News From The Cold Cellar

It’s Love At Peach Bite
August 19

I declared my love of the peach when I was 17 years old. In fact it was the first dessert dish I made for my then “boyfriend” and now “husband” in August of 1980 that set me on my road to study the culinary arts and nutrition.  I am reminded every summer of how much […]

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Moving Can Be Such Sweet Sorrow
August 6

Moving is one of the most stressful things you will ever do. This has certainly been the situation for Maria and I over the past few months, as we have packed up our kitchen studio and store and transplanted our seven-year old business from our vintage uptown Waterloo location to a new, more modern space […]

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Waxing Prophetically Over Beans
July 22

July and August are undoubtedly our favourite season for local produce. There are beans, tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, new potatoes – oh so many to choose from. Every Sunday in the summer Donna-Marie makes the trek across town to Herrles Country Farm Market where she “waxes” prophetically over which vegetables are going to make it […]

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Vegetarian Vietnam
July 10

It’s always exciting to see where chefs land in their careers. Such is the case with Cameron Stauch, a locally born and raised young man, who studied international business at McGill before deciding to follow his culinary passion to the Stratford Chef’s school. His illustrious career has given him the opportunity to cook for the […]

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Kicking Off Summer With A Punch
June 24

This week marks the end of the first half of 2018. It also marks the official start of summer and the traditional weekend trek for many of us to the cottage. Donna-Marie’s family heads away to Fenelon Falls, the summer home of her husband’s extended family. The weekend includes a trip through Little Britain for butter […]

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Make No Mis-Steaks For Father’s Day!
June 10

Around our homes, Father’s Day means three things – some quiet time, an ice cold beer in hand and a delicious steak dinner. So flank steak has become the dinner of choice. It is easy to grill, its flavour can be boosted with a quick marinade or rub and it’s very versatile.  It can be […]

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Surviving The Madness Of A Move
May 30

If you are a regular visitor to Relish, you may have heard we are moving! Yes, after seven years on Regina Street, we are making a move around the corner to Victoria Street. Packing up is never easy, but my goodness, we have certainly accumulated a few too many kitchen tools. So it’s a good […]

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Preparing For A Royal Wedding Celebration
May 13

With Maria off on a culinary tour of Sicily and an impending move of our business to Kitchener at the end of the month, Donna-Marie and staff are holding down the Relish fort. But if you know Donna-Marie, her eager anticipation of the Royal wedding this coming weekend has been on her calendar for the […]

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Pizza For Mom – At Breakfast
April 29

Twenty-five years ago, Maria and I each celebrated our first Mother’s Day – she with her new daughter Eliana and mine with daughter Darcy. While we didn’t know each other in those early days, life eventually brought us together and all five of our combined children have stories of travels, extra curricular activities and high […]

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Spring Cleaning For Wellness
April 17

Do you take the time spring clean? It’s a term we use a lot to signify that it is time to emerge from our winter hibernation, open the windows, shake out the carpets and let a new spring season come into our homes. There is a lot of spring-cleaning happening at Relish. If you are […]

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Throwing An English Tea Party
April 3

Three years ago this past spring, Donna-Marie took a trip to visit her daughter, who at the time was living and working in England. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Highclere Castle more famously known as the setting for the much loved PBS television series Downton Abbey. A trip to an English […]

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Taking A Non-Stick Pan To The Next Level
March 18

Have you been looking to upgrade your non-stick cookware? A good non-stick pan is a must in every kitchen, but given the recent concerns about the long-term health effects of using them, this can be a bit of a challenge. Non-stick cookware is excellent for cooking many types of dishes, since it will help the […]

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How To Make Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie
March 9

Homemade Lemon Meringue Pie can’t be beat, but it can be a little tricky to make. It doesn’t like too much humidity, it doesn’t like to be over mixed, under mixed or overcooked.  So it’s any wonder many people would just rather purchase one already done.  But given a little patience and a few basic […]

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Potato Skins Make A Perfect St. Paddy’s Day Pi
March 4

March signals two fun dates on the calendar – Pi (14th) and St. Patrick’s Day (17th). Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant Pi (3.14) and the “techie”crowd in this city enjoy poking a little fun mid-month. But of course the revelry gets a little crazy on St. Patrick’s Day, especially in […]

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Warming Up With A Winter Curry
February 21

Just when we seem to get a little taste of sun and warmth, the cold comes back once again. But that’s what living in southern Ontario is all about. For us winter is an opportunity to cook some of our favourite comfort foods. We demonstrated this vegetarian dish in a recent cooking class called “Sunday […]

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