Holidays

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Inside Sum-m! Kitchen: Pear Crisp Recipe

A few years ago, I went through a phyllo phase. We’re talking about Chicken Pot Pies with a phyllo pastry top. Apple turn overs made with phyllo. Oh, and phyllo wrapped brie. All within a couple weeks of one another. Pear Phyllo Crisp was something I made with my left over phyllo pastry. Now after […]

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Thanksgiving – Turkey, Stuffing, and Dressing

Canadian Thanksgiving is next Monday, October 12th and our neighbour, the USA, won’t be celebrating it till Thursday, November 26th. It is officially turkey season! When it comes to a Turkey dinner, there’s a mandatory side dish of stuffing or is it dressing? Wait – isn’t it the same thing?

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey!

From all of us at Fine Choice Foods – Wishing you good fortune according to all your wishes! Happy Chinese New Year 祝您猴年大吉!

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3 Impressive Ways to Peel Oranges This Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is near. Cue the number of tangerines, mandarin oranges, clementines and oranges being displayed as decoration and gifted as presents to friends and relatives. Odd? Yes.  In reality, it just comes down to a play on words. Tangerines (桔子 (gat zi) or 柑橘 (gam gwat) in Cantonese, 桔 sounds similar to the […]

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Sum-m! Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Favourite Foodie

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… It’s December 1st tomorrow and it’s time to post our holiday gift guide! Some stores have had Christmas decorations for sale since the end of summer. So it’s time to start planning that Christmas gift for that foodie friend of yours, or if […]

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas from an Asian Kitchen

Are you looking for a unique gift item for your food loving friend or family member that seems to have everything? Consider some of these items which are standard items in a well-equipped Asian kitchen. With less than a week until Christmas, here are some last minute stocking ideas. Ceramic Soup Spoons A stack of […]

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The Mid-Autumn Festival and the History of the Mooncake

Today, September 8 is Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) and families all across the world with Chinese and Vietnamese roots will be celebrating. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Lunar Calendar during a full moon. This date varies from year to year according to the Gregorian calendar, but […]

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Tis the Season to Give Back

With thoughts of exchanging gifts and the mass consumerism during this time of the year, it can be easy to forget about a big part of the holidays: tis the season to give back! It’s the perfect time for giving back and supporting the community that you live in. This is a great time and […]

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Setting a Buffet Table: Tips & Tricks

Tis the season to be jolly and entertain friends and family. With plenty of holiday parties to attend or host, you’ll be sure to be feeding people. Whether you do all the cooking yourself or you’re having a potluck dinner, there is an art to putting together a buffet table to optimize flow and feed […]

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Easy Appetizers for Entertaining

The holiday season is upon us and soon you’ll be going to or hosting plenty of parties. Finding the right way to start your meal, can be tricky. You’ll want something delicious, but not time consuming to make. Something unique, and not just plain cheese and crackers. These appetizers for entertaining are crowd favorites and […]

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7 Things to Do With Leftover Candy (That Doesn’t Involve Eating It All)

Days after Halloween and you still have a big sack of Halloween candy. What to do with it all? You don’t want your child to eat it all, and you probably shouldn’t eat it all. Each family has a different way of dealing with the candy from Halloween. Some ban it altogether, some gorge for […]

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7 Quick and Easy Meal Ideas for Halloween Night

Tomorrow is Halloween. Are you ready? With it being a school night, getting the kids out the door quickly and back home safely is important. As soon as it gets dark, they’ll be wanting to get outside trick or treating. The time crunch between getting home and going trick or treating makes it difficult to […]

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Halloween Inspired Meals, Snacks and Sweets

Happy Halloween! This ghoulish holiday is just around the corner. Will you be heading to a Halloween party or two? Here are some healthy (and not so healthy) snack and meal ideas to bring a little spooky fun to your Halloween party. Hauntingly Healthy Snacks Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins These healthy snacks are easy […]

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Unique Takes on Thanksgiving Leftovers

Do you still have the leftovers from Thanksgiving and not sure what to do with them beyond the typical turkey sandwich? Here are some ideas: Flip it Continue the Thanksgiving feast right into the next morning. Start your day off right with cranberry pancakes. Take your favorite pancake recipe and sprinkle some berries into the […]

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Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Table Ideas

The turkey is in the oven, and all the sides are done and ready to go. With an hour to go before your guest arrive, you look at your table and it is a disaster. You have no idea how to pull it together. Don’t fret, here are some of our tips on how to […]

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner for Canadians. Have you planned your meal? There are so many options from the traditional dinner of turkey, stuffing, side dishes, cranberry sauce and pie, or you can dress up each of the dishes into something completely new. Who knew there were so many ways to prepare this holiday […]

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For the Love of Pie

As the leaves change colours and the temperature dips, nothing is better than tucking into a steaming hot pie, except maybe enjoying a delicious pie for dessert. Pie is comfort food at its very best and today we celebrate the humble pie. Whether you prefer your pies savoury or sweet, pie, and all its variations, […]