Gav Martell: He’s in the Kitchen

Mar
10
2015

The Ultimate Gentleman's Guide to Las Vegas

A refined look at the "Guy's Getaway"

The internet is full of advice for those looking to plan late-night, booze-fuelled bachelor parties to Sin City. Looking to party the night away in the hottest clubs with the loudest music before heading to the busiest strip club in a free limo? No shortage of opinions or websites to help you plan a few days away with the guys.
 
What isn’t as easy to discover is all that Las Vegas has to offer for the more refined visitor. You aren’t 20-something years-old any more. It’s time to learn how to navigate the classier side of Las Vegas.

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Feb
02
2015

Eat, Relax, Play: A Trip to Adler Thermae Spa, Italy

A Foodie Paradise in the Tuscan Countryside

You don’t need to see the culinary road-tripping movie The Trip To Italy to know that Italy immediately brings two important things to travelers' minds: first, of course, is the stunning landscape, from the pastel-colored sea-side towns to the lush countryside to the majestic ancient ruins; and second, the extraordinary flavors, from the fine wines to the multi-course meals made from fresh, local ingredients, like tomatoes, olive oil, and fresh cheeses. 
 

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Jan
30
2015

How this Foodie Dad Made it to MasterChef Canada Season 2

One dad's journey in the quest for a white apron....

My life has been a series of coincidences which defy logic. So to me it really comes as no surprise that I landed one of the coveted spots as a finalist on season 2 of MasterChef Canada. 
 
Case in point:
 
  • I wasn't supposed to go to sleepover camp in Wisconsin but followed a friend there after 10th grade when all other plans fell through... and ended up meeting the girl I would one day marry.
  • I wasn't supposed to get into my Comp Sci program at university.

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Jan
15
2015

Dump 'n Bake: No-Headache No-Boil Homemade Mac 'n Cheese

The simple non-boil, roux-free baked mac 'n cheese that doesn't compromise on taste

No Boil Macaroni and Cheese

We're currently trying to sell our house. Nothing exciting there, but it means my ability to mess up the kitchen is severely limited. Couple that with the fact that my family still needs to eat dinner every night and you'll see I've got myself quite the conundrum. I need solutions for delicious dinners that don't make a big mess and minimize the amount of dirty dishes they generate.

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Dec
29
2014

Score a Touchdown with this Horseradish Cheddar Beer Soup

The Perfect Dish Just In Time for the Football Playoff Season

horseradish cheddar soup

As a Canadian man with a wife from Wisconsin, there is certainly never a shortage of cheese or beer in our house. This delicious soup incorporates both into a dish like nothing you’ve probably ever tasted before. This vegetable broth based soup is hearty, filling, and delicious. With a bit of bite from the horseradish, and great depth of flavour thanks to the sauteed onion, garlic, and roasted red pepper, this sharp cheddar and dark beer soup is a perfect dish to start off any meal and perfect to feed to your hungry football playoff guests.

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Dec
12
2014

A Year in Food: 8 Favourite Recipes of 2014

A wholly subjective view of an entirely delicious year

top recipes 2014

2014 is ramping up into holiday season before bidding us a fond adieu. That means a lot of entertaining and cooking for friends and family. To help you stay inspired I went through all of the YMC recipes I posted this year and chose my absolute favourites for you below.

So what are you waiting for? Gather some of your favourite people around and send 2014 out in delicious style!

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Dec
05
2014

Slow Cooker White Kidney Bean and Barley Soup Recipe

A taste of Italian home-style cooking- from your Crock Pot

slow cooker soup
Culinary travel has many wonderful benefits. You get to experience a place through its delicious food and drink, while the essence of its past, present, and future unfolds on your palate. There's no better way to learn about a people's history and culture than through the food that defines them.
 
This is surely as true in Italy as anywhere else in the world. There are no meal times in Italy. Restaurants are full from dawn until well after dusk. Meals are not confined to North America's three square meals a day. Between breakfast and lunch?

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Dec
03
2014

Small but Mighty: Lunchbox Broccoli Mini Quiche

Scrambling for nut-free school lunch ideas? Try these super easy mini quiches!

It's getting harder and harder to come up with inventive lunches the kids are willing to take on a regular basis. It seems since peanut butter fell off of the school lunch menu there are few options that my kids don't start to get sick of after a few days in a row. That means I've got to keep changing up the sandwiches I give them, or get inventive in the kitchen.

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Nov
20
2014

Bake with Beer: Guinness Cake Recipe

Secret Ingredient: Holiday Peace

Guinness cake

Having a lot of family together in one place over the holidays can lead to a lot of strife. Sally doesn't want to sleep in the same room as her boy cousins. Little Bobby will only sit next to his brother at meals. No one likes Aunt Julie's green bean casserole. And Uncle Ned keeps muttering to himself in the corner about how his gifts are never appreciated.

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Nov
07
2014

Breakfast For Dinner With A Mexican Twist: Huevos del Norte

Comforting and delicious, sweet and tangy, salty and savoury.

Huevos del Norte

I'm not sure how a Jewish girl from the Midwest US falls in love with Mexican food - but so it goes. My wife has always had an affinity for it. Tacos, quesadillas, taquitos, tortilla soup, burritos, tamales, chille rellenos, pambazos. Sign her up.

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Marrying a girl from Wisconsin has many immediate benefits. You automatically get to become a legitimate fan of the winning-est franchise in NFL history; you don't need an excuse to drink beer before noon; and you don't need to apologize to anyone for your insatiable love of cheese. Sure I could tell you all of the other reasons I married a girl from Wisconsin, but I'd rather win the day on beer and cheese alone. Crack open a bottle of your favourite brew and get a load of the cheesy goodness of this recipe for homemade Parmesan Gnocchi. It's not difficult at all.

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Oct
15
2014

Simple and Quick Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Fall Memories, Pumpkin Dreams

"'I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." A marvelous quote my wife recently blurted out in a car ride through the fall country side. I'll ignore the fact that it came from Anne of Green Gables. Growing up in a home with three sisters I've spent a lifetime avoiding Anne of Green Gables, Sarah of Avonlea, Laura of Walnut Grove and Margaret of New York and later New Jersey. In fact, I've somewhat mastered the art of avoidance having grown up without ever seeing Grease, Sound of Music, or Dirty Dancing... but I digress..

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Oct
12
2014

Slow Cooker Moroccan Kugel with Sweet Potato

Hear me now, believe me later. You've just gotta try this dish!

Comfort food is universal; it exists in all cultures. Warm, slow cooked meals that bring a smile to the end of any long day.

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Oct
06
2014
Many home cooks dread the Thanksgiving holiday each year. They aren't intimidated by the large crowd coming over, or the multi-course meal they need to prepare, it's the turkey that keeps them up at night with the sweats. Nothing will spoil a Thanksgiving dinner like ruining the star of the show. So how do you make sure you get a perfectly cooked turkey at your Thanksgiving meal?
 
Turkey cooks from the outside in.

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Sep
22
2014

Beer-Basted Beef Shanks and Argentinian Corn Pudding Recipe

A stick-to-your-ribs family dinner your kids will love!

One of the best cookbooks I came across this year was Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. While it's filled with some awesome and delicious recipes for grilled meats, it was this corn pudding recipe that's really won me over. It's like nothing you've tried before. Warm, comforting, full of fresh flavours and simple.

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Aug
27
2014

Taking In A Baseball Game? Here's Where You Should Eat!

A look at some of the best places for Canadians to eat "just outside" some of America's ballparks

Long before the Blue Jays ever played their first snowy game in April 1973, Canadians have been dipping south of the border for baseball road trips. While the game has always been cradled as America's past-time, the tradition of travelling from city to city to take in a game at multiple stadiums has practically become a Canadian rite of passage.

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Aug
11
2014

Just How Safe Are Canada's Food Allergen Warnings?

A look at the effectiveness of food allergy labels

For approximately 7% of Canadians, food allergies are no laughing matter. Those with food allergies have immune systems that mistakenly react to proteins in certain foods. Reactions can range from minor skin irritations, to gastro-intestinal issues,  respiratory or cardiovascular problems, and even death. Health Canada has implemented strict rules when it comes to labelling packaged foods with allergen warnings.

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Aug
05
2014

You Can Make The Original 1964 Buffalo Wings Recipe

Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of The Buffalo Wing!

Canadians have always had a soft spot for Buffalo, NY. If cities could be adopted, Canada would have made Buffalo a member of the family long ago. We love to shop and watch football games there, and occasionally poke fun at the number of snow storms they get hit with. Another favourite is the famed Buffalo chicken wing! This year, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Wingit’s a saucy one.

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Jul
13
2014

Potato Gnocchi with Chicken and Wild Mushroom Ragu

A garden-fresh pasta dish your family will love

The summer months bring so much fresh local produce at the grocery store. Backyard gardens are ripening with fresh vegetables and herbs. This tasty ragu recipe uses wholesome ingredients you can be proud to serve to your family. Pillowy soft gnocchi that your kids will love and a filling and flavourful sauce they'll devour.

Second helpings please!

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Jul
01
2014

Basil-Ricotta (Nut-Free!) Pesto Pasta

A nut-free pesto sauce your family will flip over

Backyard herb gardens are a wonderful way to try out your green thumb and an easy way to save money at the grocery store. However, many herbs grow as quickly as weeds and you'll quickly find yourelf with an abundance of the stuff ready for pruning.

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