Add spice to the barbecue

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Kathy Jollimore | Cooking Class This spiced and braised lamb dish is perfect as a filling for pitas, especially when served alongside lebneh (strained yogurt). You can also serve this recipe over rice or couscous. Lebanese Spiced Lamb 4 servings Prep Time: More than 3 hours or overnight Total Time: More than 3 hours or…

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Invite Germany to the Barbecue

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Mark DeWolf | Wine Discovery At some point the go-to wines for barbecue entertaining became jammy Shiraz and rich, sweet-edged California Zinfandels and red blends. However, much of our barbecue culture is rooted in German grilling traditions. The hamburger is named after a northern German city after all and the hot dog, the all-American classic,…

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Crafting Summer Cocktails with Ketel One

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Mark DeWolf | Cocktail Confidential The current cocktail trend is highly focused on using fresh ingredients. While many bartenders reach for brown spirits, classic, well-made vodkas such as Nolet Ketel One continue to be an important part of any mixologist’s repertoire. Ketel One Vodka, which is made from selected European wheat, remains an exceptional product,…

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Asian Pasta Salad

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Kathy Jollimore | Cooking Class Pasta salad and summer go hand in hand. This season, replace those heavy, mayonnaise-laden salads with a Vietnamese inspired cold noodle salad. Packed full of both crisp and pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and a tangy yet light dressing, this makes the perfect main dish salad. It is also fully customizable; simply…

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Barbecue Brews

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Victoria DeCourcy, NSLC Retail Product Specialist | Beer Building Blocks Summertime is here, and if you’re like me, you heard the angels sing Hallelujah when you peeled off the barbecue cover. If you’re particular about your grill, you know your pride is at ‘steak’ (pun intended) when you’re cooking for guests. When it comes to…

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Discover Ontario Wine Country

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Wine Discovery The Vintners Quality Alliance is Canada’s wine regulatory system, similar to appellation of origin systems found in traditional wine countries such as France and Italy. The system was put in place to ensure Canadian wines are made to a certain quality standard, from an approved list of grapes and offer a guarantee of…

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From 1800 to Present: contemporary Tequila cocktails

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Mark DeWolf | Cocktail Confidential Shots followed by salt and lime chasers might be the image of Tequila for many, but thanks to a new generation of quality minded producers, Mexico’s spirit is now being embraced as a premium beverage. Amongst distilleries focusing on elevating the image and flavour of Mexico’s national spirit is 1800 Tequila….

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Crafty Lagers

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Rayell Swan, Retail Product Specialist, The Port In recent years, craft beer had become synonymous with high hops, bold flavours, and bitter ales. Light, crisp lagers were a footnote, often associated with big breweries, and rarely made their way into the craft beer conversation. There is now rising demand for craft lager from an audience…

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Summer Liqueur Cocktails

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Cocktail Confidential Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide your cream liqueurs in the cupboard. They can be incorporated into your summer cocktail repertoire. Let the NSLC’s Mixology Discovery Guide be your starting point to beverage experimentation. The guide provides mix tips for all your favourite liqueurs. Even cream liqueurs traditionally served…

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