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do you love cheese as much as me?

I’m pretty much obsessed with cheese, and in turn, this cheese board. It stores your cheese knives, acts as a wood cutting board on one side AND a marble board to serve the cheese on the other. Love it! A must-have for the upcoming holiday season. And another excuse to host a party and serve cheese…bonus!

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.


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easy ideas for a sparkling wine and fondue holiday party

When it comes to holiday parties, I veer toward the approach that simpler = better. Parties that take minimal effort to pull together not only leave the host feeling relaxed, but guests, too. This year, I’d like to invite my friends over for a sparkling wine and fondue party. Inspired by a Jackson-Triggs après ski party that I attended, here are four easy steps (and two recipes).


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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

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!


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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

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?

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

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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 the prep and cooking efforts go into the meal itself, it’s best to keep appetizers simple. Cheese and charcuterie boards are a crowd favourite, and the best part is once you assemble the board, guests can help themselves. Here are six amazing boards to set your snacks on, plus ideas for what to serve on each.


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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 trays, $2 each, IKEA.

Plastis ice cube trays, $2 each, IKEA.

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