Food & Drink
Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday feast. I love the savoury dishes, roast birds and pumpkin pie for dessert. At my mother's table, there was always something new along with the traditional recipes. Whether it was roast duck with orange sauce or a spread with 23 different vegetables (we counted), it was always a meal to be remembered. I would like to carry on her tradition and update the classics while still creating a Thanksgiving meal with the same comforting flavours. Changing the type of fowl you serve can be a wonderful way to update your menu. There are many different varieties of birds readily available, whether at the farm gate or at the butcher. Cornish hens are a great choice as they are quick to cook and beautiful to serve whole on a platter. Traditional sides are updated with a new ingredient or two cider and spices for a mulled cranberry sauce or mascarpone for a richer mashed potato. We finish it all off with a pumpkin cheesecake and pear crisp. All these recipes serve 4 to 6. Happy Thanksgiving! More
Historically speaking, for craft beer lovers, we are in the age of enlightenment. It has simply never been a better time to love craft beer. Worldwide brewers are handcrafting exceptional quality beer, while pushing the boundaries of the beer lover's pallet on a daily basis. Here in Ontario, the craft beer market is booming. New breweries are starting up on what feels like a monthly basis. Any bar, pub or restaurant that is even halfway respectable has craft beer on tap. The LCBO is firmly behind our craft brewers providing help with marketing and distribution. Even the Ontario government is trying to get on the bandwagon by updating beer distribution laws to open the market for our local breweries. While things have never been better, I ask the question, where did is all start? More
The local harvest season is in full swing. From orchard crisp apples to garden fresh zucchini, Simcoe County growers have plenty to offer. With that in mind, we asked a handful of food producers, restauranteurs and farmers to share some of their favourite fall recipes. Here's what they served up. More
The summer entertaining season is back. And that means al fresco parties, barbecues and summertime vacations. While the times are fab, summer entertaining and getaways can also mean plenty of extra calories. From fruity cocktails and poolside chips and dip, to burgers and beer, it's easy to pack on a few extra pounds during the warmer months. Read More..
Touro Churrascaria serves up steak and more, Brazilian style. Read More..
On a warm summer evening it is great to cool down with a nice summer salad. Whether it is chock full of fresh berries or vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes, salads are one of summer's finest meals. Using the amazing lettuces grown in your garden or sourced from your local farmers market, the freshness of a summer salad is the best expression of what a vegetable garden has to offer. Mussels are a great accompaniment to a summer salad or a light supper on their own, especially when served with homemade frites. Mussels pair well with the lighter styles of beer and white wine that are so refreshing in the summer. The Thai Mussels would pair nicely with a citrusy pale ale, the Saffron Mussels would be delightful with a buttery chardonnay and the Moules Frites would pair well with a Belgian style beer. Read More..
With summer harvest ripe for the picking, Chef Michael Clive tells us how grilling foods offers the ultimate culinary experience Read More..
Mandie and Mark Murphy, the husband and wife team behind Left Field Brewery (est. 2013), are baseball fanatics who love beer so much they turned a home-brewing hobby into a baseball-themed brewery. They can't be more excited for the 2015 season. Left Field has an awesome opening line-up of beers, including its Maris Pale Ale. Read More..
The health of honeybees is a constant worry for Peter and Sandi Dickey. The last three years have been a struggle, confesses Sandi Dickey, who owns and operates Dickey Bee Honey in Cookstown with her husband, Peter, a fourth generation beekeeper. Last year, we lost almost 50 per cent of our honeybees. Normal loss is usually between 10 to 15 per cent Read More..
Nothing says summer like a lakeside barbecue! With ribs, chicken and lobster there will be something for everyone. Lobster can be boiled on the side burner of your barbecue to save space for your racks of ribs and whole chicken. A grill basket with soaked wood chips is a great way to start experimenting with a smoky flavour, or even add dried chilies for a spicier flavour. Time to enjoy the flavours of summer. Read More..
For many of us, this means hosting friends and family around the big screen, so it's time to stock up on some awesome Ontario Craft beers to serve at the game. Read More..
Chiaro Ristorante's meticulous details give it undeniable charm and character. Read More..
A sweet and inviting aroma of buttery, sugary goodness greets you as soon as you open the door to Nutmeg Bakeshop. Mmmmmmmmm. The friendly, simple space at the south end of Newmarket's historic Main Street is reminiscent of a bakery from the past: Fresh white walls, a large chalkboard detailing today's specials, a single glass case filled with goodies, exposed brick and wood beams. No frills, no fuss. Read More..
Alfresco dining is one of life's great pleasures and what better time than late spring or early summer to enjoy a beautiful meal outside with friends and family? Whether you're hiking a trail, visiting a local park or simply enjoying your backyard, the combination of fresh air and fresh ingredients is irresistible. This menu is a nod to a French pique-nique and incorporates Ontario produce including smoked trout, summer berries and farmers' market vegetables. With summer arriving, its time to get outside! Read More..
In 1995, three 20-somethings opened a restaurant named Terra at 8199 Yonge St. in Thornhill. Fast forward two decades and Terra has become a well-known staple in the fine-dining community and is clearly doing something right as it celebrates 20 years of serving customers. Read More..