News From The Cold Cellar

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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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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