Cognac: A luxurious taste of history

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Mark DeWolf|Cocktail Confidential   The Cognac region, with its gentle rolling hills and sleepy country towns, lays a short drive north of Bordeaux and just a quick river barge ride away from the Atlantic Ocean. Here in quiet cellars, blissfully unaware of the world around them, rests some of the world’s most luxurious spirits. Their…

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Beer Book Baskets

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Mark DeWolf|Beer Building Blocks   If you just can’t bring yourself to give your husband another tie, or your wife another bottle of perfume this holiday season, then consider appealing to their sense of sight, taste and smell this season by creating a special beer-inspired gift basket accompanied with a book on the subject. A…

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Three great wines for the holidays

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Mark DeWolf|Wine Discovery   If you’re like me, you can almost smell the turkey or prime rib roasting in the oven. It’s Christmas time, which in my home means a great excuse to celebrate with wines I’ve been eying over the past year. Superb with Seafood Many of my friends celebrate New Year’s with a…

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Devilishly Good

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Kathy Jollimore|Cooking Class Devilled eggs have always been a crowd favourite, quickly disappearing from many holiday parties. Inspired by Korean flavours, this version offers a spicy, sour, sweet and savoury take on the classic. Kimchi Bacon Deviled Eggs Makes 12 Prep time: Less than 30 minutes Total time: Less than 1 hour 6 eggs 1/2…

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French cooking, made easy

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Kathy Jollimore|Cooking Class This simple one pot dinner is brimming with the classic French combination of chicken and tarragon. I’ve used fingerling potatoes in this recipe but you can substitute with your favourite root vegetable. Make this meal complete by serving with a side salad. See our Here’s How for a simple herb vinaigrette recipe….

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Step up your spaghetti

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Kathy Jollimore | Cooking Class Swap out your usual spaghetti and meatballs for this Abruzzi-inspired version with spicy marinara sauce and tender lamb meatballs. Cooking the meatballs directly in the sauce saves time, keeps the meatballs very tender, and infuses the sauce with a rich lamb flavour. Spaghetti and Meatballs 4 servings Prep Time: Less…

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March Over to Le Marche

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Mark DeWolf | Wine Discovery It’s said that Umbria lies in the shadow of Tuscany. The region doesn’t get the volume of tourists, nor do the names of its wines drip off the tongue like Chianti does. Then there is the Le Marche (leh mahr-kay), on the other side of Umbria, a province wedged between the…

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Satisfying Meatless Lasagna

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Kathy Jollimore | Cooking Class Based on a traditional dish from the Le Marche region, this mushroom lasagna makes a rich and satisfying meatless main. For a more authentic version, add slices of Parma ham or prosciutto. A great idea is to make a full pan of Lasagna on the weekend, and simply reheat during the…

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