to a gourmet tasting bar, specializing in olive oils and artisanal balsamic vinegars More
Ruby red, tart-tasting cranberries make a simple sauce that is the perfect complement to the traditional holiday turkey. But they can also add some bright flavour to baked goods, salads and appetizers. More
With the holiday entertaining season revving up, it's the perfect time for an appetizer story. With that in mind, we asked a handful of chefs and food professionals to offer up their favourite recipes for festive hors d'oeuvres. The results are downright delicious! Read More..
The holiday season and chocolate go hand in hand. With that in mind, GoodLife tracked down various local chocolatiers to learn more about their mouthwatering creations. Here's a sampling of some of the region's best chocolate makers. Read More..
It's the festive season, when family comes first in our thoughts. Of course, friends dropping by for special weekend dinners and winter evening parties also come into vogue. Read More..
As summer slowly winds down, folks convene in their city backyards, cottage decks and porches to share light food that sings in the humidity and sizzling heat. Read More..
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. Read More..
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. Read More..
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. Read More..
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..
Local food producers, shops and restaurants are catering to this growing market Read More..
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..
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..
The recipe for this delicious twist on tacos is courtesy of chef Carol Smith of Donaleigh's Irish Public House. Enjoy! Read More..
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..
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..
Barrie's top bartenders and restaurateurs share their favourite holiday drink recipes. Read More..