Category Archives: Food Talk

Pumpkins – So much more than just a Jack-O-Lantern!

  Pumpkins are good for so much more than just Halloween. The lowly pumpkin, seeds included, is truly a super food. Eating pumpkin protects you against heart disease and cancer, fuels you with vitamins and protein, helps make you look younger, feel better and lose weight!  Here is why: Vitamin A – A quarter cup of pumpkin gives you all … <entire article…>

A Real Peach of a Treat

Ontario peaches rank as one of the most luscious fruits you can eat. What comes out of a tin can through the winter don’t come close to what its like to bite into a freshly picked peach, harvested under the summer sun. Ontario peaches come from Ontario’s greenbelt, including the Niagara region, ready for picking by mid-summer. The mighty peach … <entire article…>

Hot Summer, Cool Beer: Craft Beer Not so “Micro” Anymore

The beer landscape is changing rapidly in Canada. Craft beer is becoming mainstream. This popularity has a large number of craft brewers vying for your attention. Beer enthusiasts everywhere agree that the popularity of craft beer is surging. There are more brands, more awareness, more promotion, higher availability. In Ontario, this can be traced to several factors. First, there is … <entire article…>

Poutine: A Canadian Love Story

While Canadians may not be able to take credit for world-class foods like sashimi, guacamole, or lasagna, we do have one dish that we can proudly claim as our own: French fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy – otherwise known as poutine. While its hometown is in dispute to this day, one thing’s for sure. Our country’s much-loved dish … <entire article…>

Be the Host with the Most – 5 Excuses to Celebrate this Winter

The holidays have come and gone. For many of us, the winter blues have set in, while others are simply hibernating until warm weather replaces frosty temperatures. If another long winter is getting you down, why not find a reason to celebrate—without the pressure of the holidays to wear you out? Winterlicious Without Leaving Home – While Torontonians love Summerlicious, … <entire article…>

A Healthier and Still Yummy Holiday Stuffing

When asked what is your favourite part of holiday dinners, most people say the stuffing! The flavour, the texture, the crunch are all things we crave. Unfortunately, stuffing is fattening because of the butter, bread and meat. Here are some ways of keeping your family’s secret stuffing recipe while updating with healthier ingredients. If your stuffing calls for sausage meat, … <entire article…>

Preserving Summer – You can have your herbs and eat them too

Fall gardens are often full of fresh herbs until the first frost. Suddenly we all have to revert to packaged dried herbs, or tracking down your favourites in the grocery store, which we know aren’t as fresh as our own. While you can dry your own herbs, the practice is tricky and doesn’t work for all herbs. An easier and … <entire article…>

O.Kale – Easy Ways to Enjoy Kale

This issue’s Health Talk speaks very highly of the health benefits of kale. Now here is how you can benefit from its benefits. Kale that is steamed or braised has higher health benefits than raw kale. So even if you’re adding it to a salad, consider a light steaming first. It will make the kale easier to eat as well. … <entire article…>

Amazing, Awesome Arugula

Many of us in recent years have “fallen in love” with arugula, that peppery, salad green that seems to go with almost everything. As a cool water plant, arugula is an ideal salad green for growing in Canada. It grows well in the early growing season (May through June) and the late season (September to November). In the hot summer, … <entire article…>