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How to Cook Breakfast: Black Currant Pancakes
Jun20

How to Cook Breakfast: Black Currant Pancakes

Why not kick it up a few notches for breakfast at your house, instead of the old humdrum… This is a simple, quick, tasty and much more exciting version of plain, old pancakes. Not only do these babies have black currants, which can be in dried form and easy to find at your grocer, they also contain chia seeds, which are now easy to find as well. Chia seeds are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, as well as essential...

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How to Bake Dark Brandied Christmas Fruitcake
Dec11

How to Bake Dark Brandied Christmas Fruitcake

In our house, we love Dark Brandied Christmas Fruitcake with warm spices and delicious dried fruits, always reminds me of the aromas of the Holidays. Even those, who say they don’t like fruitcake, rave about this Dark Brandied Christmas Fruitcake. It just isn’t Christmas, if our favorite fruitcake isn’t on our dessert platter of goodies. Note: This recipe calls for nuts, and since some people don’t eat nuts, I...

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How to Braise Napa Valley Bordeaux Cherry Balsamic Pork Breast Bones + Video
Feb15

How to Braise Napa Valley Bordeaux Cherry Balsamic Pork Breast Bones + Video

I am very excited to show you How to Braise Napa Valley Bordeaux Cherry Balsamic Pork Breast Bones. Just think of succulent & flavorful pork meat falling off the bone with a caramelized Bordeaux cherry balsamic glaze, and you have a match made in heaven… This pork does very well with braising, and it needs to be falling-off-of-the-bone cooked, just the way we like it. The meat comes out moist, super tender & outrageously...

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February Food Holidays & Events
Feb01

February Food Holidays & Events

Here are February Food Holidays & Events. Most of these holidays are based out of the USA, with others sprinkled in here & there. Find other months on The Year in Food Holidays & Events page. Month Holidays: Berry Fresh Month: Tiger Nut & Berry Smoothies Browse Berry shows, Berry recipes How to Prepare & Eat Goldenberries – aka Peruvian Ground Cherries Blackberry Parfaits with Napa Valley Blackberry Ginger...

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Web Chef Review: Rancourt Winery 2012 Malbec
Aug22

Web Chef Review: Rancourt Winery 2012 Malbec

This bottle of Rancourt Winery 2012 Malbec is an amazing, exciting wine. Malbec is quite a rare grape here in the Niagara Region or in all of Canada for that matter. There are only three producers of a single varietal Malbec wine in Niagara area – using only one type of grape in their wine and in this case, it is Malbec. Malbec is similar to a beaujolais or pinot noir, except it is lighter in color and fruitier. A beautiful...

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Web Chef Review: Ontario Gooseberries at Harvest Barn Country Markets
Jul27

Web Chef Review: Ontario Gooseberries at Harvest Barn Country Markets

Ontario Gooseberries are at Harvest Barn Country Markets! Gooseberries are one of my favorite berries. Actually, I believe they are in the currant family. My mom used to grow them in her gardens and as a child, I acquired a taste for gooseberries, and looked forward to the picking time for these juicy berries. My grandmother used make an amazing gooseberry mousse, which we thoroughly enjoyed at her farm table and Mom has made some...

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How to Cook Mincemeat for the Holidays
Nov18

How to Cook Mincemeat for the Holidays

Not exactly sure what Mincemeat is? Not many people do, but it is a traditional dish made in those regions where the World was colonized British, in general. There are variations in Australia, Canada, USA, northern Europe, Ireland & South Africa. How to Cook Mincemeat: The recipe I’m sharing for my mincemeat is one which yields enough for 6 pies. Tip: If you’re going to go through all of this effort to make mincemeat,...

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How to Bake Bread with Raisins: Raisin Bread Month
Nov01

How to Bake Bread with Raisins: Raisin Bread Month

Raisin Bread Month is here in the month of November, and now you’re thinking to yourself when on Earth the last time you baked a loaf of Raisin Bread at home was. It may have been a while, if I’m guessing correctly. Raisin Information: Raisins are just dried grapes. Muscat grapes, which are generally available near year end, are aromatic, sweet & are ideal to use in baking rich cakes & other confections. The golden...

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What the Heck is Mincemeat?: National Mincemeat Pie Day
Oct26

What the Heck is Mincemeat?: National Mincemeat Pie Day

Mincemeat Pie. Now, what is that really? Does it have meat in it? Well, yes & no. It’s not actually meat that is added, but suet – the fat cut from the meat – and added to the fruit that comprises mincemeat, with some lean beef. When sugar, raisins, currants, citron, orange peel, lemon peel, lemon juice, apple cider, cloves, sour cherries, cherry juice, coriander, nuts, cinnamon & mace are added, it is cooked...

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National Vodka Day & How to Make Black Pepper Vodka
Oct04

National Vodka Day & How to Make Black Pepper Vodka

Happy National Vodka Day – oh, the possibilities. Although vodka looks deceptively like plain water, it is actually a neutral type of spirit distilled from grain. Generally used is wheat or barley, occasionally corn or rye, and sometimes potatoes, beets or grapes. Vodka is a good cocktail mixer, as it doesn’t have a strong flavor, and won’t change a cocktail’s taste. There are more and more flavored vodkas...

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National Hot Cross Bun Day: How to Bake Hot Cross Buns with Milk Glaze
Sep11

National Hot Cross Bun Day: How to Bake Hot Cross Buns with Milk Glaze

Did you know that today is National Hot Cross Bun Day? Well, in the USA it is… Someone might mention “Hot Cross Buns” and this little ditty of a nursery rhyme pops into memory immediately! Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns. One a penny, two a penny. Hot Cross Buns! They are so silky, big & fluffy hiding their tasty, little morsels of goodness inside. Whether toasted or plain, they’re great! Typically made for...

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The Satisfaction of Growing Your Own Fruit at Home
Aug10

The Satisfaction of Growing Your Own Fruit at Home

We have a most beautiful and productive garden this year… Aside from the cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, squash, pumpkin, peppers, lettuce and other amazing vegetables and herbs… We have grapes, figs, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, gooseberries, rhubarb, plums, apples…watermelon even! Whenever I see berry plants for sale, I get excitement in my belly. I just love berries. There’s nothing like going...

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Looking for a Great Fruit Tea?

We polished off a 50 gram bag of Black Currant tea from Teaopia this week! It’s really delicious! It has a base of hibiscus, apple pieces and rose-hip peels…Then, it has elderberries, black currant leaves and black currants, and vanilla. Now, I love black currant, any currant for that matter (we grow them in our garden)…Many people find them bitter or say they taste sort of like soap or perfume…LOL…...

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