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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

Better Butter

Chef Lynn Crawford and her team put on quite a spread this week at Ruby WatchCo in downtown TO in honour of Stirling Creamery butter, churned in Stirling, Ontario. The evening began with spiced rum cocktails rimmed with brown butter and coarse sugar, followed by shrimp poached in butter, hush puppies dabbed in honey butter, … Continue reading

Ducking Publicity

If you love duck, and fancy a Sunday drive up Hwy 404, stop in at the tiny retail shop of King Cole Ducks, which raises and processes two million pekin ducks a year. The cooler is well-stocked with fresh and frozen duck at prices that are positively ducky. You’ll find fresh and smoked breasts, frozen … Continue reading


A few years back, I interviewed MaryGrace Sexton, CEO of Orchid Island Juice Co. in Fort Pierce, Florida, for a citrus story. Two days later, a Styrofoam box full of juice landed on my doorstep – enough for the entire neighbourhood. It tasted so fresh and rich, everyone wanted to know where to buy it. … Continue reading

Soup in a Box

Tomato soup fans, your lunch awaits. Mastronardi Produce Ltd. in Leamington is preparing to launch a soup kit in a cello-wrapped box under its Sunset brand. Each $4.99 kit will contain six gloriously red and picture-perfect greenhouse tomatoes on the vine, a packet of seasoning and a packet of croutons. The recipe is simple: dice … Continue reading

Say Brie!

I finally met Albert Borgo of Quality Cheese Inc. in Vaughan, cheese master behind Bella Casara buffalo mozzarella and creamy white rounds of fior di latte, my personal favourite. Borgo says he teamed up with an English cheesemaker last year to learn how to make brie cheese with pasteurized milk that’s just as flavourful as … Continue reading