By Karon Liu Food Writer Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 Every year, home cooks put themselves through the ringer with Thanksgiving dinner, feeling the pressure to please and impress everyone at the dinner table with the perfectly cooked bird and all its trimmings. But there’s nothing wrong with enlisting some help to lessen the stresses of cooking for the holiday, especially if it means saving money and spending more time with friends and less time huddled over a stove. Aside from having a potluck where each guest is in charge of bringing a dish, or getting someone in the kitchen to help wash and cut vegetables, there’s also the option of using a few store-bought items as a shortcut. But which dishes can be assembled using store-bought items and which are best done from scratch? I did an unofficial taste test in The Star test kitchen: preparing store-bought and from-scratch versions of three classic Thanksgiving sides to see which dishes could be made with … [Read more...] about Made from scratch or store-bought? We did a taste test on Thanksgiving sides
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By Paul Hunter Feature Writer Fri., Sept. 21, 2018 BEAMSVILLE, ONT.—The pristine wine bottles, neat rows of glistening glass weighing down the shelves, belie the precarious history of this vineyard. Its story was never this tidy. But the labels — with names such as Start From Scratch, Everything at Stake, The Big Reach and Rose Coloured Glasses — accurately parse what it took for one young couple to build a small, thriving winery on the Niagara peninsula. Christina and Andrew Brooks, two ex-waiters with no agricultural background, maxed out credit cards, started side businesses, twice faced bankruptcy and carried sleep-depriving mortgages, all to follow through on a far-fetched fantasy to become vineyard owners. While their experience, starting as two 20-somethings with no significant savings, isn’t a blueprint for the risk-averse, they showed it is possible to live out a romantic dream when they purchased an abandoned four-hectare … [Read more...] about Four credit cards, three mortgages, two side hustles: How to build a winery from scratch
caption People are re-creating their favorite McDonald’s dishes at home. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider A Facebook group dedicated to re-creating McDonald’s menu items at home is going viral. Home cooks have made their own versions of dishes like the Big Mac, McRib, and McNuggets. People around the world are sharing recipes and photos of their attempts at making some of McDonald’s most iconic items in their own kitchens. People around the world are challenging themselves to re-create homemade versions of some of McDonald’s most iconic menu items. The Facebook group Homemade McDonald’s has exploded in recent months. In the group, which has more than 7,000 members, home cooks share their attempts at making McDonald’s menu items in their own kitchens. “I used to make ‘McDonald’s’ food for friends at barbecues,” Joel Cornell, who started … [Read more...] about People are going viral by making McDonald’s menu items like the Big Mac, McRib, and McNuggets at home — and the dishes look even better than the originals
caption Singapore Airlines serves about 50,000 meals a day. source “Mega Food”/Netflix How airplane food is made can depend on the airline. For Singapore Airlines, they contract an airline catering firm called Gate Gourmet in Switzerland to produce more than 50,000 meals a day. Some of the most fascinating details and secrets from inside Singapore Airline’s food facility include that the kitchen has only five hours to prepare 1,500 meals for a full flight, and one mistake could waste 33 pounds of food at a time. Airplane food has a reputation for not being particularly great. But when you fly Singapore Airlines, there’s a really slim chance you’ll get stuck with a bad meal. Singapore Airlines rakes in tons of awards for being one of the best airlines in the world, and one of the chief considerations for such awards is the food – even in … [Read more...] about The most fascinating details and secrets from inside Singapore Airline’s food facility
By Megan Ogilvie Health Reporter Wed., March 21, 2018 Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, 287 Augusta Ave. Toronto Slice of sour cherry pie, $6.25 Slice of rainbow cake, $6.75 The ask Once a month, Ally Zlatar heads to Toronto to explore the city. Article Continued Below The 21-year-old from Mississauga loves to stroll through downtown neighbourhoods, check out Instagram-worthy spots and seek out delicious eats and treats. “Finding unique foods is part of the fun,” she says. “Something will catch my eye on social media and it looks so good that I have to try it.” On a recent outing, Zlatar fell in love with the rainbow cake at Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, the Kensington Market bakery famous for its welcoming vibe, beautiful baked goods and made-from-scratch pies. The rainbow cake, with its six layers of brightly coloured, naturally flavoured sponge cake and traditional buttercream, is definitely picture perfect. It’s … [Read more...] about How much of an indulgence is a sweet slice from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky?