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5 tips to take your barbecue game to the next level
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5 Tips to Take Your Barbecue Game to the Next Level

As you all know, I take food very seriously. In fact, I’ve always loved to cook. However, one thing I’ve admittedly been happy to give up the reigns to has been barbecuing. Why? Not because I don’t enjoy it or think it’s a man’s job (believe me, I love a good hash mark as much as anyone else, and I don’t subscribe to gender roles). But because I know barbecuing is a whole ‘nother ball game. When I do something, I like to do it right; and if I don’t have the time to commit to something, I prefer not…

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Strawberry Floradora
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Strawberry Floradora Cocktail Recipe

Another beautiful summer week, another beautiful summer cocktail! I’ve been absolutely LOVING discovering and experimenting with new cocktails this year! TBH, had we not been in our current circumstances, I don’t think I’d have honed my bartending skills as much as I have. Today, I’m sharing a original fruity cocktail that has the loveliest pink hue: a Strawberry Floradora (made WAYYY easier with the help of Georgian Bay Strawberry Smashed Soda). What’s a Floradora? “What’s a Floradora?”, you ask? Well, the short answer is a pink drink typically made with gin, lime juice, raspberry syrup or liqueur, and ginger ale…

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Lavender Aviation Cocktail Recipe
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Lavender Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Aviation, but make it lavender! Here’s a brand new lavender cocktail recipe to take you into the weekend! What’s an Aviation Cocktail? Anyone who knows me well knows that my favourite cocktail is an Aviation. It’s the original purple drink, and a Prohibition Era cocktail that’s typically made with gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and crème de violette. But sadly, due to shortages in Ontario, finding any brand of crème de violette has proven difficult over the last couple of years. Cue the tiny violin. Whenever I’d go out to a restaurant or bar, I’d always ask the bartender to…

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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese

Comin’ in hot with another pasta recipe for you guys this week! This time, for another Italian classic: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. IMHO, there’s nothing NOT to love about Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. Like the Classic Spaghetti Carbonara recipe that I shared a little while ago, this is another example of a dish whose beauty lies in its simplicity (as with all good Italian cuisine). But first things first: let’s get this whole Bolognese thing right! What’s a Bolognese and How Should it be Eaten? If you grew up like me and your parents aren’t Italian, chances are, they made Spaghetti Bolognese…

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Summer pasta with Prosciutto di Parma
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Summer Pasta with Prosciutto di Parma, Burrata & Herbs

I’m so excited to share with you what I think is one of the prettiest and most delicious dishes I’ve ever made: a summer pasta made with Prosciutto di Parma, Burrata, and fresh herbs and veggies, like basil, parsley, green peas, and watercress. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes and mouth! This showstopping dish would be perfect for dining al fresco. While its flavours are complex, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to put together! One of the things I love most about pasta is its versatility. It’s not just a comfort food to be enjoyed during the cooler months….

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easy raspberry frozen yogurt
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Easy Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Are you team ice cream or team frozen yogurt? Personally, I don’t discriminate. I adooooooore my frozen treats, especially when the weather is nice! But lately, I’ve been leaning more towards fro-yo, as I’ve been trying to cut back a bit more on sugar (and reverse that ‘quarantine 15’ 😉). If you’re a fro-yo fan (or even if you’re not), I guarantee you’re gonna love this easy raspberry frozen yogurt that requires no churning whatsoever and takes less than 10 minutes to prep! I’ve shared a no-churn ice cream recipe on my blog in the past, but have never shared…

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two rice dishes in one
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Two Rice Dishes in One: Risotto & Arancini

Do you know what risotto and arancini have in common? Of course, if you’ve eaten both of these things before, you probably already know that they’re made from arborio rice. But did you realize that arancini can be made entirely from leftover risotto? That’s right – arancini are essentially just fried balls of risotto with an ooey gooey piece of mozzarella in the middle! Because you can get 2 dishes in 1 from risotto (and essentially, extra bang for your buck), that makes it the ultimate meal option. It’s also ideal for pleasing any fussy eater(s) you might have in…

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Classic Spaghetti Carbonara
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Classic Spaghetti Carbonara

If you ask me what my favourite Italian dish is, the answer will always be Spaghetti Carbonara. From the first moment I tasted this dish, it was amore! I’ve seen many incarnations of Carbonara at various places all over the world – some good, some bad. In fact, I once sent my ‘carbonara’ back at a chain restaurant because when it arrived, it was actually penne in a cream sauce with green peas and pieces of chicken. Spaghetti Carbonara became the margherita pizza of pastas for me. In other words, it was like my benchmark pasta. If a restaurant had…

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Trinidadian Stew Chicken
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Trinidadian Stew Chicken

I grew up eating Trinidadian stew chicken, since both my mom and dad were born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. This is one of the quintessential homecooked meals of Trinidad, and I have only the fondest memories associated with it (like the lovely aromas that would permeate our entire household, whenever my mom would make it). To this day, it remains my favourite homecooked Trinidadian dish! It’s sad to say, but in all these years of blogging, I haven’t once shared a Trinidadian dish. Why? Sounds silly, but it’s not that easy to make many of the best Caribbean…

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comfort food recipe round-up
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Comfort Food Recipe Round-Up

Brb, currently eating my feelings. The world is facing a really tough period, and we are all experiencing and coping with it differently. In times like these, many people turn to food for comfort, including myself. Whether it’s ordering copious amounts of my guilty pleasures (hello, pizza!) or playing around with new recipes and old favourites in my kitchen, a welcome distraction these days has been food. And all I seem to be craving are rich, decadent meals! So, I thought it would be a great time to round up and share some recipes with you – specifically, comfort food…

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