Remember your first lemonade stand as a kid? Your first taste of sweet business success! Many children’s first business venture, lemonade stands have dotted sidewalks since the 1800’s.
Popularized by New York City shopkeeper in 1879, the lemonade stand industry took off. By 1880, The New York Times wrote that small lemonade stands were setting up shop all over the city, offering customers a glass of refreshing freshly squeezed lemonade for 5 cents, a real bargain back then when nearby establishments charged 15 cents.
While New York City is credited with popularizing lemonade stands, a 10-year-old boy…Read More
From spicy and sweet to oh-so-smoky barbecue sauce isn’t just for covering up burnt meat! It’s the unofficial flavour of summer! After a long hot day, nobody wants to heat up the oven, instead beat the heat by barbequing your dinner.
And while it’s easy to head out to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of your favourite sauce, creating your own is easy too and will taste even better. The right sauce can be the difference between mediocre and mouth watering. It provides that little extra kick, to boost and compliment the natural flavours of…Read More
With summer fast approaching it means schools will be letting out and graduation season is upon us. Between end of year productions, graduations, convocations and proms, it’s the season to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than with good food?
Congratulate your graduate with a backyard BBQ bash! Invite family and friends over for either a pre-grad or post-grad party to kick off the summer right!
While planning a party can be stressful, the party itself shouldn’t be. Often someone gets stuck inside cooking and putting everything together. The solution is to keep it all outside.… Read More
No, not the road kind, we mean the wild vegetable kind. Also known as leeks, wild garlic, and spring onion; ramps are a wild vegetable that can be found in the early spring across eastern North America. The technical name (or binomial name) should you decide to add this vegetable to your garden is Allium Tricoccum.
Ramps are considered a rare delicacy in Canada, and a threatened species in Quebec, protected under Quebec legislation. A person can harvest no more than 200 grams or 50 plants for personal consumption in Quebec and commercial transactions of ramps are prohibited,… Read More
More than just great ice packs for hurt appendages, peas might just be the most versatile vegetable in the world! Whether fresh or frozen you can toss them in soup, rice, risotto, pizza, omelets, pastas, salads, casseroles, curries and more. They add colour, texture and nutritious value to any meal.
And while peas might be thought of as a cheaper vegetable today, they were once considered a delicacy in the UK. Taking just three minutes to cook from frozen, peas are far from the rare delicacy they once were, but they are still one of the most consumed…Read More
While burgers and hot dogs are staples of a summer BBQ, the condiments sometimes need a little spicing up!
Classics such as ketchup, mustard, relish, and mayo can only take your burger or dog so far and lets face it, after a while backyard BBQ’s can start to lose their appeal. Sure, most kids love a hot dog, but while your 5 year old is happy with just ketchup most adults crave a little something extra.
Maybe that’s why there seem to be more and more gourmet burger restaurants featuring exotic toppings popping up everyday. With toppings…Read More
With the arrival of summer, that means it’s time for outdoor entertaining and cold refreshing foods. Veggies and dips are one of the most popular snacks to serve, and for good reason. They are quick, easy to throw together and always a crowd pleaser.
However, some dips can be high in calories and take away from the nutritious value of veggies, which is why Tzatziki is great! As far as dips go, Tzatziki is fairly healthy and low in calories.
Tzatziki is a Greek sauce commonly used in many dishes, and makes a great dip for veggies…Read More
The bugs are buzzing and the fiddleheads are sprouting! These delicious vegetables come by their name honestly, as they resemble the finely crafted head of a fiddle. Fiddleheads are curled shoots or furled fronds of the ostrich fern that can be cooked and eaten! They are known for their versatility in cooking and their sprouting is a great indicator that spring has arrived.
These wild and seasonal vegetables possess numerous health benefits. They are a source of antioxidants (twice the amount in blueberries), are rich in fibre and potassium, and are low in sodium. They also contain omega-3…Read More
From cakes and sweets to marinades and soups, ginger can be found in most kitchens. Not just fragrant and fresh, this rooted delight is the spice that keeps on giving when it comes to health! It’s undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular spices and medicines.
Gingers is often used in Indian recipes and is a staple spice in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. It’s a must in curry and gives many dishes that touch of spiciness. Fresh ginger and powdered ginger are used around the world and while the powder form may be more convenient, fresh ginger…Read More
Victoria Day weekend is almost here, and that means camping season begins. Many of Canada’s campgrounds will be booked and the mass exodus that seems to happen in Canadian cities every weekend throughout summer is a sign that people are looking to get away from it all. Many will head to cottages and campgrounds for the long weekend, and that means it’s campfire time!
Why not turn your campfire into a culinary experience for everyone to partake in and enjoy? Spend the weekend cooking with bare essentials over a bed of hot coals; it’s the perfect way to…Read More