HOW TO | HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT HOLIDAY ROAST

HOW TO | HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT HOLIDAY ROAST

By Lynne Curry  These days, many of us are weighing the impacts and ethics of meat eating in general. So the prospect of buying and cooking a holiday roast is more daunting than ever. Here’s a guide to navigating today’s meat markets and making a centerpiece roast worth celebrating.     Source quality beef The single most important decision to make is what beef to buy, because flavor is largely predetermined before the roast goes into the oven. Quality beef is strongly correlated with the cattle’s quality of life: Did…

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HOW TO | ‘EXPLODED’ TOMATO SAUCE

HOW TO | ‘EXPLODED’ TOMATO SAUCE

By Julia della Croce  At long last, cherry tomatoes are here, pay dirt for every ghastly love apple we’ve had to eat out of season. Whether Italian heirlooms or American hybrids, Ciliegini or Principe Borghese, Sun Golds or Black Pearls, Sugar Snacks or Honeydrops, these babies are tomato candy. What the best of them have that the Beefsteaks and other big boys of backyard gardens and farmers markets often fail to deliver is the sharp acid sweetness that nature intended for their breed.     I like to eat them…

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FOOD | CHICKEN WITH A TWIST

FOOD | CHICKEN WITH A TWIST

By Rinku Bhattacharya  As the calendar starts to reach the other side of July, we are well into grilling season, enjoying the smoke and fire of the grill on longer relaxed evenings. Vegetables, red meat and seafood all work well with the sensuous kiss of fire, but when it comes to grilling, chicken is my personal workhorse. I find chicken a way to showcase many flavors. A good, healthy marinade is all it needs to make it the star of the season. Add to it your favorite assortment of market…

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HOW TO | DRY RUB PORK RIBS

HOW TO | DRY RUB PORK RIBS

By David Latt  The summertime debate is on. What is the easiest way to cook pork ribs? Boil, roast or grill? High heat, low heat, wet sauce or dry rub? I’ve tried them all. Now the question is settled, at least for me. Slow roasting with a dry rub. To avoid summer’s heat, I put the ribs in a 250 F oven before I go to bed. When I wake up, the ribs are moist with a bacon-thin, sweetened crust. And these best-ever ribs cooked while I was fast asleep….

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HOW TO | GRILLING THE PERFECT STEAK

HOW TO | GRILLING THE PERFECT STEAK

One of my passions is grilling meat in the summer. It doesn’t really matter what kind of meat, pork, chicken, sausage, ribs, roasts, however my favourite is BEEF.  Not just any beef mind you, Canadian AAA Western Beef, aged to perfection and full of flavour. I often get asked “how do you cook the perfect steak on the BBQ?” It’s not rocket science, nor do you have to be a gourmet. The way to cook the perfect steak is to follow a few simple steps that I learned decades ago….

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