News From The Cold Cellar

Ready For Some Spring Cleaning
April 19

With the college/university school year coming to a close shortly, my daughter and I have decided to participate in the KW Cleanse for the next 10 days. It’s an annual event hosted by True Wellness Integrative Health Centre and brings together individuals and businesses that inspire health and wellbeing. The Health Expo is Thursday April […]

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Resolution Reset
March 19

Remember in early winter you resolved to eat better? And then winter laughed at your resolve tossing not one but several bad eating holidays onto your calendar – nacho-football Sundays, chocolate-laden Valentines, pancake Tuesday and not exactly at a time when days are outside exercise friendly and there is a bevy of fresh produce available. […]

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Hygge – The New Norse Code
March 5

There’s a new lifestyle trend totally taking the world by storm and we can totally see why. We were recently invited to join a hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) evening and our clients asked us if we could help them make our Moroccan Lemon Chicken Stew for their group. Simply put, hygge is the Nordic obsession with […]

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Thank You Stuart MacLean
February 20

Last week, Canada lost one of it best storytellers, Stuart MacLean. Our Relish staff fell in love with his CBC Vinyl Café stories, and often found ourselves tuning in to the podcast version when preparing for cooking classes. The ongoing tales of Dave, his long-suffering wife Morley and their children Stephanie and Sam provided hours […]

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Cooking For The One You Love
February 5

If you love to cook as much as we do, you’ll know we love to bring food to life in any form. From our Cooking The Books book club we read books dedicated around food themes, we travel to countries and teach cooking classes based our culinary travel experiences and we bring cookbook stories to […]

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Time To Add A Splash of Sunshine
January 22

During these cold winter months when juicy peaches and plump berries are but a distant memory, it’s the season to savour citrus. Perhaps our appetites know that subliminally its cold season, but as soon as these gems hit the store shelves we seem inhale everything from tiny clementines to sweet tangerines and ruby red grapefruit. […]

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Cook Once For Easy Breakfast All Week
January 8

Are you a fan of oatmeal for breakfast? This is the time of year when my slow cooker sits on my kitchen counter daily and I even use it for making my morning oatmeal; nothing like a bowl of hot, tender, pearly oats, all creamy and delicious. The trick to making slow cooker oatmeal is […]

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It’s All In The Spirit of Giving Back
January 1

As we bid farewell to 2016, Maria and I would like to thank you for your support and patronage this past year.  It’s been a pleasure passing along our love of cooking and all things “food and kitchen” as we continue to grow and expand our business.  We survived the “construction” season in UpTown Waterloo […]

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Tourtiere Makes A Perfect Appetizer Too
December 18

Christmas Eve always holds a special place in our hearts. As a child, Maria would gather with her large extended Italian family at Nonna and Nonno’s and share a traditional Christmas Eve feast, playing cards late into the evening while Donna-Marie’s British roots would have her family “visiting” grandparents and cousins in Toronto for the […]

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How To Make The Best Chocolate Bark
December 17

Holiday gift giving couldn’t be easier when you make your own gifts from the kitchen.  One of the easiest and favourite treats is chocolate bark.  It’s fun to make and people love it! The biggest trick is melting the chocolate properly.  This technique is called tempering.  This ensures the bark has a glossy sheen and […]

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Twelve Days of Giveaways
December 7

It’s the most wonderful season of all!  It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but we want to spread some holiday cheer from our kitchen to yours!  Everyday from December 10 to December 21 we will be giving away some of our favourite gifts  from some of our favourite brands like […]

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DON’T MAKE THESE KNIFE MISTAKES
November 29

Cooking is a craft, and just as a carpenter or mechanic needs certain tools, so does the chef. While I often lament the fact that my tools and equipment at the cooking school are so much better than the ones I have at home, I can honestly say, I have had great knives for over […]

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Turkey & And The Trimmings
December 1

Nothing inspires more as much family love and jealousy as who makes the best turkey and stuffing.  And heaven forbid, if we dare change up the recipe either.  This recipe is surprisingly simple and is always a family favourite on our holiday table. A few tips before you make it: Start with dried bread.  I […]

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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING THE EASY WAY
November 17

We like entertaining, especially for the holiday season.  However, we like to find ways to make some quick shortcuts, but still have time to enjoy family and friends.  If you made it to our HOLIDAY VIP Event, here’s our recipes you sampled.  If you were not able to make it, well give them a try […]

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Apples And Spice And All Things Nice
October 26

A lot of people return to baking once the fall appears and activities in our cooking studio reflect that season too. But there are those people who just don’t try, thinking they can’t be successful at it. That’s why we are thrilled to have former Canadian Living Television personality and pastry chef Daphna Rabinovitch coming […]

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