Gav Martell: He’s in the Kitchen

Jan
24
2014

Great Skiing, Great Price: Ogden, Utah

A belly-bursting ski trip that won't break the bank

While often overlooked due to its shiny nearby neighbour Park City, Ogden Utah is a hidden gem tucked in just north of Salt Lake City. It is a ski destination that manages to combine good skiing and great food, while remaining at an affordable price point. Over the last few decades North American skiing has become an expensive past-time. In an effort to woo tourists, ski resorts across North America have been building bigger and more impressive resorts.

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Jan
16
2014

Honey Mustard Coleslaw Recipe

The perfect combination of creamy and classic

Cooking for kids is not always easy. One likes pasta with sauce, one likes pasta with cheese. One likes meat sauce with spaghetti, one likes meat sauce with elbow macaroni. It's like I can never win. In our house it's always a battle when I decide to make coleslaw. One loves creamy, the other loves vinegar. I've been toying with a perfect compromise and think I've come across a dressing everyone can be happy with — honey mustard! Give it a try.

I'd love to hear what your family thinks.

Ingredients:

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Jan
08
2014

Superhero Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Send yourself a Superhero Wake-up call

I wasn't always a superhero. Breakfasts used to consist of whatever I could grab and stuff in my gob before running out the door on my way to work in the morning. However, after a visit to Ireland last year, eating good-for-you food and having some wonderful conversations with people about how important good food is for you mind, body and spirit. I decided I had finally had enough of eating foods that weren't fit for human consumption.

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Jan
02
2014

5 Tools To Turn Your Roast Beef From Meh To Magnificent

Without These Kitchen Tools Perfect Roast Beef Will Be Impossible

Making perfect roast beef at home should not be intimidating or difficult. With a few simple steps and some essential tools you can make sure that any roast you make, from an expensive standing rib roast to a lower end chuck roast, will turn out perfect every time.

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Dec
24
2013

Santa's Little Helper Cookies

The schnapps will make these mom and dad's favourites!

These spiked cookies are an excellent way to indulge over the holidays! With extra time at home I'm busy experimenting in the kitchen and whipped up a batch of some custom crafted booze-enhanced cookies. People love trying different flavour combinations. I tried vanilla cookies with Kahlua cream centres and chocolate cookies with Creme de Cacao cream. Mix and match your favourite cookies and schnapps to see what your favourite is! 

Santa will definitely be taking some of these home for Mrs. Claus.

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Dec
19
2013
Special moments in time. But truth be told, special doesn’t even do these justice. They are moments when you sit back and realize that you are IN IT, a place where you are in perfect sync with the universe, simply because you are sitting, standing, lying right there at this exact place and time. You can call it a Zen moment, the stars aligning, or any other term to describe your soul being fulfilled at its current state.
 
For me, it was the first time I stepped out on the ice with a hockey stick in my hand.

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Dec
10
2013

Ricotta Gnudi Recipe

Your kids' new favourite pasta will be the one you make them at home!

Be careful how you word it when you ask your friends if they'd like to check out your gnudis (with a silent 'g' it's pronounced "nudey.") However, they'll all fall in love with this ricotta-based football-shaped pasta that's as fluffy as clouds. Gnudi is similar to gnocchi — it's a soft, thick pasta made with flour and egg but is lighter because it's main ingredient is ricotta cheese. The consistency can almost be compared to a matzoh ball — but oh-so-much-more delicious!

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Nov
30
2013

Beef Short Ribs with Tagliatelle Recipe

A slow cooker recipe served up with shaved chocolate!

I definitely get asked for slow cooker recipes more than anything else. As it gets colder outside the number of requests for war, comforting food just skyrockets!

This is a really great recipe that I modified to be slow cooker friendly. It’s tasty, relatively inexpensive to make, and leftovers make for a delicious soup!

In addition, Giada Laurentii’s recipe calls for a touch of bittersweet chocolate over top to really make the flavours of the dish pop. It was certainly a first for me! 

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Nov
20
2013

Hanukkah is right around the corner, and I have been cooking up lots of traditional holiday dishes. I thought, though, that I’d opt for a twist on the traditional latke. These hybrid sweet potato latkes topped with some super charged sour cream make for a great combo.

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Nov
14
2013

The SAMCROnut Recipe

A sandwich worthy of Being a Redwood original

SAMCROnut recipe
Sons of Anarchy is a TV show that has clearly hit its stride. The FX show follows a fictional motorcycle club in California's Central Valley. As my wife likes to say "You don't need to be a fan of motorcycles to be a fan of Sons." The Sons, or SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Originals) as they're named, have picked up a huge following and average a 2.5 rating on Tuesday night TV in the US (about 4.5 million homes).

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Nov
12
2013

5 Ways to Save For a Family Vacation This Winter

How AIR MILES Reward Miles Can Help Get You There Faster

5 Ways to Save For a Family Vacation This Winter
I'm fortunate to be able to travel as much as I do. Chasing culinary destinations around North America and the globe is really not a bad way to spend your time away from home!

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We all know how healthy carrots are, but we throw away some of the most nutritious parts every time we peel a carrot and throw away the tops. Many of the beneficial nutrients in a carrot are contained in the carrot's peel. By removing the peel of a carrot, you are removing much of the nutrients naturally present in the vegetable. Also, did you know that carrot tops are just as healthy as the root? They are highly nutritive, rich in protein, minerals and vitamins. They contain six times the vitamin C of the root and are a great source of potassium and calcium!

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Oct
24
2013

Buttercup Squash and Mushroom Medley

To Everything There Is a Season

I look for food inspiration everywhere and anywhere but one of the things I've learned is that it's crucial to buy produce that is in season. Feeding my family fruits and vegetables that have been grown to handle a 2-week trip across the continent on the back of a truck just so they can eat strawberries in February is NOT the right decision.

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Oct
09
2013

Halloween Franken-Turkey

Horrify them with this frightful main dish!

This Halloween terrify your whole family with this Franken-Turkey. It gets served looking like a bird with 8 wings!

You simply insert chicken wings into incisions in a turkey breast before you roast it. As the fat and skin render and roast the whole thing fuses together so that your dish looks like some creature from a sci-fi film. An easy trick that will have them squealing with delight when you bring it to the table this Halloween. 

Your kids will be talking about it all year!

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Oct
09
2013

Halloween Lady's Fingers

An Easy Halloween Treat Your Ghouls Will Gobble Up!

This Halloween treat is ghoulishly delightful. Your kids will take exceptional delight gobbling down these tasy fingers. While they are horrifying to look at, they are a pretty healthy choice compared to some of the candy and chocolate that will be vying for your kids' attention this Halloween! Try these fingers out on your crew. They're easy to make and frighteningly delicious!

What you'll need:

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Oct
09
2013

Halloween Guacamole Exorcism

A Halloween Snack That Will Have Their Heads Spinning!

You'll have everyone thinking twice before dipping into this Halloween spook-tacular guacamole dish. Orange peppers carved like jack-o-lanters appear to be tossing their last meal across the tray in a scene reminiscent of The Exorcist. An excellent appetizer or snack to put out when your guests arrive for a Halloween meal or party.

What you'll need:

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Oct
03
2013

Homemade Israeli Hummus

A kid-friendly snack that packs a healthy punch

homemade hummus

Hummus is one of those foods that can really land on a really wide spectrum when it comes to texture and taste. The texture can go from lumpy and gritty to airy and fluffy. The flavour can be light and lemony, or heavy and garlicky. Personally, there is nothing quite like a simple homemade hummus. Nothing fancy — just the essentials. Processed until almost at a whipped consistency with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil it really is a thing of beauty. A food that dates back hundreds of years and is a winner in our house today.

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Sep
27
2013

Sweet 'n Fresh Chicken Recipe

Your kids won't believe how delicious mom or dad can cook!

Since midway through this summer our family has been all about using real foods in our recipes and avoiding a lot of the additives and preservatives in packaged foods. It's also cut out a lot of the excess sodium and sugar (read: corn syrup) in our diets. While we would have once used sauce from a jar, this chicken recipe is fully flavoured from ingredients that are fresh and delicious. It got adapted from using white sugar to a bit of maple syrup but otherwise it's still true to form.

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Sep
23
2013

Buttercup Squash Risotto

This risotto may take a little time but it's an autumn flavour you'll never forget

Look, I'm all for cooking for the kids and getting dinner to the table as quickly and as easily as possible. But sometimes, say every 3 years, I get the urge. The urge to labour over a dish and spend a large portion of my day nurturing and caring for it. To have my food be a labour of love. There is no better tasting dish than one you worked for so long. The brisket you smoked for 8 hours. The homemade ketchup you spent a weekend making. The chicken bouillabaisse that took an eternity.

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Sep
16
2013

Spaghetti Bolognese

A healthy, kid-friendly version of a classic recipe

Cooking for my kids is one of my favourite things to do. They are the perfect panel of taste testers. Varying degrees of pickiness, different like and dislikes with a sprinkling of brutal honesty. I know they're going to let me know right away whether they like a dish or not.

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