Serviceberry Ice

When we find our hands filled with summer’s bounty–this year earlier than usual in spring–our natural reaction seems to be to preserve it as jams or jellies or to bake with it, usually as pies, tarts, or cakes.  Admittedly, the “we” who preserve or bake from scratch with fresh, seasonal produce is an exclusive group…. 

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Heat fix, Ice Cream doughnuts

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health upgrades the heat alert for Toronto to an extreme heat alert today, sending everyone running for the closest Air conditioned haven. Preferably one selling a variety of ice creams, sorbets or gelatos. I tweaked a doughnut recipe that I’ve used in the past, stuffing it with some roasted pineapple ice… 

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Canada Day Pig Out Party

As Kaitlin Kiss started to sing the Canadian National anthem, a sea of hands raised Buddha dogs on Elizabeth street in Picton, Ontario for a few reasons. To salute Canada’s birthday, Buddha dog’s 5th anniversary, and the attempt to set a world record for ‘most hotdogs eaten by as many people simultaneously’. Canada day was… 

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iYellow Wine School VQ’EH Part 2

The iYellow Wine Club was launched in 2006 with a goal of making wine knowledge more accessible to everyone. Four years later, the “club” (there is no cost to become a member) has around 5000 members and  is gaining new members each and everyday. The iYellow Wine Club offers members ways to learn about wine… 

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Wine Wednesday – Megalomaniac Homegrown 2006

Megalomaniac (John Howard Cellars of Distinction) Homegrown Riesling Vineyard 4379$12.95, LCBO 183061 Megalomaniac is a winery that caught my eye when I saw their 2006 Narcissist Riesling listed at Jaipur Grille in Toronto a few years ago. I was instantly drawn to the name – it’s no surprise that someone as involved in social media… 

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An Ontario Story for Every Taste

It is time for the 2010 Trillium Book Award nominees and winner to be announced.  As part of the week’s festivities each of the seventeen nominees for the Ontario government’s award for English and French books and poetry were matched with a local beer or wine and showcased at Toronto’s new Thompson Hotel.  The connection… 

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Wine Wednesday – Vineland Estates Chenin Blanc 2008

Wine WednesdayVineland Estates 2008 Chenin Blanc$16.95 from winery at www.vineland.com When I started learning about wine one of the things I learned first was that although aromas, flavours and textures vary within varietals, there are usually a few “buzz words” one can associate with certain types of wines – Riesling is “citrusy”, Sauvignon Blanc is… 

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