Food

As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, try these 5 easy and delicious recipes to celebrate the spring.   Pasta Primavera   Boil a large pot of salted water, then add 12 ounces of fusili pasta. Cook according to the package instructions. In the last 2 minutes of boiling, toss in a half pound of sugar snap peas or broccoli florets, two shredded carrots, and one bell pepper cut into strips. Take out 1/2 cup cooking water to reserve for later, then drain the pasta and vegetables and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add... more ...
The holiday season is the perfect time to turn on your oven and warm up your home! From cranberries and oranges to nutmeg and cinnamon, the winter months offer an exciting assortment of seasonal flavors to sample. Do you want to surprise your guests with a new treat this Christmas season? Make one of these simple and delicious recipes for your next holiday party!       YUMMY PEPPERMINT BISCOTTI   Mint lovers will adore this deliciously wintry biscotti recipe. A chocolate and crushed peppermint frosting make this snack a seasonal favorite.   Prep Time: 1 hour ... more ...
As the leaves fall from the trees and the sun sets earlier each evening, the crisp, cool days of autumn can feel especially rushed. Fortunately, the fall harvest brings us a number of great seasonal foods, from tart apples to savory squash. Make the most of these excellent autumnal flavours with these simple, mouth-watering dinner dishes. Even on the coldest autumn days, these hearty meals will keep you warm and fill you up.   CHICKEN KIEV Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes   Chicken Kiev is a quick, filling dish that's straight-forward and easy to prepare, making... more ...
The market for gluten-free foodstuffs is increasing rapidly year by year. In the United States, sales in the niche food market have more than doubled since 2010. Though the gluten-free food industry is now raking in more than $20 billion dollars annually, most of us are still in the dark as to what the "gluten-free diet" really is. Would you benefit from eating gluten-free items, or is the diet merely a passing fad? Read on to learn more!   What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in a number of grains, most notably wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Gluten is a naturall... more ...
Unless you're a celebrity, or happen to be alarmingly wealthy, then it's fairly unlikely that you'll ever enjoy the culinary delights of one of the world's most celebrated and talented chefs while dining in one of their restaurants. However, that doesn't negate their contribution to the world of cooking; like fashion designers, the world's leading chefs set the trends, influencing those who create the dishes that we enjoy locally. But who are the world's leading chefs? Here, in no particular order, are ten of the best.   Gordon Ramsay One of the most recogni... more ...
It is an American summertime staple. A diverse and indulgent culinary delight. Everyone's favorite ground beef-based food. It is the burger. They are pretty much always edible, but it takes a little something special to make a burger truly amazing. By following a few pieces of advice from the Monarch Room's executive chef Michael Citarella, anyone can enjoy a gourmet burger in the comfort of their own home.     What Makes the Perfect Burger? It is all about the ingredients. Obviously, the most important part of a burger is the meat. The patty should not be thick, and it i... more ...
Sometimes it seems that we're constantly hearing about what we should and shouldn't eat. One day we hear that a food cuts our risk of heart problems, the next that it increases the risk of a stroke. It can be hard to know what we should be eating - we all know that on the whole, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and fat but what about other foods? What foods should be in your diet but aren't? Read on to find out.     Walnuts Due to containing high levels of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (a type of Omega 3 fat), walnuts are thought to help boost your mood... more ...
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also quite stressful! If you're hosting a party on the run up to Christmas, the last thing you need is to swamp yourself with complicated recipes. However, you can still impress your guests with some clever cooking cheats.   Spicy Candied Nuts Popular with our American cousins, the combination of sweet, salt and spice makes this the perfect accompaniment to a festive tipple. Also makes a great gift. Take 500g shelled mixed unsalted nuts, bake for ten minutes at 300 degrees centigrade, cool, then add to a saucepan. In a b... more ...
If you're used to cooking for a crowd, it's hard to adjust to cooking for only two people. It's nice to know that many of your favorite recipes can be portioned out for two people, and you can freeze as many extra portions as necessary. There are also many meals that can be made for two people without any freezing at all. Here are five tips on how cooking for two may be easier than you thought:   1) Mix up some meatballs It's not easy to make a spaghetti and meatball dinner for two without a ton of leftovers. If you want to cook up a big batch of pasta sauce and meatba... more ...
Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it the comforting scents of cinnamon, apples, and that versatile orange squash, the pumpkin. Before carving yours into a jack-o-lantern, take a look at some of the savory delights you can create with the pulp of this harvest favorite.           Pumpkin Cake Roll   For the breading: - 3 eggs - 1 c sugar - 2/3 c fresh pumpkin - 1 tsp. lemon juice - 3/4 c flour - 1 tsp. ginger - 1 tsp. baking powder - 2 tsp. cinnamon - 1/2 tsp. salt - 1/2 tsp. nutmeg   Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. After beating t... more ...