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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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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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Creating A Cookbook Just For Kids, By Kids
October 9

“How would you like to write a cookbook with me?” said local resident Nancy Silcox to her three granddaughters, Avery, Mae and Clara. A simple question that began a project, which has produced a wonderful new cookbook, called Kids In The Kitchen – 80 Recipes by Kids, To Kids, For Kids. Quizzing her granddaughter’s classmates […]

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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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How To Make Coffee Cake
September 30

While there are many types of cakes we like to make a Relish, nothing beats a simple coffee cake.  Coffee cake can be defined as a moist, tender butter cake that is topped with a crumb topping and its the topping that sets it apart from other types of cakes. A coffee cake might have […]

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Getting Your Hands Into The Pie
September 17

Over the years we have made a lot of pie mistakes. Doughy crusts, undercooking filling, stuck to the bottom of the oven stuff – you name it, we’ve done it. Pie isn’t as difficult as you may think. The first step is always just trying it. With the last of the summer stone fruit and […]

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Extending The Summer Into Fall
September 3

While the Farmers Almanac is calling for an extended summer, the routines of school and extra-curricular activities are back. Yes, those lazy days of casual dinners and snacking-on-the-go are over. With life about to get a lot busier, we like to stock our pantry with staple ingredients for easy to make meals. Items like fresh […]

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Lessons Learned At Summer Camp
August 20

Summer cooking camps have come to an end for another season. This year, our kids learned about how science plays a major role in making food come to life in the kitchen. We volunteered at the Working Centre’s community garden at the Hacienda Sarria, learned to make meals without recipes, created fermented and pickled dishes […]

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Freezing Herbs Packs A Great Meal Punch!
August 6

This is undoubtedly our favourite season of all. As we mentioned in our last article, our vegetable gardens are brimming with produce, and just browsing the farmers markets it is clear we are at the height of the growing season. It’s easy to take for granted the bounty that is at our fingertips, so it’s […]

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Making Good Use of Garden Zucchini
July 23

Donna-Marie’s vegetable garden is seriously on steroids this summer. Her husband Lawrence had garden bed envy after his friend Ashley Gibson redesigned his last year, transforming his ground level gardens to raised garden beds. After two months of growing, the plants are almost small trees and they will soon have more zucchini and tomatoes than […]

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Beginning a Life of Wedded Bliss
July 9

Do you remember throwing your first dinner party, post-wedding vows? For many young couples it’s the same as before they were married but you have the added benefit of breaking out the new, shiny wedding gifts from your registry and ditching the joint collection of chipped and mismatched kitchenware you’ve been holding onto since you […]

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Celebrating Canada with An Updated Canadian Classic Buttertart
June 28

If you had to answer one truly Canadian dish, what might yours be? For us buttertarts come to mind. They are uniquely Canadian, probably adapted from old-fashioned sugar or maple syrup pies. They fly in the face of all political correctness – they are high in calories, high in sugar, completely decadent but we are […]

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Turning Cauliflower On It’s Head
June 12

Have you been on social media lately and seen the array of quickie how-to cooking videos that seem to be popping up in every other newsfeed? Now most of the time, we tend to ignore them, but a video-recipe for buffalo-ed cauliflower recently mesmerized us. New York based Chef Dale Talde is known for taking […]

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