Let me start by proudly telling all the nay-sayers: you CAN grill an entire Thanksgiving dinner on the BBQ. I've got a lot of friends south of the border who combine two great U.S. traditions — Thanksgiving and football. For a lot of people this means kicking back in their armchair and putting on the television to watch a full day of NFL games, while taking a break just long enough to gobble down some turkey with all the fixings. However, in Detroit and Dallas they have hosted the Thanksgiving Classics since the league's inception in 1920.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"'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..
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Wing—it’s a saucy one.