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Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste. Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake. Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also,...

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Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

  When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet and nutritious, the pecan lends itself to nearly endless holiday menu inspiration. It hasn’t been an easy year for the pecan industry, but you can support American pecan growers and #PledgePecans – that’s a promise to add one more pecan-friendly...

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Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days

There’s almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter. Combining classic flavors and a blend of comforting spices, this Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Soup is a warm-up waiting to happen on a cold day. For a hearty breakfast option, Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins can feed the whole family – simply bake the flavorful pastries a day ahead then warm the morning of for a quick, hot breakfast. If the craving for comfort food strikes when you don’t have time for a home-cooked dish, consider scratch-made options available at restaurants like Sweet Tomatoes...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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Simple Yet Stunning

  Set the menu for easy entertaining One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more...

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Bring Tuscany to the Table, Simple, Flavorful Recipes for Fall Entertaining

Take time this fall to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends. Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients. With a passion for the simplicity of Italian food and homemade Tuscan cooking, Italian-American chef Laura Vitale, host of “Laura in the Kitchen,” traveled to the small town of Lucca, Italy, where she reconnected with a region rooted in heritage, experienced rich traditions and embraced “The Tuscan Way” in crafting...

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Slimming Down for Spring with Chef Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard Ingraham, private chef to actress Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade. He is focusing on developing delicious, flavorful recipes that help his celebrity clientele reach their peak performance. His cookbook is Eating Well to Win  and readers will be surprised to find that Chef Richard’s take on some traditional dishes are on the healthier side. Chef Ingraham has shared with us recipes for Garlic Shrimp in a White Bean Ragu, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Carrot Cake Trifle with Walnut Quinoa Brittle. Some lighter fare that won’t weigh you down before or after hitting the gym! Garlic...

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Bouchon Bakery & Cafe’s Croque Madame

The Croque Madame, a French café staple, is the ideal quick, savory lunch, and some even say it is the perfect hangover cure. The French call it “the cure all”; Americans call it “amazing.” It’s also perfect for dinner (with a salad), a snack or when entertaining. Of course The French would take the pedestrian ham-and-cheese sandwich and elevate it on a culinary pedestal and accent it with a creamy Mornay sauce. It’s what they do. And you can do it, too. We went behind the scenes with Luther Dowdy, Chef de Cuisine at Bouchon Bakery & Café, who shared...

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Manuka Honey Hot Toddy: Delicious and Good for You

If you haven’t already heard of Manuka honey, take note. Not only does it taste delicious, it has been widely recognized for its natural powerhouse qualities. Unlike most honeys found in the supermarket,  Manuka Health MGO™ Honey derives from the Manuka plant, found only in New Zealand. Every jar tested, packed and sealed can be traced directly back to the beekeeper. To beat the chill of these last cold weeks of winter, Marlon Tulaszewski, bartender at Polo Bar and Ardent Hospitality, has created a delicious and easy to follow recipe for a MockToddy. Follow these few simple steps for...

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Chinese Soul Food

Today kicks off Chinese New Year 2018 and the Spring Festival will be celebrated through March 2. It’s the Year of the Dog. Don’t just order take-out, why not try cooking at home. Grab your wok and a copy of Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir-Fries, Soups, and More by Hsia-Ching Chou. If you want to jump right in you’ll find three of her classic recipes below; Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), Red-Braised Pork Belly and Dry-Fried Green Beans. Hsiao-Ching Chou is an award-winning food journalist, cooking instructor and author.  Chinese Soul Food is a collection of 80...

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Game Day Party Grilling Tips and Finger-Licking Recipes

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and it’s time to start thinking about your menu, especially if you are hosting a Super Bowl Party! Have a game plan by prepping all your favorite foods ahead of time to avoid fumbling with marinades and charred meat. This year, Coyote Outdoor Living teamed up with Chef Jonathan Collins also known as The Outdoors Chef and Mirlandra Kitchen to help you be the MVP of your Super Bowl party with grilling tips and mouth-watering recipes for your party! Chef Collins is enthusiastic, approachable, cooking style resonates with viewers on BT Toronto, City line, CTV Ottawa Morning Live, Today’s Shopping Choice and CBC’s The Goods and Steven and Chris. Grilling and party tips from Jim Ginocchi, president of Coyote Outdoor Living: Allow time to warm up: Pre-heating your grill is essential to having a successful cookout. Light your grill and wait 10-15 minutes before putting any food on it. Limit the turnovers: You can’t get those classic grill marks by turning over your meat as many times as the opposing quarterback turns the ball over. Take your time and turn the meat 90 degrees after a couple minutes of grill time to get those mouthwatering marks. Keep the helmet on: Once the food is on the grill, keep the cover closed for optimal results. The two-minute warning: Ran out of cold ones late in the game? Finish the party strong with the...

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Summer Cocktails From Sparkling Ice and Santa Margherita Wines

Are you looking for some fresh summer cocktails to spice up your menu? Just in time for your next get-together, cookout or girls’ night, here are some fabulous recipes courtesy of Sparkling Ice and Santa Margherita Wines. Mix one up tonight to embrace the changing season or to try these vendors for the first time. Whatever your reason is, you won’t be disappointed with these delicious, fruity cocktails. Peachy Keen Cocktail Ingredients: Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore 3 fresh peaches, pitted and halved ½ fresh ginger, chopped 3 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 cups crushed ice Directions: Place...

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