Food And Restaurants

Guilt-free desserts to please the whole family

(NC) -- Dinner is over and your family is craving something sweet to end the meal. There are plenty of delicious options to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth while keeping your family's balanced diet in check. Best of all, these desserts can be made right in your own kitchen. By preparing your own creations, you can please even the pickiest of eaters and give your kids some extra nutrients with ....

Keep foodborne illness off the holiday menu

(NC) -- There's no better way to ruin a holiday gathering than with a foodborne illness outbreak, and although this happens to thousands of Ontarians each year, following a few simple steps can reduce the risk for your family and guests: Dr. Robin Williams, acting Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario, tells us that food safety should be considered during the entire meal preparation process, ....

Invite Your Friends to a Beer-Making Party

(NC) -- Step aside book clubs, murder mystery dinners, and jewellery making parties, the newest trend in at-home entertainment is to roll up your sleeves and make beer. Propelled by the exploding popularity of craft beer plus the emergence of new, home-brewing kits, this activity is perfect for partying. “The fun and social nature of getting friends together to make beer is one of the reasons ....

Craft Your Own Beer

(NC) -- Fun loving DIYers who pride themselves on homemade quality and craftsmanship are extending this philosophy to a new outlet, namely 'home brewing'. Best of all, this philosophy is also impressing their friends. Pride in the ability to create their own signature craft beer combined with easy-to-use at-home beer kits plus the soaring popularity of craft beer, is propelling many Canadians to ....

Plan ahead for no-guilt snacks

(NC) -- Snacking is now an inherent part of today's lifestyle and can be beneficial when used as a strategy for healthier eating. Thinking through your snacking needs ahead of time is advised however – and keeping a variety of healthy choices on hand to meet those needs, will lessen the tendency to impulse snack on less desirable choices such as processed and salty snacks, sweets and baked ....

Make your salads pop with flavour

(NC) -- Who doesn't love a great salad? Take a mix of interesting ingredients plus a dazzling dressing, and you are ready to serve it up. Have you ever added grapes as a not-so-secret ingredient? A single handful of California grapes, for example, are easy and versatile and will instantly boost your salad's appeal with refreshing colour and goodness, not to mention the juicy burst of flavo ....

Find the winery that's right for you

(NC) -- If you love wine but you're not sold on the idea of visiting Ontario's wine country, it might be that you just haven't found the right winery for you, yet. An organization known as the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake says it has something for everyone and they add that 'gone are the days when being a wine enthusiast meant you were a wine snob'. These days, winery experiences ....

Delicious burger recipes inspired by Canadian summers

(NC) -- The warmth of the summer sun encourages escapes to the great outdoors. Whether enjoying your backyard or a family cottage vacation, this annual rite also involves firing up the grill to enjoy burgers under a canopy of sky – a true Canadian summer tradition. Chef Matt Basile, owner of the Fidel Gastro food truck, uses the diversity of the Canadian palate to create signature burger r ....

Spring: Maple Becomes Hot Flavour Trend

(NC) - If you look on food shelves and at restaurant menus, it's hard not to notice that maple has become a hot food trend, flavoring everything from beer to yogurt, potato chips and now bagels. Chefs, food manufacturers and even brew masters are embracing maple for its natural goodness and diverse flavour profile including brown or burnt sugar, caramel, toasty, woody, malty, sweet and sligh ....

Bagels: Canada's ultimate breakfast food

(NC) -- Forget cereal – it's time to give a toast to bagels for breakfast. Canadians love bagels – in fact, 60 per cent of us eat bagels on a regular basis with nearly a quarter enjoying them daily or several times a week. Canada's most bagel-loving province is Ontario at 66 per cent, closely followed by Atlantic Canada (61 per cent), and Alberta (59 per cent). The majority of Canadians ....

Discover the thrill of the grill

(NC) -- Do you fire up the grill every chance you get, or are you a barbecue dabbler? With that thick, juicy hamburger in mind, it must be your old equipment that is holding you back. But before you buy a spanking new grill, do be aware that there are several barbecue types and each one has its unique set of benefits and features. The biggest decision you'll have to make, for example, is whe ....

Cooking: A guide to grilling with wood and smoke

(NC) -- Slow smoked chicken, ribs, and brisket are staples of the traditional 'southern barbecue'. The deep smoky flavours and fall-off-the-bone tenderness are hallmarks of the low-and-slow cooking technique. Originally, open pit fires were used for the slow cooking process at low temperatures, but now, a backyard chef can achieve the smoky flavour with a smoker box, wood chips, and a gas ....

Cows, Chickens dominate BC farming

(NC) -- The province's chicken, turkey, dairy and egg farmers now account for nearly half of all agriculture output and jobs, says a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Historically, the dairy and poultry sectors have represented about a quarter of all farm output and jobs in B.C. Total employment in B.C. agriculture fell by 9,400 jobs from 2007 to 2011. In the meantime, dairy and pou ....

Strong dairy and poultry farming performance boost taxes

(NC) -- British Columbia's dairy, poultry and eggs producers continue to see their tax bills rise, hitting $223.1 million in 2011, an 8.3 per cent jump since 2007, says a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers. While other agriculture sectors in B.C. have had a tough time in recent years, dairy and poultry farmers continue to post strong results, including creating 3,350 new jobs between 200 ....

Poultry, Dairy Family Farms anchor B.C. Agriculture: Report

(NC) — British Columbia's dairy and poultry sectors have long provided a much-needed source of stability in the province's turbulent farm sector. This role has expanded to a point where they now account for nearly half of all agriculture employment, according to a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The province's dairy, poultry and egg farmers added 3,350 jobs between 2007 and 2011 ....

Foods: Try these different types of mushrooms

(NC) -- Mushrooms are one of the most versatile and natural ingredients used in today's cooking. With their rich and meaty texture they can be used in almost any dish, from breakfast to dinner. Most Canadians are familiar with Canada's most popular mushroom, the white button, but what about all the other varieties on the market? Specialty mushrooms are just as easy to prepare ....

Coffee is hot this holiday season

(NC) -- For the coffee connoisseur on your list, leading brand Bosch tells us they have a gift to make you a star. Look no further, they say, than the Tassimo T47 at-home brewer. Its sleek, German design features chrome accents and a stainless steel drip tray, making it the perfect kitchen companion for any coffee lover. With the push of a button, you can automatically adjust the strength of ....

Anti-Aging: Natural remedies for families on the go

(NC) -- A recent Ipsos Reid survey, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) shows that Canadians are increasingly embracing a more holistic approach to health for themselves and their entire family. With the abundance of chemicals in our day-to-day products, food, and the environment, it can be difficult to figure out where and when to go natural. For example, whe ....

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