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Store-bought holiday helpers

Soon to be Christmas, friend Lindsay wrote on the invitation to her annual craft fair. Once visitors have admired her exquisite silver jewelry, she plies them with mulled wine and her famous mincemeat tarts with brandy butter. Lindsay may be the only Canadian cooking from scratch this holiday season. With all the festive snacks, appetizers, mains and desserts filling supermarket shelves, entertaining friends … Continue reading

DIY vanilla a bust

It’s been more than six months since I filled a glass bottle with Ketel One vodka, added a vanilla bean split in half, tightened the cap and left it in a cool, dark place – the basement – to infuse. The bottle and bean came from the Hawaiian Vanilla Co., a hilltop plantation on the … Continue reading

Crazy for coconut

Crazy for coconut

When did the world go crazy for coconut? I was completely oblivious to the world’s hottest New Health Craze until a shiny blue tetra pak of O.N.E. Coconut Water appeared on my doorstep a few months back. Since there’s nothing more delicious than slurping fresh coconut juice from a green coconut in the Caribbean – … Continue reading

Try Italian sushi!

Try Italian sushi!

If Torontonians can be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, why shouldn’t we all be a little Italian for a day? Santa Maria Foods in Brampton, which owns the Mastro and San Daniele brands and imports Lavazza coffee, took over St. Lawrence Market June 1 to show off their brand new ready-to-heat pork back ribs and … Continue reading

Stand up for sausage

Stand up for sausage

I’ve eaten more pork in the past week than I’ve probably eaten in the past year. All in the name of research, of course. I even got some grilling tips from a pro. The Fletcher’s smokies, or smoked sausages, arrived at my doorstep in a cooler bag. Since they’re already cooked, I figured they’d be … Continue reading

TO’s best gelato?

TO’s best gelato?

There’s no better time to scout out great gelato than a sun-blasted holiday weekend. G for Gelato and Espresso, at the corner of Jarvis and Adelade, opened last November. The G stands for Gerardo and Giuseppina Polsinelli, who began selling homemade gelato from a refrigerated cart on a bicycle in the 1960s in the town … Continue reading

Scrunched lunch

Scrunched lunch

Need a lunchbox? Check out the brand new Pop’n Go collapsible silicone boxes from Swissmar, famous for its fondue and raclette sets. These deep, durable containers quickly collapse to half their size. When you’ve finished eating simply flatten the box, snap on the tight-fitting lid and throw it in your backpack or purse for the … Continue reading

Mini morsels

Mini morsels

Mini desserts remain a hot trend in the restaurant world, so Toronto’s Allan Candy Co. decided to create their own small indulgence for candy lovers. You probably know Allan as the chocolate Easter rabbit people with bunny ears in their name. The first four flavours of these soft chewy bites, the size of rabbit droppings, … Continue reading

Beyond tofu

Beyond tofu

Though I often walk by the refrigerated tofu section in the supermarket, I never walk by the Bean Ladies’ booth at the One of a Kind show in Toronto without buying a few bags of roasted soybean snacks. Identical twins Jamie Miles and Julie Ryder have a new retail store in Brampton, but they seem … Continue reading

History in the Breaking

On March 24, at noon, Eastern time, staff at more than 250 Loblaws banners across Canada picked up knives and prepared to attack an unsuspecting wheel of cheese. Their goal – to earn a Guinness World Record for the most wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano ever cracked open simultaneously. And they did it! According to Guinness officials, … Continue reading