A POTLUCK NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

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By Annie Brace-Lavoie Over are the days of formal white-tie New Year’s Eve celebrations that undoubtedly leave the host stuck in the kitchen while their guests celebrate without them. Why not get everyone involved and host a New Year’s potluck instead? The beautiful thing about a potluck dinner is being able to embrace the chaos…

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MARKET DAY ENTERAINING

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Most people love the late summer and early fall for the sun, swimming and the chance to get outdoors. I love it for the food! During this time of year, farmers’ markets are overflowing with beautiful local produce and I find it to be a struggle of limiting myself to what my two arms can…

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A LOBSTER BOIL OCCASION

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By Claudia White In Nova Scotia, boiled dinner can be different things to different people, but it always involves cooking everything in one pot. For many, it means a pot loaded with chunks of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and onions, while for others, one-pot cooking can be the classic autumn dish, Hodge Podge —…

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SPRING BACK WITH PILSNER

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There’s definitely a casual nature to spring entertaining in my house.  Formal dinner parties are traded in for early evening get-togethers enjoyed with close friends gathered around the kitchen counter. No fancy floral displays or time-consuming table setups required. A bunch of flowers stuck in a glass pitcher or decanter and cutlery rolled up in…

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BEER & DESSERT PAIRINGS

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A Classic Coupling – While chocolate desserts might seem a natural with the similar flavours of stout, opt for sweeter edged styles such as Oatmeal Stouts or certain sweeter styles of Porter rather than Irish Dry Stout which is better suited to savoury fare. A Fruitful Match – The spicy and tropical fruit notes of German Wheat Ales make a great match…

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A BEER & BAKING SOIRÉE

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Who says baking and beer don’t mix? Last year for Christmas, I bought my mum an apron that, in proud letters embroidered on the front, says “I love cooking with beer. Sometimes I even put it in the food!” It’s a point on which she and I agree. With the weather we’re embarking upon, it’s time to think about gathering…

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Ghoulishly grown up Halloween entertaining for adults

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Think Halloween is tacky? Think again. Enjoy all the ghoulish fun you remember from your younger days, but take it up a notch. So why not swap out the bags of rockets and boxes of raisins for Risotto Pumpkins and Ghostly Cheesecake Truffl es or whip up some Halloween cocktails like Gory Be! and Snake Bite? This Halloween, it’s time…

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A slice of summer

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Pizza may not be the first thing you think of when someone suggests you fire up the barbecue, but why not? Put out a table full of homemade sauces and ingredients, chill the beer, pour the wine and invite your family and friends over for a backyard pizza making get-together. Have some fun in the…

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Tea Time

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Think afternoon tea is boring? Think again. Why not break out the fine china and the crystal – but leave the stuffi ness in the cupboard. Enjoy an afternoon tea inspired by the flavours and cast of characters of Great Britain. Whether it’s high tea you prefer, or Betty’s hot pot in a pub is…

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Any Given Sunday

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Expecting company for the big game? In a bit of a panic about what to serve? Relax. We have it covered. After you take care of the guest list, it’s time to think about what’s on the menu. Instead of taking the easier route with pre-made, packaged treats, why not let us show you how…

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