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winter style essentials

Winter is coming and, if you’re anything like me, it’s time to hibernate. But before you hide away, let’s talk about winter style.

WinterEssentials Fireplace winter style essentials

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how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

A cast iron pan is a dependable tool for the home cook. It has a naturally nonstick surface that evenly distributes heat; it can easily go from stovetop to oven; and if you properly care for your cast iron pan, it can last for generations. Proper care means seasoning it, which will bring out a natural nonstick coating. Here, I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.

CastIronPan how to season your cast iron pan like a pro

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Harley Pasternak’s essentials for a healthy kitchen

Last week, I sat down with celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak to chat about his latest book, The Body Reset Diet, and his brand-new Power Blender. Here, I’m sharing Harley’s top three essentials for a healthy kitchen. Read on to find out what they are – I wholeheartedly agree that every budding home chef should have all three of them!

HarleyPasternak Harley Pasternaks essentials for a healthy kitchen

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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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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

oranges new use tuesdays: oranges

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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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fab find: colourful water bottles

When hydration meets design! Check out these fabulous colours (including Radiant Orchid – Pantone’s colour of the year). 100% spill proof, BPA-free, dishwasher safe and they have a built in carry clip. Pretty much every feature you’d need for a solid water bottle while still looking super stylish! Did I mention their great price point?? Read on to learn more!

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places to go, people to see: montreal restaurant week

Now in its third year, MTL à Table (a.k.a. Montreal Restaurant Week), returns on October 30. Running through November 9, the event offers prix fix menus in 140 restaurants throughout the city. Priced at $19, $29 and $39 the set three-course meals allow patrons to hit up their go-to spot for less or try a new place at an affordable price point. It’s the perfect excuse to plan a date night or to catch up with friends. Check out a few mouth-watering dishes from a couple of choice restos below.

chez victoire filet de cochon Vadim Daniel places to go, people to see: montreal restaurant week

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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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