CORN – Local Corn Now In Season

Local Corn on the Cob.

We Love It! It’s in season. Our buying it helps our local community.

We do love butter on our corn. If you are going to eat corn on the cob you need to slather it in butter. At our house we have a slab of butter exclusively for when we eat corn on the cob. After the corn is prepared and at the table, we take the cob and roll it in the butter. It can get a little messy but we don’t mind. Corn and the Cob and Butter is a great match.

We were shopping at Longo’s and were so excited to see they had a #cornfest special. 10 for $1.00. Yes only a dime a piece. So we had to stock up. We will be adding it to the family menu this week. We will also be creating multiple posts on great recipes that you can incorporate into your summer meals.

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How to prepare Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Corn on the Cob In the husk

1. Cut off the ends so that they don’t burn.

2. Soak in Water for 30 minutes

3. Grill for 15-20 minutes on the BBQ at 350 degrees.

Result: Juicy and full of flavor!!

Effort Level: Low: You don’t have to boil the corn so there is not extra pot to wash up!

 Corn on the Cob in Foil

1. Peel Husks.

2. Place Corn on tin foil, add butter and salt and then wrap up

3. Grill for 15-20 minutes on the BBQ at 350 degrees.

Result: Decadent butter corn

Effort Level: Medium:  There is extra prep time but there is not extra pot to wash up!

Do you enjoy corn on the cob? Do you have a favourite recipe for corn on the cob? Share it with us if you do!

 

 

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Summer Garden

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A garden makes a house a home!

Summer time is in full force and along with summer there are plenty of people out in their yards watering, landscaping and creating beautiful gardens. Like each and every year I watch as neighbors and city gardens liven up with rich colors and heavenly smells and I feel something.

Severe envy.

Envy of their dedication. Envy of their expertise. Envy of their space, and basically everything they have managed to create for themselves. It is a burden to say the least, especially when I am not the most “seasoned” gardener.  I do have a lot of help from friends an family – my own personal gardeners. I have also taken the credit of course!  This year I wanted to tackle it on my own. I needed a miracle… So I googled up a storm on how to create some nice little planters and took tons of little notes on what kinds of things I wanted and what they suggested I needed. I then watched my gardening space intently for a few days to really get a good idea of what kind of sunlight I had to work with, after all I want a garden that would live for longer than a week. I took my list and skipped my way to the store to gather up all the things that I needed:

- Potting soil
- Miracle grow (hopefully my miracle)
- Plants
- Cute gloves
- Watering can
- Spade

I headed home all excited with some gorgeous pink flowers I knew would look great out in the sunlight and sped home faster than I probably should have. I was about to create my own little living garden others could oogle at in envy and I was thrilled!

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With a nice cool drink on hand and all my supplies I put together my first little planter for my garden making sure to follow my google and Miracle Grow instructions to the T!

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In the end my first attempt at flowers was a complete success and I am far too pleased with myself because of it.

So what do you think? Not bad? Do you garden?

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Surprise and Delight – Wishing you a fun #TargetSummer

I love attention. I used to love it from anyone but now that I am getting older I care more for the attention from my friends and family.  That is why I love to celebrate my birthday. My friends call me, they send me messages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin – and all the others.  I get presents, my Barbie Birthday cake – yes I said Barbie – and usually the things I have been hinting about. I am really good at hinting about all of the things I would like on my birthday. Who doesn’t love a good surprise?

Bad thing about birthdays is that you only celebrate them once a year! I was born January so my birthday was months ago. The month following my birthday is Valentine’s Day. That is great because I don’t have to wait too long to get some more attention!  I get chocolate, wine and flowers every year- so far. I just love it. I am like a little kid on February 14th as I wait for my goodies. Sometimes I find them on the kitchen table. Sometimes they are sent to my office (which gives him double the brownie points). Sometimes I am tortured and have to wait to until the end of day!  (he still get brownie points)

Then it ends. I have to wait until Christmas. So let me do the calculation. February 14 – today July 12 = approximately 5 months without any surprises, attention from someone other than myself. Poor me. Are you feeling badly for me yet?

Well today I was given a great gift. A surprise and delight gift from one of my favorite retailers Target Canada. They wanted to wish me a fun summer and sent me a gift card. I was so surprised. I never get these types of surprises. Even better – they are even letting me do the same. I get to surprise and delight someone with a Target Canada gift card as well.

For those in the GTA and if you will be in the Target store today at Toronto Danforth the address is  3003 Danforth Avenue  – you could be surprised and delighted. What does that mean? It could mean a  Complimentary Starbucks coffee or snacks, in-store gift cards, and in some cases paying for an entire shopping cart.

Good Luck!

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat July 4, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The final chat is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chat is about your plans for the upcoming summer months.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our final chat

Date: Friday July 4th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm EDT
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @HeathernHeels, @ChristellaSays, @Mommy_Jennof3,
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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VG Farms–Local Ontario Beef Done Right

Ever wonder about the beef that gets to your table? VG Farms in partnership with Longo’s are introducing a line beef that is fully traceable, a small herd, never fed antibodiotics, free range that are raised right here in Ontario.

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What’s different about this  farm and the Angus beef raised right here in Ontario?

First there is at least one family member involved in every aspect of the process. This helps them to maintain the traditions passed down from there grandfather. They not only have generations of butchering experience but they have been involved in innovation and research.  Beef farming  is really there pride and joy!

They have the VG Tenderness tested logo so you know just how tender your cut of beef is. They are able to ensure that every single steak that you take home is tender.

They are raised, processed and packaged right here in Ontario and they are proud to display the Foodland Ontario logo.

Everything about every head of cattle is fully traceable. The age of the animal is recorded, as where it was raised, and any other significant events that they think we should know. This ensures the quality and consumer safety, you can even use the code on the back to learn the specifics about your cut of beef.

With VG Farms the cattle are on pasture when the pastures are healthy enough to do so. They have a choice of grass from the pasture or a medley or forages and grains that have been harvested close to the farm.  All the beef if free of added growth hormone, and because they work with nutritionists  to ensure good animal health, no antibiotics either. You can definitely tell this small herd is well cared for.

Do you want your beef to be done right, right here in Ontario?

 

 

 

 

 

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat June 27, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The next chat is scheduled on June 27, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming summer months.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our next chat

Date: Friday June 27th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm EDT (1:00 pm – 1:15 pm ADT)
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @SimplyStacieNet, @OlderMommyStill, @Ksceviour, @SuzieRidler
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make this chat? Don’t worry, there is one more coming up!

  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chat June 20, 2014

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The next chat is scheduled on June 20, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming weekend and about getting ready for the official start of summer on June 21, 2013.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our next chat

Date: Friday June 20th, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm EDT
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @PegCityLovely, @MommyOutside, @MommyKatandKids, @TheMommyMix
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make this chat? Don’t worry, there are two more coming up!

  • Friday June 27th, 2014
  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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4 Perfect Steak Recipes from Around the Globe for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend and many of us have dad’s who love a great piece of meat. A Canadian Beef steak is sure to impress your meat loving dad.  Think, there are many options on how you are going to cook that perfect steak to impress dear old dad.

We are sharing just a few recipes from around the globe that we thought just might impress him.

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1.   Asian Grilled Beef Steak- use a marinating steak to make this super easy recipe on the grill.

2. Barcelona Beef Steak with Spanish Couscous Salad-love a deep flavour  then this is the recipe you want to try.

3. Moroccan Rubbed Beef Steak- Explore some of the flavours of the world with this rub.

4. Jamaican Jump Up Marinated Beef Steak -this recipe will make you jump!

Whichever recipe you decide to try your father is sure to be impressed by your steak cooking abilities. Need any tips on cooking steak you can always watch this video. 

Time to heat up the grill, and decide which Canadian beef recipe you are going to try.

 

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Molson Canadian 67 #TangerineTwist Twitter Chats

To kick off summer the right way, Molson Canadian 67 is hosting four mini Twitter Chats on Friday afternoons. The first chat is scheduled on June 13, 2014 and the final one is scheduled on July 4, 2014. The topic of the chats is about your plans for upcoming weekend and about getting ready for the official start of summer on June 21, 2013.

These are good old fashioned Twitter Chats (not Twitter Parties) No RSVPs. No prizing and these twitter chats are just 15 minutes long!

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Join us for our first chat

Date: Friday June 13th, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm PDT (3:00 pm – 3:15 pm EDT)
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/TangerineTwist (for Twitter Party Newbies)
RSVP: No RSVP Required
Prizing: No Prizing
Host: @MolsonCDN67
Guest Hosts: @SweetMamaBrady, @MommyisWeird, @Mom_OnTheRun, @MyChaos, @Eschelle
Hashtag: #TangerineTwist

Can’t make the first chat? Don’t worry, there are three more coming up!

  • Friday June 20th, 2014
  • Friday June 27th, 2014
  • Friday July 4th, 2014

The new Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is a great tasting drink. With a delicious summery tangerine taste and only 67 calories per 341ml bottle, it’s the perfect drink to balance your healthy lifestyle and barbeque season.

Molson Canadian 67 Tangerine Twist is only here for a limited time, so get it while you still can.

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Join the Lentil Hunter in Umbria! Searching The Globe For The Best Recipes!

When we think of Italian food we tend to think of pizza and pasta. The Lentil Hunter is taking us on a journey through the Umbrian countryside in Italy to show us more reasons to add lentils to our daily routine and how a relatively simple dish can be both, tasty and nutritious.

Italian cooking is a lot more than just pasta, pizza and tomatoes. In the ancient walled city of Norcia, Umbrian lentils & sausage is on every menu. Its rustic simplicity includes some of the best loved flavours of Italy. Italians are extraordinarily passionate about their local ingredients, so it’s no wonder this famous dish highlights lentils and sausage. It comes from the hills of Umbria, where heritage pigs roam the land and pasta plays second fiddle to locally grown lentils.

This recipe is from the Italy webisode of Lentil Hunter with Chef Michael Smith.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 4 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups Canadian green lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 large Italian-style sausages
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • A bottle of your very best olive oil for drizzling

Directions

  1. Italian cooks begin this dish with a colorful soffrito flavor base. Here’s how. Splash the olive oil into a soup pot over medium heat. Add the aromatic vegetables: onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir gently without browning. In just a few minutes, the heat will brighten the flavors and colors. Add the tomato and stir a few minutes longer, 10 minutes in total.
  2. Add the lentils and stir for a few moments, evenly coating each seed with a thin film of oil. This will help the lentils stay distinct. Pour in the water and toss in the salt. Over highest heat, while stirring gently, bring the works to a full, furious boil. Adjust the heat, lowering the pace to a slow, steady simmer. Cover and continue cooking until the lentils cook through and tenderize, about 30 minutes.
  3. As the lentils simmer, turn your attention to the sausages. Cook and brown them any way you care to: on a grill, in a frying pan with a thin film of oil, or in your oven. When they’re done and delicious, transfer to the simmering pot. Any juices and flavourful bits they release should also be added to the lentils. In a pinch, you can even skip the browning and simply submerge the raw sausages in the simmering lentils. By the time the lentils are done, the sausages will have cooked through.
  4. Cut the bread into long, thin slices and toast, bake or grill until lightly browned and delicious.
  5. When the lentils are done, serve and share them with the sausages and crisp bread. Feel free to slice the sausages or simply serve them whole. Drizzle the works with olive oil, too. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6
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We hope you had the opportunity to join the Twitter Party and ask all of your questions. Chef Michael Smith gave valuable insight into the destinations and great back stories. For more information on the Lentil Hunter please visit www.lentils.ca.



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