Gav Martell: He’s in the Kitchen

Jun
20
2014

4 Ingredient Cookies And Cream Ice Cream Recipe

You won't believe how good homemade tastes!

Our ice cream maker is doing over-time now that the warm weather has arrived. This easy recipe for homemade cookies and cream ice cream will make you feel good about serving your family a frosty treat. I couldn't believe how great this tasted—as good as anything you'd find in the freezer section of the grocery store.

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Jun
16
2014

With the summer heat setting in, we're all about the cool treats these days. Unfortunately, my wife has a severe nut allergy, which means a lot of the store-bought stuff is off-limits. So, we've got our KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment out more often than not. There is no shortage of requests in this department either.

"Daddy, can you make bubble gum and jaw breaker ice cream?"

"Daddy, do you think we could make Doritos-flavoured ice cream?"

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Jun
04
2014

Top 6 Father's Day Grilling Gear And Gadgets!

This Father’s Day, Will You Be A Grill Gifter?

It shouldn't be difficult to choose a gift for dad this Father's Day.

Like a lot of dads I'm happiest in front of my grill. I love cooking up food that I know my family is going to absolutely love. There is no better feeling than sitting down to dinner and watching my kids devour my latest grilled recipe du jour. Did you know that Father’s Day is one of the top five special occasions that Canadians choose to fire up the grill (44%), according to a new Weber Canadian GrillWatch™ survey? 

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Jun
02
2014

5 Important Features Your New Coffee Maker Must Have

Choosing The Perfect Coffee Maker For Your Kitchen

How To Choose The Perfect Coffee Maker For Your Kitchen

We are a family of coffee drinkers.

It’s not unusual for my wife and I to start our day sitting at our kitchen table eating our breakfast over matching cups of coffee. It’s also more often than not that you can find us in the late evening sitting out on our porch with matching cups of coffee.

I guess you can say I’m somewhat of a coffee connoisseur.

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There are a LOT of different cuts of beef. Sides of beef are massive and get broken down into many different steaks and cuts.  

For a lot of people just thinking about a visit to the meat counter can bring on an onset of anxiety. I can't tell you how often people call me asking if they can use this cut of beef for that recipe or that cut for this recipe. Hopefully I can clarify some of the confusion at the meat counter for you.

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The weather is heating up, which means it's time to start thinking about some cool treats. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, and icee treats are finding their way into people's shopping cart and into their freezers. Here are ten great ways to have some ice cream treats that don't involve a cone!

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Apr
29
2014

Kids Eat Free: Canada

Calling all parents! Here's a handy list of restaurants that will let your kids eat for free!

The heyday of Kids Eat Free are long gone north of the border.

Where many US chains will still woo families by offering free meals for kids, the offer has become more and more scarce in Canada. About a decade ago dozens of family restaurants were offering Kids Eat Free deals across the Canadian restaurant landscape. Today it's the exception and while most chains offer kid's menus with appropriate pricing, gratis meals have all but disappeared.

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Apr
24
2014
seafood in las vegas

One of my favourite sayings is: "If you can't see the sea, don't order the fish." I mean, you'd think the last place you should look for great fish and seafood would be in the middle of the desert? Alas, as with many other things, Las Vegas throws all caution to the wind and not only disproves this theory but rather obliterates it. Some of the greatest fish restaurants in North America can be found up and down the famous length of Las Vegas Boulevard. 

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Apr
14
2014

Your Life Changing Moment Could Be Just A Tweet Away

"You never know where a cookie recipe will get you!"

It's not every day you get a message telling you that your cookie recipe post may have changed someone's life. 

I was working away on a document I was already late delivering when a twitter message popped up on my screen "You never know where a cookie recipe will get you!" A reader had reconnected with the love of her life by sharing a recipe of mine on Twitter. The details are right off of the pages of a book or the big screen. So let's jump back a few years...

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Apr
13
2014

5 Tips To Help Get Your BBQ Ready For Summer

Give your grill the spring cleaning it deserves

As the weather warms, many people decide it's an appropriate time to thoroughly clean whatever cobwebs and junk piles have accumulated over the winter. For me it always means cleaning out the garage, the shed, and the porch. It's also a great habit for spring cleaning to include your outdoor grill!

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Mar
31
2014

Pambazos: Mexican Fried Eggplant Sandwich Recipe

The vegetarian Mexican street food that you need to have in your belly

I'm not sure how you say orgasm in Spanish. But I'm going to assume it's 'Pambazos.' I learned about this Mexican street food a few years ago on Serious Eats and have been waiting for an opportunity to make it ever since. A sinfully delicious vegetarian combo of refried beans mixed with spicy and flavour-packed chili in adobo sauce, layered with home-roasted pablano peppers, fried eggplant, lettuce, and avocado... smothered with red enchilada sauce and finally grilled in a panini press.

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Mar
20
2014

Flourless Mint Chocolate Cake Recipe

Perfect for Passover or all year long

Flourless cakes are delicious year round but on Passover they are a great addition to any mom or dad's recipe repertoire. Boxed Passover cakes and dessert always look great on the package but inevitably don't make the grade once you taste them. Very often potato flour is used as a substitute for flour in these recipes. Ew. Just ew.
 
This delicious flourless chocolate cake is guaranteed to delight your family and guests. Silky soft, rich chocolate with a hint of mint in every mouthful.

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Mar
09
2014

Guinness and Baileys Brownie Hamentashen Recipe

A St. Patrick's Day and Purim Mash-Up

Two delicious holidays fall within a month of one another every year. The Jewish holiday of Purim (see: scrumptious triangle filled cookies) and St. Patrick's Day (see: Baileys, Guinness, Irish soda bread, stew and so on...) are both ones I look forward to on the calendar. This year, as the Jewish calendar swings based on a lunar calendar, the two are just a day apart. I thought I'd take the opportunity to meld together two of my favourites with a Purim & St.

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Mar
04
2014

Winter this year just hasn't let up! So this Canadian dad started looking for some delicious ways to incorporate snow into the kitchenbeyond some of the obvious more traditional methods you may know.

Check it out:

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Mar
03
2014

Weekly Dinner Must-Have: Kid-Friendly Baked Ziti Recipe

A quick and budget-friendly meal that will be a big hit with your whole family

Baked Ziti

With a mom and dad who can both cook up a pretty mean dinner my kids get pretty spoiled at dinner time. Dinners are varied and we'll cook just about anything the kids can think up for dinner ideas on any given week. There's one recipe though that has stood the test of time and still shows up at our dinner table each and every week. Saucy, cheesy, easy-to-make baked ziti is always a winner. Give it a try and pretty soon it will be added in to your rotation family dinner rotation too!

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Feb
26
2014

Kidney Bean and Kale: The Superfoods Soup

Shhh...your kids won't know it's jam-packed with Superfood stars

I love making soups for my family. It's such a simple way to make sure my kids are getting great nutrition in their diets. I love knowing exactly just how much fresh ingredients are packed into every spoonful. This recipe focuses in on some of the super-foods I want to make sure my kids are getting.

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Feb
19
2014

Easy Homemade Canadian Onion Ring Poutine Recipe

Our own homage to the Sochi Winter Game Rings - a classic Canadian Recipe redux!

We have always been huge fans of the Olympics around our house. During the summer games, we become glued to our televisions to watch swimming, gymnastics, trampolining, soccer, and track and field. During the winter games, we are equally glued to our screens, only this time we are enthralled with the skiing and snowboarding, the luging, the skating, and of course, the hockey. 

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Feb
13
2014

Easy Homemade Canadian Winter Donut Recipe

A simple-to-make version of a great Canadian classic treat!

Our family has been fortunate to visit Ottawa for the annual Winterlude festivities on numerous occasions. One of the highlights of Winterlude are all of the delicious treats you can find throughout the city. By far my kids' favourite are BeaverTails® pastries.

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Feb
03
2014

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

The other healthy snack that will have you saying so long to chips and pretzels.

The day I started running I lost my sweet tooth. That was a blessing I got twenty years ago; however, I do still have a craving for salty and savoury snacks.

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Feb
02
2014

Crunchy Roasted Lentils Recipe

The healthy snack that will have you saying so long to chips and pretzels

The day I started running I lost my sweet tooth. That was a blessing I got twenty years ago. However, I do still have a craving for salty and savoury snacks. With chips and pretzels all too easy to reach for I'm always on the lookout for tasty alternatives that can fill that craving.

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