Spicy Butternut Mango Chutney Soup

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Is it just me, or does the way we entertain change when the weather gets cooler?

In the summer, we can get away with having informal gatherings like barbeques or picnics. We can throw burgers on a grill, wrap sandwiches in wax paper, serve a batch of Sweet Citrus Tarts straight from our picnic cooler. But when there’s a chill in the air, suddenly none of those things seems appropriate. We move our parties indoors, and enjoy more formal events like Thanksgiving dinner.

Personally, I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen getting ready for a special dinner. I want my food to be impressive, but I don’t always want to spend hours making it. This is where dishes like this Spicy Butternut Mango Chutney Soup comes in. This dish tastes like you’ve been slaving at the stove all day, but it only takes a few minutes to prepare. My secret ingredient? McEwan’s Own Mango Chutney.

If you haven’t been to McEwan, the gourmet grocery in the Don Mills area, you are totally missing out. It’s a paradise for foodies, especially because they carry a selection of speciality and hard-to-find items. You can check out my blog post on McEwan here to see some of the products they carry.

McEwan also carries a line of products called McEwan’s Own, which are basically products that you could make at home if you had the time (and skill). These products are made with high quality ingredients, and can help you elevate your home cooking in no time.

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Roasted Spiced Pears in Puff Pastry

This post is sponsored by Tenderflake. All opinions are my own.If you're looking for an easy dessert that will impress your guests, try making Roasted Spiced Pears in Puff Pastry.

I seem to be on a fruit-cooking kick lately! I’ve gone from grilling peaches to roasting pears. Maybe I’ll toast some pineapple next… just kidding (for now).

When I was 11 my mom bought me a really awesome cookbook called 50 Recipes for Kids to Cook. There were so many yummy recipes in that book! I made chocolate brownies, chicken and potatoes, and (my favourite) cheese straws. There were enough recipes in there to keep me busy for a long time, and I still use some of those recipes today.

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One of the fanciest recipes in the book is called “Puffy Pears”. These are pear halves that are stuffed with chopped up bits of chocolate, and then baked on top of puff pastry. It’s easy to make, delicious, and pretty to look at too.

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I was looking at this recipe over the weekend, and decided that it would be fun to “kick it up a notch” as Emril Lagasse would say. Is he still on TV? I haven’t seen his show in years… [Read more...]

Swirlyz Yogurt Cafe

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3221 Derry Road West, Unit 21
Mississauga, Ontario
www.Swirlyz.ca

A brand new frozen yogurt shop has opened up in Mississauga, and this one is a little bit different. Unlike many other frozen yogurt stores, this one isn’t a franchise.

Swirlyz opened its doors this summer in the plaza at the corner of Terragar and Derry road. The owners, Simona and Wayne, have found the best-tasting frozen yogurt that they can get their hands on, and it’s really making a difference to their customers. Many people have commented on how fresh and rich their frozen yogurt tastes, with some people wondering if it’s really frozen yogurt at all (it is).

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Grilled Peach Smoothie

I blended my leftover grilled peaches into a smoothie, and the results were delicious!

Last week I wrote about grilling peaches, which is a great way to use up ripe peaches. I grilled so many though, that I ended up with a bowl of leftovers. This morning I thought I’d try adding some of those grilled peaches into my smoothie, and the results were very tasty!

I added a touch of lime juice to the smoothie, to help balance out the sweetness of the peaches. This is completely optional, but I really like the flavour that the lime juice added.  [Read more...]

Crispy Beef Tostada Bites

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These Crispy Beef Tostada Bites are great for parties. Just prep the toppings and let everyone make their own!

I was wandering the grocery store the other day and noticed a bag of Dempster’s Corn Tortillas. I usually buy the original version, which I used in my Steak Burritos with Chilli Lime Sauce recipe, but I’ve never noticed these before. I love corn chips though, so I decided to buy a package to play around with.

On the back of the bag there’s a recipe for Homebaked Tortillas Crisps. The recipe is really simple, so I thought I would make a batch and eat them with homemade guacamole. Yum!

I wanted to try making round chips, so I grabbed a pastry cutter and cut out 24 2.5″ rounds from the tortillas. Don’t they look pretty?

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The recipe on the bag says to place the pieces of tortilla in a single layer on a baking sheet. I decided to put down a piece of parchment paper first, just to help make clean up a bit easier. Next, the instructions said to brush the tortilla with olive oil, salt and black pepper before baking, so I did that. [Read more...]

Grilled Peaches with Whipped Cream and Almonds

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We’re heading into the end of peach season here in Canada, and I’ve been eating these juicy treats for breakfast and dessert almost every day! I’m not complaining though, I love everything about peaches. They are beautiful to look at, smell amazing and have a sweet tangy flavour. I also happen to think that they are a thousand times nicer than nectarines, but I’ll keep that rant to myself for now…

I personally believe that ripe peaches are best eaten as they are, but sometimes it’s nice to changes things up a bit. I love to make grilled peaches, and I’m going to show you how easy it is to do this indoors.

Grilling peaches adds a deep caramelized sugar flavour that pairs well with whipped cream, or ice cream.

All you need is a grill pan or griddle pan, and you can make delicious grilled peaches without firing up your BBQ pit. If you haven’t tried grilling peaches yet, trust me, this is one recipe that you’ve got to try. [Read more...]