Wine Wednesday: a New Year’s solution to my fear of flying corks

We celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas here at CasaNJG. This means we are exponentially more likely to require bubbly to celebrate the season. As you know, I am deathly afraid of Champagne corks (see previous post on this very subject). This year, I am happy to announce that I have found a solution, if not a cure to my problem. The question of spoilage due to the use of natural corks, aside, these things rock! I can safely open a bottle of bubbly without fear of embarassment or personal injury. Flat Rock Cellars Riddled –... | Continue reading article

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Food, Wine and Generosity: Red and White for Harmony House, Pasta 101 for Parkdale Food Centre, and Giveaway

Donations to Parkdale Food Centre Donations to Parkdale Food Centre

Were I to write a book about the Ottawa food scene, I would dedicate a chapter to how the restaurants, caterers, and local producers embrace and support the community, oftentimes with astounding generosity. Last Wednesday, I sat at my workstation shocked at what resulted from a morning Twitter exchange with the chef/owner of Absinthe Cafe (1208 Wellington Street W.). But, more on Patrick Garland and the pasta class he will be holding this Sunday (January 19, 2014) later. The Red and White for Harmony House Women’s Shelter Firstly, there are approximately 30 tickets remaining for... | Continue reading article

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Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas Mini Hero Sandwiches with Roasted Chickpeas

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. It started January 6th (Monday) and ends today. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. Voting began January... | Continue reading article

Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly Coconut Rice Gnocchi with Thai Red Curry Roasted Pork Belly

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow… Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.... | Continue reading article

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Coconut Crispy Fish Tacos for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Coconut Crispy Fish Tacos Coconut Crispy Fish Tacos

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow… Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.... | Continue reading article

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Tortilla Soup for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Tortilla Soup Tortilla Soup

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow… Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.... | Continue reading article

Vegetable Noodle Frittata for Thai Kitchen Canada #TKLucky7

Vegetable Noodle Frittata with Pastry Vegetable Noodle Frittata with Pastry

So, I took a challenge to compete against some rather talented Canadian food bloggers. The wrinkle, all dishes must be worldly mashups. Branding and Buzzing, the marketing firm behind this campaign, will also provide suggestions for a “seasonal requirement,” “which course dishes will be included in,” and “what kind of protein to employ.” The challenge, create 7 recipes for dishes, using McCormick products, heavy on those from Thai Kitchen Canada. Voting begins January 13th here on the blog and over on our Facebook page. More to follow… Voting began January 13th, click here to vote.... | Continue reading article

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Three Dog Winery + Harmony House = The Red and White

Imagine sitting at your dining room table, sipping a wine from a vineyard you helped plant, or knowing that you were there at the beginning? John and Sasha Squair are Prince Edward County’s biggest supporters. Residents of the county, involved in every good cause, found at every local event, they have been promoting the County’s bounty for many years. In a tremedous act of “going for broke” and “living your dream”, John and Sasha Squair started their very own winery: Three Dog Winery, in 2013. A few of us headed down there in June to help plant... | Continue reading article