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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,...

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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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Chill Out This Summer with Chill Factor Cocktails

Imagine a hot, sunny day. You’ve had the air conditioning on full blast your whole drive home from work, but you’ve still sweating. You need to kick back from everything that happened at work today; the overbearing bosses, the inept interns, and the restricting business attire all need to melt away. What you want, right in that second, is a frozen cocktail. There’s no time to wait for the drink to freeze–you need it now! What is the solution? Chill Factor’s line of Rapid Freeze Technology products.   Using this technology, they’ve created slushy makers, ice cream makers, and...

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Green Pea & Mint Soup

A simple spring soup recipe from Chef Katherine Frelon. This recipe came out of the Love Your Local Market Market Basket Challenge. It is perfect for quickly serving a hungry crowd and a great way to try out inspirational treats from the Borough Market producers. Try it with my trio of bruschette. Serves 8-10, Prep 10 mins, Cook 15 mins INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 bunch of spring onions, cleaned and finely chopped 2kg petit pois 4 potatoes, peeled and diced 4 cloves of garlic, smoked if you can find it 2½ litres vegetable or chicken stock, hot 3 tbsp...

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Beach Cocktails

If you’re celebrating this weekend a new cocktail recipe book Beach Cocktails might put a spin in your cocktail shaker. From Cinco de Mayo fiestas to The Kentucky Derby, these recipes will get you in the mood for beach season and beyond. Matador Pineapple juice infuses this tequila tipple with true tropical flavor. Serves 1 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) white tequila 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice 1/2 teaspoon (about 1/16 ounce) Simple Syrup (below) Garnishes: pineapple chunk, lime wedge Combine the first 3 ingredients and, if desired, the Simple...

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Easy-Peasy May Day Cake

Chef Katherine Frelon shares her easy-peasy recipe for lemon drizzle cake. Perfect for your May Day celebration. This makes such a pretty centre piece and you don’t have to be a great baker or arty to achieve it! I decorate a cake board with fondant icing or use a lovely cake stand wide enough for the round cake and the cupcakes. You can buy a two-tiered victoria sponge or lemon drizzle from the Market or for those who wish to make the cake themselves, I have included my grandmother’s recipe for lemon drizzle cake.- Chef Katherine Frelon INGREDIENTS For...

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Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon

During October of 2008, I had the pleasure of discovering Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, Oregon, while on a trip with my late husband Norm and dear friend Brenda Hill. It is almost ten years later and Gogi’s is still thriving. Two brothers, chef Gabriel Murphy who runs the kitchen and Jonoah Murphy who runs the front of the house including the bar, own this successful establishment that continues to please its customers. Gogi’s is located at the foot of the lovely Britt Gardens. The Murphy brothers pride themselves on using local organic products whenever possible, with much of it coming...

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Sipping Rum Recipes

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is an exquisite sipping rum carefully crafted from the purest of sugar cane honeys. Its aromatic complexity and elegant balance have made this award winning rum a reference among connoisseurs and rum lovers around the world. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is produced from sugar cane honeys. It is delicately distilled by Master Blender Tito Cordero, in ancient copper pot stills and aged in small oak casks for up to twelve years. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva has a distinctive nose with notes of maple syrup, orange peel, brown sugar and liquorice. The palate evokes sweet toffee fudge and has a seductive...

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Celebrations at Home

Home entertaining is not what it used to be. Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, readers can become quickly overwhelmed by all the DIY possibilities, themes and decorations. It’s hard to know where to begin, especially when you’re new to party planning. How can you make your home the most welcoming, decorations the most charming and food the most appetizing, all while not losing yourself to the stress? Chris Nease makes it easy with her blog, Celebrations at Home. Founded in 2008 from her Richmond, Virginia home, Chris brings fifteen years’ worth of expertise to her blog. She...

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Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy

You’ll not find Sam Zien, known as “Sam the Cooking Guy,” cooking in a restaurant or local pub. Instead, you are more apt to discover him when flipping through the channels on TV. This fourteen-time Emmy winner is a firm believer in “food that is big in taste and small in effort.” He’s the guy who shows you the easy way to cook and who provides tips. Unlike the majority of chefs I’ve interviewed, Sam did not know at an early age that he wanted to cook. As you read my interview with him, you may be surprised at...

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Whiskey Girl Celebrates National Whiskey Day

Attention, world: Whiskey is not just a dude drink. Like guys, girls can drink whiskey straight up playing poker. Girls can drink whiskey in a hotel bar waiting for a blind date. Girls can also drink de-freaking-licious whiskey mixed drinks while they’re pre-gaming a night downtown to the hottest new club. So now that we have cleared up that little myth, let us bring to your attention that today, Saturday, May 21, 2016, is World Whiskey Day! We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite recipes from Whiskey Girl. So pick one (or all five!), gather together your...

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