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April Spirits

It’s spring… finally! And aren’t we all glad. But now comes the uncertainty. Is it sunny and warm, snowy and icy, or blowy and rainy - or all of the above? We’ve been looking for cool products whatever the weather throws at you, and here are a few of our April...

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in an Easter Basket

Cook with hard boiled eggs too using these four applications! Easter; it’s a holiday known for food traditions like baked ham, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and yes, hard-boiled eggs. Despite the fact that these are usually not for eating, painting Easter eggs...

Open That Bottle: Gino Marghella

“Saturday we got married. Sunday, Italy won the World Cup, then Monday we opened up the Southside store. 2006 was a great year,” says Gino Marghella, General Manager of the Italian Centre Shops. In true romantic Italian style, his mom went to Italy on vacation, fell...

Drinks of the Week

Three red wines for sharing with your loved one when it’s cold outside, and you’re inside!  McWatters Collection Meritage 2013, Okanagan Valley, BC  This opulent wine is so seductive on the nose and draws you in drooling. There are ripe berry aromas to greet you on...

Cooking the Cheaper Cuts

These are cold, lean months, and everyone is in financial recovery from the holidays. Cooking with the cheaper cuts of meat will help stretch your grocery dollar, while not compromising on any flavour. Drumsticks are typically the overlooked part of the chicken in the...

Recipes

Gin Cocktails for Spring

Now the days are getting longer and we’re (hopefully) done with minus temperatures, it’s time for fresh flavours and to get creative with our drinks. When you think using of herbs in your cocktail, gin naturally comes to mind as a base spirit, so we asked two Alberta...

Off the Menu: Gambas Con Chorizo

February was Rioja in Alberta month, and we were lucky to have ten winemakers from northern Spain visit Edmonton and Calgary to tell us their stories and introduce their wines. During their visit they hosted dinners in each city, pairing their wines with dishes in...

Fettucine Tavolino

Violino Ristorante in Edmonton puts a savoury spin on the classics just like this fettuccine, and in this dish we can see how excellent ingredients and a bit of technique can make a little kitchen magic happen. This recipe scales up really easily, so it can be a crowd...

Rigatoni with Genoa Salami and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

For this recipe, Sergio Turlione (chef and owner of Rigoletto's Café in Edmonton) suggests using boxed pasta so you can get the noodles nicely al dente without them turning to mush. Here, simple ingredients are elevated in a dish that you will make time and time...

Lamb Meatballs

In this months issue, we learned all about how to make three delicious types of meatballs, but we thought that you might need one more. These terrific lamb meatballs are perfect any time of the year, and the yogurt sauce kicks them up to a whole new level!...

Off the Menu: Almond Shortbread

You know how chefs always tell you how easy something is to make, ”you just add this…” or “just whip us that”, which is fine if you’re a chef, and it’s second nature to you, but not so easy for us home enthusiast cooks. After running three pairing dinners in November...

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