News From The Cold Cellar

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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Melting Chocolate Hearts For Valentines
February 4

It seems like every restaurant you go to serves chocolate cake, especially a molten one – cakey on the outside with an irresistible centre of warm, oozing, dark chocolate flowing on the inside. Created by a famous French chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this dessert is in a class by itself. We love to show students how […]

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Getting Game Day Ready
January 21

Donna-Marie couldn’t tell you the difference between a first down or a touchdown (Maria’s a far better football fan) but she earns her keep at the party for the game day food she brings along. Her happy place is in the kitchen BUT she always emerges in time for dancing when the likes of Justin […]

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Cleaning Out The Fridge For Chili
January 10

Happy New Year! If you are anything like us, the New Year is always the time for a clean slate. We get all gung-ho on changing our eating habits after all the holiday indulging (and from holiday we mean Thanksgiving to New Years!) So now it’s time to rein it in and make some subtle […]

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Getting Into The Instant Pot Craze
December 21

Well, we totally caved and bought into the craze – the Instant Pot craze. Like hoverboards and selfie sticks, the Instant Pot has become a cultural phenomenon that people simply can’t stop talking about. Completely a Canadian invention, this new kitchen electric appliance burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. Think of it […]

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How To Make A Bûche de Noël
December 15

The Bûche de Noël or “yule log” is a classic French dessert. While there are many recipes on how to do it, we like to keep it as simple as possible.  The meringue mushrooms are not imperative, but they do take it over the top.  Don’t forget the sprinkling of icing sugar for “snow”. Here’s our version. […]

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How To Make A Pan Sauce
December 4

Anyone can elevate a dish by being able to make a simple pan sauce. In classic French cooking there are five basic mother sauces, but anyone can easily make two simple ones by just understanding the techniques and not worry about a recipe. Here’s all the ingredients you will need. meat of choice 2 shallots […]

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Enjoying The Holidays With A Vegan Twist
November 27

Navigating the holiday buffet can be a difficult task for the vegan eater. Charcuterie boards laden with assorted cheeses, meats and dips or desserts and sweets made with eggs, butter and other dairy products make it difficult for people who choose to a vegan lifestyle. While the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian” are sometimes used interchangeably, […]

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Exchanging Friendship Through Cookies
November 12

Have your invitations started to arrive? You know the ones, to the annual holiday cookie exchange? Our friend Kelly has hosted an annual event for the past few years. Really, this is just an excuse for the girls to hang out, catch up and casually indulge in some high calorie treats, prior to the craziness […]

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Keeping Sunday Supper Traditions Alive
October 29

In 1975, eight Calgary-based women who all played in the same bridge club, headed off on a girls weekend. What started out we are sure as a chance to escape for a little getaway from family routines, spawned a series of Canadian cookbooks that have sold over four million cookbooks. For over 40 years, the […]

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How To Make A Cheesecake
September 30

  BASE 2 cups Pulse in food processor until fine crumbs ADD-IN Substitute any for 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese FLAVOURS Choose up to 2 SPICES Choose up to 4 for a total of 2 tsp ground TOPPINGS Optional GARNISH Up to 3, optional Graham Crackers Vanilla wafers Chocolate wafers Gingersnaps   Any of […]

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