News From The Cold Cellar

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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You Had Me At Rhubarb!
May 14

Almost every spring when the weather begins to get just a little warmer, we start to become obsessed with creating a dish or two that can become our signature recipe for the season. Something we make that we can take away on cottage weekends, hikes on the Bruce Trail or something that is welcome at […]

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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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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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