Steel Cut Oats Overnight

Oatmeal. Who hasn’t heard of the health benefits of starting your day with oatmeal, especially if you are using steel cut oats? A recent health study found that a large bowl of oatmeal each day can protect against death from cancer. Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein,… Continue reading Steel Cut Oats Overnight

Savouring Summer Corn Salsa

My mother is a farmer’s daughter. She grew up on a farm that is just outside of the “big” town of Creemore. When we were kids and went to visit my grandparents in the summer, just before dinner time we would be asked to go to the back garden and pick some corn for dinner. Nothing… Continue reading Savouring Summer Corn Salsa

Cherry Bomb Muffins

Cherries are a wonderful taste of summer. I spent quite a few years living in the Niagara region, and cherry season was always the time to run to the Harvest Barn or another local food market and pick up cherries (and cherry pies). Who hasn’t spent some time in their youth eating cherries and seeing… Continue reading Cherry Bomb Muffins

The Emilio Picariello Cocktail – A Guest Post by Homebartendr

Thanks to Scott and Beth from Homebartendr – my go-to blog for what cocktails, home bar information as well as one of my favourite Instagram posters- for this guest blog post, inspired by Gasoline Alley. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, or sign up for their fabulous posts! The Emilio Picariello Cocktail – a… Continue reading The Emilio Picariello Cocktail – A Guest Post by Homebartendr

Gasoline Alley

I think most people have a love affair with cars. You can’t wait to get your driver’s licence and learn how to drive. You remember the car you drove around in as a kid (1972 Pontiac Laurentian Safari Station Wagon), your first car (1987 Volkswagen Fox) and the car you had a crush on that… Continue reading Gasoline Alley

Fresh Summer Gazpacho with Basil Oil

  As some of you know, my older sister Louise suffers from celiac disease. She is also vegetarian (actually pescatarian, but since I can’t eat fish or shellfish, I stick with vegetarian for her). She has her birthday in August and I thought gazpacho would be something she would enjoy. It is a great way… Continue reading Fresh Summer Gazpacho with Basil Oil

The Vasari Corridor – Part 3 – The Artists

The Vasari Corridor is a 1-kilometer long self-portrait gallery. Originally, when started by Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici, artists were commissioned to paint their self-portrait for the collection; but the Vasari collection got so famous that artists who arrived in Florence would show up at the gallery with their self-portrait in hand. There are famous faces, like… Continue reading The Vasari Corridor – Part 3 – The Artists