PASTA SIMPLICE

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Simplice in Italian means simple. The beauty of most Italian-inspired pasta dishes is the immense amount of flavour they offer compared to the preparation time. These recipes are quick and easy to prepare and require few ingredients. Have an Italian inspired dinner party by placing large bowls of these pastas in the middle of the table…

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AS SWEET AS PIE…

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The last weeks of summer usher in seasonal fruit pie time. With the scent of fresh pies wafting from kitchens, we’ve been inspired to think of wine, beer, ciders and spirits with their own aromas reminiscent of summer fruits. Wines typically gain their fruity aromas from the grapes themselves or the fermentation process, although some…

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FRESHLY PRESSED

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By Peter Rockwell Read the book, drink the wines While the Nova Scotia wine industry has exploded over the last decade it’s been ten years since anyone celebrated its success in words and pictures. The Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada (Nimbus Publishing, $37.95) by Moira Peters and Craig Pinhey, with fantastic photos by sommelier…

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THE MALT MASTERS

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Vodka and gin have enjoyed their share of the cocktail limelight over the last 20 years, but now bartenders and cocktail aficionados are looking to the origins of cocktail culture for inspiration. Many of North America’s first cocktail recipes included whisky, as for much of the 19th and early 20th century, it was the most…

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