Category Archives: summer

Smoked Tomato Gazpacho

Smoking then juicing plump Roma tomatoes gives this gazpacho an extra kick. The subtly smoky flavour of the tomatoes balances perfectly with the vegetables and seasonings to make a delicious soup with an intriguing taste that is sure to impress. … Continue reading

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Gooseberry-Red Currant Gin Fizz

I’m not a big fan of overly sweet drinks. My tastes seem to run more towards the tart end of the taste spectrum and I love a cocktail that is discernably sour, though not mouth-puckeringly so. This variation on the … Continue reading

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Two minute no-cook chocolate pudding

This no-cook chocolate pudding is super creamy and rich thanks to the avocados. It’s got so much flavour that people likely won’t even realize that it’s also really healthy! Gluten-free, vegan and lactose-free, it’s a versatile base for lots of … Continue reading

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Mini Apple Pie No-Bake Cheesecakes

I love using mascarpone in cheesecake-style desserts because it has a soft, satiny texture and less sodium than cream cheese. Combining whipped mascarpone with the fixings for cheesecake crust and canned apple pie filling makes for a most splendid no-bake … Continue reading

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No-cook Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

When it’s really hot out, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven to cook. Yet, at the same time, I cannot imagine entertaining friends and family but not serving dessert. This recipe is perfect for … Continue reading

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Crunchy Curried Cauliflower Pickles

Refrigerator pickles are a quick, easy way to capture the flavours of the season and enjoy them for months afterwards. I was excited to find some cauliflower in this month’s Farmers’ Feast challenge basket, courtesy of Linda’s Garden at the … Continue reading

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Mini Fruit Pies

I like to think of this dish as the perfect marriage between fruit crisp and fruit pie, combining crunchy oatmeal cookie-like topping with an assortment of gently sweetened fruit. I’m grateful each year to the fine folks from Warner’s Farm … Continue reading

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