Category: Food & Entertaining

Creole-Style Bean Soup

Ontario bean growers grow some of the best white pea beans (or navy beans) in the world. Added to this Creole-inspired recipe, they bump up the protein and fibre content to make for a delicious filling soup. Creole-Style Bean Soup Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 90 minutes Makes: 4 servings Ingredients: • 2 1/2 cups […]

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Creative Ways to Enjoy Granola Bars

Granola bars are staples in many families’ pantries. While they make the perfect on-the-go snack, granola bars can also be the foundation for some simple and delicious treats. Here are some ideas courtesy of Great Value Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, which are peanut-free and contain no artificial colours or preservatives, for the next time you […]

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Tips to Throw a New Year’s Eve Party on a Budget

Hosting a New Years Eve party can be equal parts exciting and expensive. Between food, drinks, decorations, not to mention unforeseen expenses, it can be hard to not only set a budget but stick to it. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With a little creativity and a lot of planning, you can […]

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Yummy New Year’s Eve Cocktails

When the clock strikes midnight, what drink will your guests be cheers-ing with?   Orange Cherry Champagne Find the recipe here.   Grape sparklers Find the recipe here.   Pomegranate and ginger spritzer Find the recipe here:   Champagne cocktail Find the recipe here.   Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco Find the recipe here.  

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Comfy Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

This classic baked bean recipe may take some time to prepare, but it’s oh-so-worth-it. White beans are slow-cooked with molasses and bacon, making for a fragrant welcome home after a long day. Comfy Slow-Cooker Baked Beans Makes: 10 cups Ingredients: • 3 cups (750 mL) dry white pea beans • 1 can (28 oz/798 mL) […]

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3 Tips for Going Gluten-Free in the New Year

Embrace the gluten-free trend by using creative ideas to get the nutrients your body needs and the flavours you crave. Whether you or a family member needs to go gluten-free, these tips are perfect for you. Remember that some individuals may be sensitive to gluten but don’t have celiac disease. Known as gluten sensitivity or […]

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Video Tutorials: Christmas Desserts You Want to Eat

Looking for a quick and delicious treat for the holidays? Try one of these delicious recipes! #1) Easy Christmas Treats ♥︎ #2) Quick and Easy Party Treats #3) DIY Holiday Treats ♡ Pinterest Inspired Christmas Party Desserts #4) Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe #5) Christmas Desserts Recipes #6) DIY Holiday/Winter Treats! Quick, Easy, and Delicious #7) […]

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Hot Holiday Playlists for 2016

Looking for the perfect playlist for your holiday party? Here are some of our favorites for 2016! Traditional Christmas Songs Playlist 2016 Christmas Songs Playlist 2016 – 2017 | Christmas Songs Top Hits Best Pop Christmas Songs Ever 2016 – 2017 Glee: The Music, The Best of the Christmas Albums Top 30 Songs Of Christmas […]

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Tips for Ensuring a Budget-Friendly Holiday Season

If you’re on a diet or on a tight budget, the holiday season can be a testing time. For those who are on the latter, keep reading for our tips and tricks for ensuring your holiday season is a budget-friendly one.   Opt for no gifts Keep in mind, that the whole point behind Christmas […]

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Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party at Home

When it comes to hosting, we’re all about making your experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. True to form, we’ve compiled some holiday-specific tips and tricks to streamline your hosting experience during this particularly demanding time of year.   Make a list With so much going on during the holidays, it can be easy […]

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Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party in a Small Space

Opt for an alternative Christmas tree There’s nothing quite like a real tree to festive-ify your home, but if you’re lacking space, you may want to consider alternative options. Not only is a tree space consuming, but in a party setting lights and delicate ornaments can be bumped off by unsuspecting guests, creating more mess […]

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Tips for Hosting a Holiday Wine Tasting

If there were ever a month to eat, drink and be merry, this would be it. And while we can’t necessarily gift your merriment this holiday season, let us at least help you with the drink part with these tips for hosting a fabulously festive wine tasting for your family and friends.   Get out the good glassware It’s […]

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Perfect Wine Pairings for Traditional Holiday Dishes

Whether you’re planning on serving poultry, fish or tofu at your annual Christmas dinner, your guests are bound to get thirsty. Avoid confusing their pallets by pairing your dish with a one size fits all wine, and instead refer to our wine pairing cheat sheet for all your holiday spirit needs.   If you’re serving […]

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9 Delicious Ways to Enjoy the Taste of Eggnog

Love the taste of eggnog? Try one of these delicious treats with an eggnog flavor!  

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Christmas Recipes Using Coffee

Looking for a way to liven up your holiday menu? Add a hint of coffee flavor to classic dishes!  

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Gingerbread Muffins

Holiday baking wouldn’t be complete without everyone’s favourite, gingerbread. Not only are these delicious muffins high in fibre, they’re dairy-free and gluten-free. Made with pulses — crops that include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas — this staple is low in fat and high in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates. First, make the brown […]

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Avocado Lime and Coconut No-Bake Cheesecake

Try something new, with this creamy and delicious no-bake cheesecake recipe. This tropically-inspired spin on a traditional cheesecake features a richly flavoured toasted coconut crust, topped with a creamy avocado and zesty lime cream cheese blend. “It’s a gorgeous shade of lime green that contrasts beautifully with the garnish of red raspberries,” says Tom Filippou, […]

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Last Minute Ideas to Get Your Family and Your Home Holiday Ready

  Anybody who’s ever hosted family or friends over the holiday season will know that there never seems to be enough minutes in the day to get your home in order for guests. Between food prep, gift wrapping, decorating, not to mention all that cleaning; it’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up not enjoying […]

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Chef Rob’s Holiday Eggnog

Looking for a new beverage recipe to try out this holiday season? If you have a Vitamix Pro at home, give this one a shot! Chef Rob’s Holiday Eggnog Ingredients: 6 eggs ½ Cup White sugar 4 Cups whole milk 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon Rum extract 1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 Teaspoon ground […]

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Cajun Spice Roast Turkey

The pressure to ‘not overspend’ is on for half of Canadians during the holiday season, according to a survey commissioned by Walmart Canada. This year, you can stick to your budget with this delicious Cajun-inspired turkey recipe offers a not-too-spicy kick that uses pantry essentials to serve eight people for just $16.54 or $2.07 per […]

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Spicy Buttered Lemon Chicken

Favourite foods, seasonal soirées, and spending time with family and friends are just a few things that define the holidays. But these seasonal staples also mean busy schedules with little time to prepare nutritious meals. Fast food may be a quick solution to getting meals on the table, but chef Matt Basile of Toronto’s first […]

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6 Tips for Starting a Wine Collection

Raise your hand if you love wine! (Edit: Put down your wine glass and then raise your hand it you love wine.) Well, wine-lovers, you’re not alone. And if you find yourself wanting to take your appreciation for the drink one step further, why not start a collection? Here are a few tips to get […]

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Learn the Perfect Wine Pairings for Holiday Foods

On top of buying presents for everyone and preparing the feast, choosing which wines to serve at your holiday party can be overwhelming. Chances are you don’t have a personal sommelier at your side to suggest pairings with your favourite turkey recipe. Fortunately, Jane Masters, master of wine offers a few simple insider tips for […]

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Simple Ideas to Make Your Holiday Party Planning Easier

Planning a holiday party is hectic, between accommodating busy schedules, picking the right playlist to set the mood, and putting out the right spread to appease all appetites and dietary restrictions. Try these creative holiday hacks to keep your next party running smoothly from start to finish. 1. Make as much as you can ahead […]

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Impress Guests with the Latest Cocktail Trends

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, and yet so many hosts forget the cocktails! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than serving spirited signature cocktails at your next soirée, and this season’s cocktail trends will not disappoint. First, support local! Learn from Canada’s top bartenders and choose Canadian […]

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