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celebrity chef tyler florence unveils his new cookbook

Count on Tyler Florence to make even the most daunting of dishes seem simple. The celeb chef and restaurateur showed off his master cooking skills at this year’s Delicious Food Show in Toronto – and it wasn’t long before stomachs started growling, the audience’s not-so-silent plea for a bite.

tyler florence celebrity chef tyler florence unveils his new cookbook

The renowned chef cooked up a stuffed porchetta in what felt like minutes, accompanied by a buttered turnip puree and apple mustard. The recipe can be found in his latest cookbook, Inside the Test Kitchenwhich hits book stands next week.

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kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

I think it’s safe to say that Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend officially rings in baking season (for those of us who aren’t year-round bakers). I got a sneak peek at a brand new collection of bakeware from Quebec-based Trudeau, and lovely readers, I think you’ll be as pleased as I was.

The Structure collection features everything you love about silicone bakeware – non-stick and flexible properties ensure muffins and loaves easily pop right out of their pans – plus the added bonus of a reinforced steel rim for secure handling. Your baking lives just got a whole lot easier!

StructureBakeware kitchen cravings: structure bakeware

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recipe: jillian harris’s no-bake pumpkin pie in a jar

Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean fall cooking has to end too. I’m a firm believer that pumpkin pie should become a staple dessert year round. Who’s with me?

pumpkin pie in a jar recipe: jillian harris’s no bake pumpkin pie in a jar

After meeting up with Jillian Harris last week, the lifestyle expert unveiled a few of her favourite autumn recipes that are just as simple as they are satisfying. Read on to learn how to make her no-bake pumpkin pie in a jar!

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the great thanksgiving debate: apple pie or pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which means it won’t be long until we’re surrounded by friends and family enjoying a festive Thanksgiving feast. But, when the dinner plates are cleared and the coffee is served, which delicious Thanksgiving dessert will you be enjoying? Do you wait all year for that first slice of pumpkin pie, or do you prefer homemade apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?

thanksgiving menu pies the great thanksgiving debate: apple pie or pumpkin pie
Whichever you prefer, our favourite pumpkin pie recipe and apple pie recipe are definitely worth trying. And, if you’re looking for other great desserts with that same festive flavour, why not try one of these tasty recipes.

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jillian harris’s fall entertaining tips

If you’re tasked with hosting a holiday bash this season, fear not: It doesn’t have to be stressful. Don’t believe me? Just ask Jillian Harris, the co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver and ultimate lifestyle expert.

jillian harris cheese board jillian harriss fall entertaining tips

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entertaining picks: cheese boards

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? There’s always a big turkey dinner with all the fixings (and pie, of course), but do you serve hors d’oeuvres, too?

Since a lot of prep and cooking effort goes into the meal itself, it’s best to keep appetizers simple. Cheese and charcuterie boards are a crowd favourite, and the best part is that once you assemble the board, guests can help themselves. Here are six amazing boards to set your snacks on, plus some tips for what to serve.

CheeseBoards Etsy entertaining picks: cheese boards

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new-use tuesdays: ice cubes

It’s as beautiful as it is functional. It cools, it soothes, it sparkles. No self-respecting hostess would ever be caught without it. For this weeks’ new-use highlight, I’m turning the spotlight on ice, ice, baby! Whether you buy it in bulk or make it yourself (perhaps in a fun shape, like one of these?), it’s an undeniable must-have and it’s got more uses than you might think. Check out a few of them below.

plastis ice cube tray  IKEA new use tuesdays: ice cubes

Plastis ice cube trays, $2 each, IKEA.

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host gift idea: piebox

Pie holds a special place at my Thanksgiving table. While I’m not a turkey dinner person (I know!), I always look forward to the dessert course, and pie always pleases. If you’re making the effort to bake your own pie – be it pumpkin, pecan or apple – you’ll want it to arrive in one piece. This simple and attractive pine Piebox, handcrafted in Chicago, is the storing and transporting solution.

PieBox host gift idea: piebox

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editor’s pick: the game of things…

I know, I know…this isn’t really ‘design related’. BUT I love board games and when I was sent a press release about ‘The Game of Things’ I just had to share. This game isn’t new, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year actually, but it’s a blast! For anyone who hasn’t ever played, I recommend you try it out – it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Perfect for those upcoming holiday parties or for fall weekends when your family just wants to bundle up and stay inside with a cup of tea.

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fall style essentials

Fall officially began this past weekend, so let’s talk about cool-weather style.

FallStyle RusticCasualDecor fall style essentials

Rustic casual fall decor inspiration, and tabletop ideas for your next dinner party.

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