Food & Drink

Baking Tips – Easy As Pie

NC—The old saying goes "easy as pie", so why are so many of us reluctant to try baking our own Most of us just dont have the time to spend hours shopping for ingredients, making the pastry from scratch and preparing the filling, especially during the holidays.

Come Home To Comfort Food

NC—As the weather begins to get cooler, familiar and inviting comfort foods can lift our spirits and bring warmth to our beings. Soothing, soul-satisfying comfort foods can bring back special memories and meaningful connections. Steaming chowders, mashed potatoes, hot soup, hearty stews, warm chocolate chip cookies and fresh baked pies are all foods many Canadians associate with comfort. Simple foods that evoke fond memories, and bring joy and comfort to everyday meals.

The Perfect Complement

NC—The origin of onion soup is rooted in two legends. The first story credits its origin with King Louis XV of France who returned late one night to his hunting lodge, and all that was on hand were onions, butter and champagne. He mixed them together and created the first French Onion Soup. Another legend states that decades ago, farmers in Les Halles, the old market place of Paris, would sip on huge mugs of boiling onion soup to keep warm while setting up for the mornings activities.

Holiday Entertaining 101

NC—The holiday season is the time of year filled with entertaining, parties and social gatherings. Whether planning a small, intimate gathering or a large family affair, it is often the hosts attention to detail that impresses guests the most. Creating a festive atmosphere, planning ahead and preparing delicious dishes will ensure guests have a memorable experience. This holiday season, follow these simple tips, guaranteed to delight visitors and simplify holiday entertaining.

Classic Spinach Dip

1 pkg 300 g frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Cherry Cranberry Trifle

Pound Cake: 2 cups 500 ml Five Roses All Purpose Flour 1 tbsp 15 ml baking powder pinch salt 1 cup 250 ml unsalted butter 1 cup 250 ml sugar 4 eggs 1-2 tsp 5-10 ml grated orange zest

White Chocolate Carousel Cake

Cake: 2 eggs 1 tsp 5 ml vanilla 1-1/4 cups 300 ml Five Roses All Purpose Flour 1 cup 250 ml granulated sugar 2 tsp 10 ml baking powder 1/2 tsp 2 ml salt 1/2 cup 125 ml butter, softened 1/2 cup 125 ml milk

Chocolate Cookie Buttons

1/2 cup 125 ml butter, softened

Festive Cherry Cranberry Cake

Cake: 1 cup 250 ml margarine 1 cup 250 ml granulated sugar 1 tsp 5 ml vanilla 1 tsp 5 ml grated lemon rind 5 eggs 2 cups 500 ml Five Roses Cake and Pastry Flour 1/2 tsp 2 ml salt

Fun & Fruity Recipes

Sometimes the easiest way to get children to eat healthy is to let them have a hand in making their own snacks…and add whipped cream on top. Here are two fruity recipes that are fun and easy to make, and even more fun to eat.

5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Depression

While war and poor economic conditions begin to affect people all over the world, more and more people suffer with depression. The more we focus on news events and the business climate, the more we are depressed. Whatever the reason you feel is the cause of your depression, the following five simple tips guarantee you reduce it significantly.

Food Safety 101

NC—Bagged lunches are healthy, economical and nutritious. But they also pose the threat of hosting harmful bacteria, unless food is handled and packed properly. Use the following tips as your study guide for "Food Safety 101":

Is Your Recipe Safe

NC—Sure, it tastes great and earns rave reviews from everyone sitting at the dinner table. But is your favourite recipe also a safe one To prevent serving up foodborne illness at the dinner table, follow this helpful checklist when preparing a meal:

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

NC—Now is the season to enjoy Ontario grown field tomatoes and cucumbers. Although tomatoes and cucumbers are available year round, they are at their best from July to October! Locally grown tomatoes and cucumbers are picked at a greater degree of ripeness than those shipped across the continent. When grown closer to their market, these veggies are left on the vine longer, so their flavour and texture remain at their best.

Harvest A Wealth Of Apple Ideas

NC—The leaves have turned, pumpkins are ripening on the vine and most of Canadas apple growers are in the orchards harvesting this years crop of apples for your enjoyment throughout the winter months. It is well known that apples are nutritious, as are apple-based products like pure apple juice, apple sauce and dried fruit snacks. But now more than ever, as research is showing that apples contain important anti-oxidants, apples and apple products are an important part of your familys diet. Why not take advantage of the season and introduce new, innovative ways for your family to enjoy them everyday.

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