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TROPHY BREWS BY CHRIS MCDONALD, ATLANTIC CANADA BEER BLOG There’s no point in denying that it’s always difficult to see summer coming to an end. Take heart, however, as fall has many redeeming qualities: beautiful colours and scenery, Thanksgiving, and an excuse to return to drinking the appropriate beer styles for the season. The NSLC…

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Go Gourmet with Summer Pâté

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Impress your guests with a creamy chicken liver pâté. It’s not only flavourful, but very easy to make. It makes a great accompaniment to a summer charcuterie board or serve it with crackers or slices of toasted baguette.  Chicken Liver Pâté 6 servings Prep Time: Less than 30 minutes Total Time: More than 3 hours …

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Beef takes centre stage

While lamb shanks take centre stage on many restaurant menus, beef shanks are less widely seen. A slow braise in a Korean-inspired sauce transforms this inexpensive cut into a tender, flavourful filling perfect for ssam-traditional Korean lettuce wraps. Use any of your favourite toppings but don’t forget the kimchi, rice, and homemade saam sauce. If…

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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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Terrific Tacos

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Though often overlooked, cheaper cuts of beef like skirt, flank or blade steak make the perfect base for tacos. Simply marinade, grill on a hot barbecue then top with this smoky charred tomato salsa. Next Week We get inspired by Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture, a robust red from Italy’s Basilicata province. Occasions Recommends Villa Maria…

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Ribs and Whiskey

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Jameson and Ginger 1 1/2 fl oz Jameson Irish Whiskey 4 fl oz local ginger ale Lime wheel Directions: Fill old-fashioned glass with ice. Add whiskey and ginger ale. Stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wheel. Bee’s Knees 1 1/2 fl oz Jameson Irish Whiskey 1/2 fl oz honey 1/2 fl oz fresh lemon…

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A Belly Satisfying Sandwich

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Not only is pork belly a very economical cut, it is easy to prepare and available at most local grocery stores. One of its most popular uses is a Vietnamese sandwich or banh mi. With sweet, salty, sour, and spicy elements, the banh mi is a sandwich for everyone. For a more authentic version, try…

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Greek Panzanella

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There is no better way to showcase the freshness of summer produce than a chunky salad. Drawing inspiration from three salads – a classic Greek, Italy’s famous bread salad, and a Middle Eastern fattoush – this has something for everyone. Occasions Recommends Norton Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina $15.99 Next Week In the first in…

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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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Super Summer Potato Salad

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Kathy Jollimore Perfect as a side for a summer barbecue, this Grilled Corn and Sweet Potato Salad can also hold its own as a filling salsa. Serve it along with corn chips and a bottle of your favourite Crisp & Light white wine. The wine pairing, like the salad, should be fresh and lively and…

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